Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations


Course Overview

Average Course Fee: $5500

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This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to supervise laboratory operations within a work area or project team.

Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include laboratory supervisors, senior technical officers and similar personnel.

Senior technicians or laboratory supervisors are generally responsible for the planning, allocation of tasks, coordination, quality assurance, recording and reporting of laboratory outputs within their section. This requires significant judgement about work sequences, and choice of appropriate technology and procedures to ensure that products and services meet customer expectations and are provided safely and efficiently in keeping with the enterprise business plan. Under broad direction from scientists/medical staff/engineers, the senior technician/supervisor accepts responsibility for the day-to-day operation of his/her work/functional area.

They are often responsible for the effective implementation of operational policies and the technical training of personnel in their work area. They also contribute significantly to the development of these policies through the application of specialised technical knowledge.

The work of laboratory supervisors involves frequent peak periods, multiple and competing demands and frequent interruptions. Immediate decisions are often required. They must be adaptable to deal with the demands brought about by any of a number of causes. For example:

  • a range of demanding clients, suppliers or contractors
  • changes in technology
  • regularly changing priorities.
  • In the course of their normal work, they:

  • plan, allocate and monitor resources for their work area and are responsible for their work group’s outputs
  • apply in-depth technical knowledge and skills to deliver the variety of products and services associated with the work area
  • explain complex instructions and procedures to others
  • define and solve complex problems by investigating, developing and testing alternatives in response to vague or ill-defined information that is not readily accessible and requires selective analysis
  • make significant contributions to the development of technical and operational policy and procedures within a function or work area
  • liaise with outside organisations, customers, suppliers and contractors on technical matters
  • provide technical information to internal and external customers
  • often provide workplace training and assessment
  • implement, maintain and promote work health and safety (WHS), quality and other compliance requirements and conduct audits
  • work under the general direction of laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical personnel.
  • They may also undertake a range of complex technical tasks. For example:

  • conduct a wide range of complex and specialised tests
  • exercise considerable analytical skills and judgement to determine appropriate methods and procedures from a range of alternatives
  • modify methods to cope with non-routine tests and analyses where unusual samples could be involved and/or where the instrumental controls require optimisation
  • develop or adapt methods and procedures.
  • No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

    Student Outcomes

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    Satisfied with Training

    Percentage of graduates in the Natural and Physical Sciences field who were satisfied with the training (Diploma and above).

    Improved Work Status

    Percentage of graduates in the Natural and Physical Sciences field who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay (Diploma and above).


    The middle of the range of salaries earned by graduates in the Natural and Physical Sciences field starting their first ever full-time job after graduating (Diploma and above).


    Graduates of the Natural and Physical Sciences field (Diploma and above) are most often employed as:

    Technicians and Trades Workers


    Technicians and Trades Workers






    Graduates of the Natural and Physical Sciences field (Diploma and above) are most often employed in:

    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services


    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
    Health Care and Social Assistance


    Health Care and Social Assistance



    All statistics are supplied by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

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    VET Student Loans

    This course is eligible for a VET Student Loan from the Australian Government to assist students with paying tuition fees. The maximum amount that can be loaned for this course is $10,717.

    The initial debt amount (including the loan fee, if applicable) plus indexation must be paid back once the loan recipient starts earning over a certain amount. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2019-20 income year is $45,881.

    Career Information

    Career development is the ongoing process of managing your life, learning and work. It involves developing the skills and knowledge that enable you to plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.

    Laboratory Operations Career Pathway

    Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations is in the Natural and Physical Sciences Field of Education. For more information about this kind of career, you can explore Laboratory Operations.

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    Australian Apprenticeships

    Australian Apprenticeships (also known as apprenticeships and traineeships) combine work with training in a nationally recognised qualification. Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age and offer opportunities to learn new skills and be paid in over 500 different jobs.

    This qualification is available as an Australian Apprenticeship in the states and territories highlighted in blue on the map. For more information go to the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.


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