Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
|Program length||Part time: 2 years|
|Study mode||Part time|
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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.
AssessmentAssessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.
Code Name MSL913001A Communicate with other people MSL922001A Record and present data MSL943002A Participate in laboratory/ field workplace safety MSL913002A Plan and conduct laboratory/ field work MSL933001A Maintain the laboratory fit for purpose MSL933002A Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques MSL973002A Prepare working solutions MSAENV272A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSL973001A Perform basic test MSL973007A Perform microscopic examinations MSL953001A Receive and prepare samples for testing MSL973003A Prepare culture media
When undertaking the course, you must be enrolled as a VCE or VCAL student.
Qualification & RecognitionThis 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 Techniques, Diploma of Laboratory Technology and Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations.
This course is suitable if you have an interest in biological testing, biotechnology, chemical testing, environmental monitoring, food testing and pathology testing.
This program is delivered on Wednesdays, 1pm - 4.30pm.
How to Apply
Contact your secondary school.
If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:
VETiS Coordination Centre
03 9209 5109
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