Certificate III in Laboratory Skills


Course code MSL30109
Start date(s) February
Course lengthPart time: 2 years
Campus Chadstone
Study mode Part time
International course No
  • Course Overview

    This course is a VET in Schools program and can only be completed as part of your VCE or VCAL program.

    During this course, you can complement and expand your scientific studies by gaining the practical skills and knowledge to assist in collecting and preparing samples and to carry out, measure and record results of experiments in the physical, chemical, biological or life sciences. You will learn skills in maintaining a laboratory, routine sampling and testing, recording data, and using laboratory computing programs. You will also learn how to prepare cultures, perform sterile techniques and assist with field work.

    This course will be undertaken in the new state-of-the-art laboratories at Holmesglen Chadstone where you will have access to equipment that can usually only be found in a technical setting.

    Download the VETiS Certificate III in Laboratory Skills flyer.

  • Course Structure

    To receive this qualification you must complete 6 core units and 7 elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications.


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


    MSL913001ACommunicate with other people
    MSL922001ARecord and present data
    MSL943002AParticipate in laboratory/ field workplace safety
    MSL913002APlan and conduct laboratory/ field work
    MSL933001AMaintain the laboratory fit for purpose
    MSL933002AContribute to the achievement of quality objectives
    MSL973004APerform aseptic techniques
    MSL973002APrepare working solutions
    MSAENV272AParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    MSL973001APerform basic test
    MSL973007APerform microscopic examinations
    MSL953001AReceive and prepare samples for testing
    MSL973003APrepare culture media
  • Requirements


    When undertaking the course, you must be enrolled as a VCE or VCAL student.

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    This course is a VET in Schools program and is part of your VCE or VCAL program.

    Students who complete MSL30109 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills will be eligible for up to six units of credit towards their VCE: four units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

    Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student's best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.

    Where a student elects not to receive a study score for VCE VET Laboratory Skills, no contribution to the ATAR will be available.

    Students wishing to receive a study score for VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment. This consists of three coursework tasks, worth 66% of the overall study score and an end of year examination, worth 34% of the overall study score. 

    Scored assessment is based on the Units 3 and 4 sequence of MSL30109 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.


    This program leads to the award of a qualification that articulates directly to further qualifications including the Certificate IV in Laboratory TechniquesDiploma of Laboratory Technology and Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations.

    Career Opportunities

    This course is suitable if you have an interest in biological testing, biotechnology, chemical testing, environmental monitoring, food testing and pathology testing.

  • Dates


    This program is delivered on Wednesdays, 1pm - 4.30pm.

  • How to Apply


    Contact your secondary school.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    VETiS Coordination Centre 
    03 9209 5109


    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

    Contact your school to discuss fees for VETiS courses.

Pathology & Laboratory Testing Open Days

  • 15Sep
    Laboratory Skills

    Looking to gain confidence in the field of science?

    If you have not previously undertaken study in science, or would like to refresh your skills and science knowledge, the Certificate III in Laboratory Skills is designed for you. This program equips you with a qualification which will prepare you with the skills to work in a variety of laboratories.

    Visit us on Open Day for a presentation highlighting pathway options and course information followed by a tour of the biotechnology facilities. Please arrive at the starting time to ensure you don’t miss any vital information. Session will conclude after the tour.

    - , Thu 15 Sep - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road, Chadstone, Vic Australia

  • 15Sep

    At Holmesglen we teach you the skills and knowledge to seek employment as a pathology collector.

    Visit us on Open Day for a formal presentation on the pathology industry, followed by a tour of our specialised state of the art facilities. Meet our expert teachers who will explain how you can graduate work ready and apply your skills to real life situations.

    - , Thu 15 Sep - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus, 488 South Road, Moorabbin, Vic Australia