Qualification Details

Certificate III in Laboratory Skills


If you love being in the science lab, then our Cert III in Laboratory Skills is the ideal qualification to get you into this microscopic world of wonder. With a focus on collecting, sampling, identifying and analysing, you'll be able to make the perfect step forward in your science career. 
The Cert III in Laboratory Skills provides you with the opportunity to learn basic lab skills using measurement, microscopes, and data analysis. It's the perfect entry to help you understand the microscopic world that we live in and how to identify and manage samples found in everyday situations. 

Working with Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, you'll get a front row seat to how a real laboratory works and functions. 

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2023 Program Units Included:

MSL913003 Communicate with other people
MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/fieldwork 
MSL922001 Record and present data
MSL933006 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSL933005 Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
MSL973013 Perform basic tests
MSL973015 Prepare culture media
MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques
MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination 
MSL924003 Process and interpret data
MSL974017 Prepare, standardise and use solutions

Education Pathway and Job Opportunities
We love to link our Cert IIIs and Cert IVs into a pathway program to ensure that our students are moving in the right direction towards their future. Once you have completed the Cert III in Laboratory skills, and you can show us that you have passed Year 10 English and Maths, you are able to move onto the Cert IV in Science (Biology) Forensic Science Focus. Completion of Cert IV will allow you to satisfy University Entry Requirements to most Universities. 

According to seek.com.au, the Cert III in Laboratory Skills also opens up opportunities for you to gain work as a Laboratory Assistant in a variety of different businesses

Minimum Requirements
Students are provided content, videos, podcasts, activities, excursions, incursions as well as case studies and scenarios in our online environment, followed by time in the classroom to put their knowledge and skills into practice. You must have your own device (tablet or laptop etc) to access your course.

It's preferable that students wishing to study with us need to have​ achieved a C grade minimum in English in year 10. Talk to us if you don't meet this requirement.​To start the process, you will need to get in contact with your school's VET Coordinator to request their support for you to complete this qualification. You will need to complete the Student Application Pack and get their signature on it and then forward it to us for approval. We run our programs on either a Thursday or Friday during school terms. If your school does not release students on these days - please get in contact to discuss your situation and hopefully we can help find a solution!
  • This certificate on its own is $2000. 
  • If you enrol for a dual qualification (Cert III followed by a Cert IV) there is a $300 discount at the end of the second year ($4100 for both). 
How to apply:
  1. Complete the Student application Pack and gather all supporting documentation and signatures. 
  2. Come back to this webpage and click APPLY. 
  3. Complete the requested information and upload your supporting documentation. You'll need your recent school report showing grades, your OLNA, and your vaccination status. 
  4. You’ll receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. Please make sure you receive this as it may be an indication that you have input your email address incorrectly. Make sure you check spam/junk. 
  5. Letters of offer will be sent out in September with instructions on how to enrol into the course.