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Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Course Code MSL40122

  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • On Campus
  • Moorabbin

This course is not available for International Students


The Certificate IV In Laboratory Techniques provides you with training in all aspects of laboratory operations, including Work health and safety (WHS), use of analytical instrumentation (manual, semi-automated and automated), laboratory management systems (LMS), aseptic, chemistry, microscopy, and different biological techniques.

Career Opportunities

  • laboratory Assistant
  • research Assistant
  • quality control assistant technician
  • environmental lab assistant
  • medical lab assistant
  • industrial process assistant
  • educational lab assistant
  • commercial lab assistant
  • pathology lab assistant

Pathway to further studies

  • MSL50122 Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Studying the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques at Holmesglen

Learn from our experienced teaching staff, who all hold postgraduate qualifications across a variety of science disciplines.<p>The course is delivered in Holmesglen's specialised pathology and biotechnology education facility, where an emphasis is placed on practical training.<p>Our instrumentation is reflective of what you will use in industry and will prepare you to confidently start your career in a laboratory.<p>Holmesglen graduates are well regarded in the industry and are employed in the pathology, food, environmental, education, and research industries.<p>After the successful completion of all units in the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques course, students will have the option of consolidating their training by way of a non-compulsory work placement, under the direct supervision of industry professionals. Students who opt to take up a work placement will also need to provide Holmesglen with a current police check and a Volunteer Working with Children’s Check.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age at course commencement.<p>Prior to enrolment or commencement of training, you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability for the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


<strong>Timetable:<br>Full Time: 4 days per week for one year 9am - 5pm</strong>
Unit code Unit name
MSL944002 Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL924005 Process and interpret data
MSL934009 Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL934008 Maintain instruments and equipment
Unit code Unit name
MSL974034 Perform biological procedures
MSL973027 Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
MSL973028 Perform microscopic examination
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
MSL974031 Prepare, standardise and use solutions
MSL904003 Perform standard calibrations
MSL954006 Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples
MSL914002 Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
MSL974032 Perform chemical tests and procedures
MSL953005 Receive and prepare samples for testing
MSL974033 Perform food tests
MSL924006 Use laboratory application software


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.


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Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive the MSL40122 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $15,620
Government subsidised $3,740
Concession $748

Additional Course Cost

Unisex Lab Coat with Holmesglen logo approx. $45.00* <br>Safety Glasses approx. $6.75* <br>Pipette filler HHH Brand approx. $27.00* <br>Slip resistant shoes approx. $138.60* <br>*Please note prices are an estimate only and subject to change

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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