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This Certificate III in Laboratory Skills qualification will provide you with a full range of technical skills and basic scientific knowledge for a career in a laboratory environment. Learn how to perform the essential functions of sampling and testing, and develop stronger workplace communication skills. For employees across the mining, pharmaceutical, biological and environmental science industries. Course details

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South Bank

Key dates and info


Full time: 16 weeks / 3 days per week: 2 days of on campus attendence and 1 day dedicated to online study
Workplace/TAFE: 2 years / Varies

Course details


  • Full Fee $4,460
  • Subsidised $884
  • Concession $437

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Practical, hands-on classes combined with state-of-the-art facilities and purpose-built learning areas make us a standout amongst training providers. Better than that though, many of our facilities are acknowledged by industry as being amongst the best in Australia.

Payment options

There are three main options available to help pay your study fees: - Full fee: VET FEE-HELP, Payment Plans - Subsided courses: Certificate 3 Guarantee, Higher Level Skills (HLS) - Government concession courses

Course snapshot

Key dates

South Bank Any time Varies Workplace/TAFE
13 Feb 2018 Full time / 3 days per week: 2 days of on campus attendence and 1 day dedicated to online study Classroom

Entry requirements

This qualification has no formal entry requirements however TAFE Queensland Brisbane has the following selection criteria:

Full-time delivery:

  • Year 10 or equivalent.

If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.

Workplace/TAFE delivery:

  • Applicants for this workplace based qualification are required to be currently employed in a laboratory or testing environment with support from a suitably qualified workplace supervisor. The scope of work based tasks available to the applicant must be sufficient to fulfil the practical requirements of this program.


South Bank
Ernest Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.


View the timetable. Please note, the timetable for future semesters may differ to the current schedule. If you need help or can't find what you're looking for, give us a call on 1300 712 007.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 7 elective units from the list below. Electives may differ between TAFE Queensland locations and regions.

MSL913001 Communicate with other people Core
MSL913002 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work Core
MSL922001 Record and present data Core
MSL933002 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives Core
MSL943002 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety Core
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
MSL973002 Prepare working solutions Elective
MSL973001 Perform basic tests Elective
MSL973003 Prepare culture media Elective
MSL973004 Perform aseptic techniques Elective
MSL973007 Perform microscopic examination Elective
MSL954001 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan Elective
MSL904001 Perform standard calibrations Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Brisbane has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 712 007. We're here to help.



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Full fee

This is the total cost of the course.

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of subsidised courses.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Living in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

Give us a call to find out more.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

Students can access a range of print, copy, scan and fax services via MyPrint.


MSL30116 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Articulation Options:

Job prospects

  • Laboratory Assistants
  • Instrument Operators
  • Laboratory Technicians

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

Benjamin Hutley

Amazing facilities and exciting labs

"TAFE is a great place with amazing facilities and exciting labs. The teachers give you the fundamentals that are expected in the workplace. The teachers are engaging and it is fun to learn."

Benjamin Hutley
Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the Student Rules and Withdrawals and Refund Policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this to TAFE Queensland.

All done? Then you're ready to enrol

All done? You're ready to enrol



Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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At the beginning of each semester we host orientation events across our locations so you can meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. We also throw in a bunch of free activities, because... why not? We like to have fun.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 16 January 2018

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