Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Course code: MSL30118

This is an entry level course for laboratory personnel in many industry sectors such as construction, materials testing, environmental monitoring, food testing, pathology testing and mineral assaying. Students contemplating engineering or science pathways like scientific research, biomedical science, chemical engineering, or similar will also benefit from the practical skills gained in this course.

Are you suitable?
Consider this course if you are:

  • Organised and patient
  • Interested in science
  • Careful and methodical
  • Flexible and able to adapt in a team setting
  • Likely to question processes
  • Interested in a career in the sciences or engineering

For more information about this course, download the Information Booklet.

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  • Sample competencies covered in Units 1 & 2 include:
    • Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
    • Receive and prepare samples for testing
    • Perform basic tests
  • Sample competencies covered in Units 3 & 4 include:
    • Perform aseptic techniques
    • Prepare working solutions
    • Perform microscopic examination

Box Hill Institute

Holmesglen Institute

Box Hill Institute
RTO Number: 4687

Holmesglen Institute
RTO Number: 0416

Box Hill Institute (Elgar Campus)
Units 1 & 2 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Units 3 & 4 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Holmesglen Institute (Moorabbin Campus)
Units 1 & 2 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Units 3 & 4 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 4.30pm


Part Time / Face to Face

This is a two year course.

Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.

To be considered for this program, students must have successfully completed Year 9 Maths.

80 hours of work placement (over two years) is strongly recommended.

Contact the VET Coordinator at your Secondary College for specific information regarding your College’s application process. Your VET Coordinator and/or staff from your Secondary College will assist you with planning for your VCE or VCAL certificate and will advise you where a VET Course fits within this plan. They will also give you information about travel arrangements and any costs associated with VET Courses.

For information on the IMVC Application Process please go to About VET Delivered in Schools.

Contact your school to discuss fees for VET courses.

VCAL: This program contributes to the Industry Specific Skills Strand and may also contribute to the Work Related Skills Strand.

VCE: Students may be eligible to receive recognition of up to three units at the Units 1 & 2 level and a Units 3 & 4 sequence.

ATAR: Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the Units 3 & 4 sequence must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of gaining a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the primary four or as a fifth or sixth study.

  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Scientist

Normal school wear including closed-toed shoes should be worn. All items such as safety glasses, lab coats and gloves will be provided to students.