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Diploma of Laboratory Technology

National ID: MSL50118 | State ID: BDV4


Gain complex skills in laboratory technologies

This course will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to use laboratory application software, plan and conduct laboratory/field work and communicate and provide information to customers. You will also be able to specialise in a diverse range of industries including chemical, medical and pathological, mining, biological, and environmental fields.

Gain these skills
  • Analyse, process and interpret data
  • Report results
  • Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • A strong interest in science and chemistry
  • Able to adhere to workplace safety standards
  • Good communication skills and able to work as part of a team
  • Normal colour vision

Please note: You need to have completed the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques or equivalent to gain entrance into this Diploma qualification.


Core Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Process and interpret data MSL924003 OAC15
Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment  MSL934004 OAC45
Use laboratory application software MSL924004 OAC85
Analyse data and report results MSL925004 OAC01
Monitor the quality of test results and data MSL935007 OAC90

Elective Units common to both streams


Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Perform basic tests MSL973013 OAC76
Perform aseptic techniques MSL973019 OAC93
Perform microscopic examination MSL973019 OAC81
Perform chemical tests and procedures MSL974019 OAC78
 Apply routine spectrometric techniques MSL975048 OAC69
Perform microbiological procedures MSL975035 OAC20

Elective Units - Biology stream


Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Perform haematological  tests MSL973019 OAC51
Perform histological tests MSL975029 OAC58
Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples  MSL954003 OAC81
Perform molecular biology tests and procedures MSL975034 OAC46
 Apply routine spectrometric techniques MSL975048 OAC69

Elective Units - Chemistry stream


Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Perform complex  tests to measure chemical propertis of materials MSL975046 OAC13
Perform fire assay techniques MSL975041 OAC26
Perform fire pouring techniques MSL973023 OAC83
Apply complex instrumental techniques MSL975047 OAC57

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Course Overview

WhereEast Perth

One year (2 semesters) after completion of Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
Available Semester 2, 2018
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Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


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Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.

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International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

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Please note, fees are subject to change.

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