Overview

The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills offers entry-level technical training in laboratory operations across a range of industries. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge to safely handle chemicals, use basic equipment and follow procedures. This course is ideal for existing laboratory assistants and instrument operators who want to refine their abilities.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
Course currently in transition

The course code, title, units, and content may change. Further information will become available on our website, upon enrolment or during your studies.

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Skills you’ll learn

  • Basic laboratory techniques
  • Handling chemical safety techniques
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Following & understanding of laboratory procedures

Your career opportunities

  • Laboratory attendant
  • Chemical process operator
  • Entry level positions

Location options

Why Swinburne?

Our students have gained employment in pathology labs.

Completing this course allows you to pathway into the Bachelor of Science.

Admissions

VET in School students apply via their school.

To apply for workplace training (traineeship), applicants must be working in a relevant workplace and have employer approval to enrol.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

To be awarded a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills, competency must be achieved in a total of 13 units, consisting of five core units and eight elective units.

This course is only offered as a VET in Schools course (units pre-selected) or for workplace training (units selected as per work requirements).

Workplace electives will be chosen based on employee workplace roles, employer and trainer / assessor arrangements.

5
Core units
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8
Elective units
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Certificate III
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 720

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Apply communication skills
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
BSBCMM211
Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
MSL943004
Record and present data
Core unit
MSL922002
Plan and conduct laboratory / field work
Core unit
MSL913004
Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
MSL933009
Elective units
Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
MSL933005
Perform standard calibrations
Elective unit
MSL904003
Receive and prepare samples for testing
Elective unit
MSL953005
Perform basic tests
Elective unit
MSL973025
Prepare working solutions
Elective unit, 50.0 credit points
MSL973026
Prepare culture media
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
MSL973015
Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination
Elective unit
MSL973027
Perform microscopic examination
Elective unit
MSL973028

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$8350

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

2,280

Concession rate* ($AUD)

$456

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Apply through VETSS

(VETDSS) gives Year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to undertake nationally recognised training that contributes to the VCE or VCE Vocational Major (VM).

Course code
MSL30122
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