About this course
Are you looking to study a practical science course that will get you work-ready for a career in a variety of scientific laboratory settings?
This on-campus Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40109) course at The Gordon TAFE will teach you essential laboratory techniques for work as a technical assistant in industries where specialist scientific or medical technical skills are required. It also forms the first year of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (MSL50109), offering you an ideal further study pathway.
You’ll learn essential theory and a broad range of laboratory techniques and technical skills, as well as workplace OHS and sustainability skills.
Key learning areas include microbiology, chemistry, food testing, pathology testing, data management and communication.
Assessment will take the form of:
- Hands-on projects
- Written assignments
To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Possess at least Year-11 level language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills
- If there are more applications than vacancies, you might be required to attend an interview to demonstrate your experience and aptitude
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be available for skills and knowledge obtained through previous study or other relevant experience.
In this Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40109) course, the units of competency you may study include:
- MSL934002A ‒ Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
- MSL913001A ‒ Communicate with other people
- MSL935004A ‒ Maintain instruments and equipment
- MSL954001A ‒ Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
- MSAENV272A ‒ Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
- MSL943002A ‒ Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety
- MSL973004A ‒ Perform aseptic techniques
- MSL974006A ‒ Perform biological procedures
- MSL974003A ‒ Perform chemical tests and procedures
- MSL973008A ‒ Perform histological procedures
- MSL973008A_16 ‒ Perform histological procedures
- MSL973007A ‒ Perform microscopic examination
- HLTPAT419C ‒ Perform pathology tests
- MSL904001A ‒ Perform standard calibrations
- MSL913002A ‒ Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
- MSL973003A ‒ Prepare culture media
- MSL974001A ‒ Prepare standardise and use solutions
Why The Gordon?
The Gordon is an award-winning TAFE that has been providing high-quality education and training for over 125 years. As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, it services more than 19,000 students each year. Thanks to three purpose-built campuses – in Geelong City, East Geelong, and in Werribee – students are provided with a hands-on learning experience in settings modelled on real-world industry environments. The Gordon also boasts one of the most comprehensive and diverse course ranges in all of Western Victoria, with over 230 accredited qualifications to choose from. Students receive the added benefit of access to The Gordon’s pathway program, which provides articulation and credit transfer opportunities at Deakin University.
East Geelong – 2 Fenwick St, Geelong VIC 3220
Geelong City – Boundary Rd, East Geelong VIC 3219
Werribee Learning Centre – 9 Bridge St, Werribee VIC 3030
The Gordon offers its students access to an array of support services, including academic resources and on-site facilities to help make your time on campus happy, healthy and supportive.
The Gordon Library and study support team is on hand to provide personalised assistance with everything from essay writing to note-taking, and also includes an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for non-native English speakers. Tailored services are also available via the Aboriginal Education Unit and Disability Support Services offices. Career guidance can be sought from the Careers team at any time, and for anyone struggling with personal hardship, a free and confidential counselling service is available at both the Geelong City campus and East campus.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: