Certificate III in Laboratory Skills - VETiS

Program code MSL30109
Start date(s) February
Program lengthPart time: 2 years
Campus Chadstone
Study mode Part time
International program No
  • Program 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.

  • Program Structure


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

    Core Subjects

    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. First year provides two units towards VCE at Units 1 & 2 level or 2 VCAL units. Second year offers a study score for the ATAR if students opt to sit for the examination, two units towards VCE at Units 3 & 4 level or two VCAL units.


    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.

    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, 1.00pm - 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

  • Fees

    Contact your school to discuss fees for VETiS courses.

Pathology & Laboratory Testing Open Days

  • 21Jan
    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 Days 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. If you would like to enrol on the day, our staff will be able to assist you with this.

    - , Wed 21 Jan - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road, Chadstone, Vic Australia

  • 21Jan

    Did you know Holmesglen is considered the trainer of choice by Melbourne Pathology and St Vincent’s Hospital? So as a graduate you can be confident that your skills and knowledge are highly regarded by employers.

    You will be taught by expert teachers in Holmesglen’s specialised pathology facilities, where the focus is on giving you practical hands on training. Throughout your studies, you will be able to take skills that you have learnt and apply them to real life situations.

    Visit us on Open Days for a presentation highlighting pathway options and course information followed by a tour of the pathology facilities.

    - , Wed 21 Jan - bookings essential.

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