Qualification details

MSL40116 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 01/Mar/2016

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory TechniquesSupersedes and is equivalent to MSL40109 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques 29/Feb/2016


Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
HLTPAT317C - Operate effectively within a pathology testing environmentOperate effectively within a pathology testing environment Elective
HLTPAT419C - Perform Pathology TestsPerform Pathology Tests Elective
MSL905001 - Perform non-standard calibrationsPerform non-standard calibrations Elective
MSL905002 - Create or modify calibration proceduresCreate or modify calibration procedures Elective
MSL905003 - Create or modify automated calibration proceduresCreate or modify automated calibration procedures Elective
MSL913001 - Communicate with other peopleCommunicate with other people Core
MSL913002 - Plan and conduct laboratory/field workPlan and conduct laboratory/field work Core
MSL914001 - Prepare practical science classes and demonstrationsPrepare practical science classes and demonstrations Elective
MSL915001 - Provide information to customersProvide information to customers Elective
MSL915002 - Schedule laboratory work for a small teamSchedule laboratory work for a small team Elective
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 311000 Agricultural, Medical And Science Technicians 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0199 Other Natural And Physical Sciences 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 311000 Agricultural, Medical And Science Technicians 09/Aug/2016 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0199 Other Natural And Physical Sciences 09/Aug/2016 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 01/Mar/2016 
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Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL40109 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Qualification Description

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of laboratory techniques to conduct tests and sampling in a variety of industry sectors.

Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include technical assistants, technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel.

Technical assistants undertake a wide range of sampling and testing that requires the application of a broad range of technical skills and some scientific knowledge. Although technical assistants generally work in a laboratory, they often work closely with other personnel throughout the workplace and with suppliers. They may assist other personnel to solve technical problems and to adjust formulations and production mixes. They may also train them to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably.

The work of technical assistants involves similar tasks within one scientific discipline with occasional peak periods and some interruptions. They:

  • work according to established procedures in a structured environment
  • collect and prepare samples
  • conduct a wide range of basic tests and a limited range of specialised tests and measurements using manual, semi-automated and fully automated techniques
  • define and solve problems of limited complexity where the information available is less obvious, but not contradictory, and can be determined by direct reasoning
  • work under the direction and regular supervision of senior technical staff, laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical personnel. The work of technical assistants is normally subject to frequent progress and quality checks
  • generally work in a team and may have responsibility for their own work outputs.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

To be awarded the MSL40116 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques competency must be achieved in a total of seventeen (17)  units of competency, consisting of:

  • six (6)  core units of competency
  • eleven (11)  elective units of competency.

Note : Units marked with an asterisk have one or more prerequisite requirements and must be considered in the total number of units. Please refer to individual units for details.

Core units of competency 

Select all six (6)  of the following units of competency.

Unit code 

Unit title 

MSL913001

Communicate with other people

MSL913002

Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

MSL924001

Process and interpret data

MSL934002

Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

MSL943002

Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

MSMENV272

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

ELECTIVE UNITS 

  • Select eleven (11)  elective units from Groups A, B and C as specified below:
  • a minimum of five (5)  units must be selected from Group A
  • the remainder may be chosen from Groups A, B and C, with a maximum of four (4)  from Group B and a maximum of three (3)  from Group C, to bring the total number of electives to eleven (11) .

Note that three (3)  of the elective units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available at Certificate IV.

Group A Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL904001

Perform standard calibrations

MSL914001

Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations

MSL924002

Use laboratory application software

MSL934001

Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans

MSL934003

Maintain and control stocks

MSL944001

Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety

MSL954001

Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan

MSL954002

Prepare mineral samples for analysis

MSL974001

Prepare, standardise and use solutions

MSL974002

Conduct geotechnical site investigations

MSL974003

Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL974004

Perform food tests

MSL974005

Perform physical tests

MSL974006

Perform biological procedures

MSL974007

Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

MSL974008

Capture and manage scientific images

MSL974009

Undertake field-based, remote-sensing monitoring

MSL974010

Perform mechanical tests

MSL974011

Prepare tissue and cell cultures

*

MSL974012

Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials

*

MSL974013

Monitor performance of structures

*

MSL974014

Classify soils

*

MSL974015

Operate an automated mineral analysis system

HLTPAT419C

Perform pathology tests

MSMENV472

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Group B Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL933001

Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose

MSL933002

Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives

MSL933003

Apply critical control point requirements

MSL933004

Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance

MSL943001

Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation

MSL953001

Receive and prepare samples for testing

MSL953002

Operate a robotic sample preparation system

MSL963001

Operate basic handblowing equipment

MSL963002

Repair glass apparatus using simple glassblowing equipment

*

MSL973001

Perform basic tests

MSL973002

Prepare working solutions

MSL973003

Prepare culture media

MSL973004

Perform aseptic techniques

MSL973005

Assist with fieldwork

MSL973006

Prepare trial batches for evaluation

MSL973007

Perform microscopic examination

MSL973008

Perform histological procedures

MSL973009

Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973010

Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973011

Perform fire pouring techniques

MSL973012

Perform site investigation activities

HLTPAT317C

Operate effectively within a pathology testing environment

TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

Group C Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL905001

Perform non-standard calibrations

*

MSL905002

Create or modify calibration procedures

*

MSL905003

Create or modify automated calibration procedures

*

MSL915001

Provide information to customers

MSL915002

Schedule laboratory work for a small team

MSL925001

Analyse data and report results

*

MSL925002

Analyse measurements and estimate uncertainties

*

MSL935001

Monitor the quality of test results and data

*

MSL935002

Assist in the maintenance of reference materials

MSL935003

Authorise the issue of test results

*

MSL935004

Maintain instruments and equipment

MSL955001

Supervise a robotic sample preparation system

*

MSL965001

Design and manufacture glass apparatus and glass systems

*

MSL965002

Perform glass coating, grinding and finishing operations

*

MSL965003

Construct, modify and maintain high vacuum systems

*

MSL975001

Perform microbiological tests

*

MSL975002

Perform haematological tests

*

MSL975003

Perform histological tests

*

MSL975004

Perform chemical pathology tests

*

MSL975005

Conduct sensory analysis

MSL975006

Perform immunohaematological tests

*

MSL975007

Supervise sampling, inspections and testing at construction sites

*

MSL975008

Apply electrophoretic techniques

*

MSL975009

Apply routine chromatographic techniques

*

MSL975010

Perform fire assay techniques

*

MSL975011

Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys

*

MSL975012

Provide input to production trials

*

MSL975013

Perform tissue and cell culture techniques

*

MSL975014

Perform molecular biology tests and procedures

*

MSL975015

Prepare animal and plant material for display

MSL975016

Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materials

*

MSL975017

Perform laboratory-based ecological techniques

*

MSL975018

Perform complex tests to measure chemical properties of materials

*

MSL975019

Apply complex instrumental techniques

*

MSL975020

Apply routine spectrometric techniques

*

MSL975021

Apply routine electrometric techniques

*

MSL975022

Perform food analyses

*

MSL975023

Supervise geotechnical site investigations

*

MSL975024

Locate record and collect forensic samples

MSL975025

Perform complex laboratory testing of forensic samples

MSL975026

Perform physical examination of forensic samples

MSL975027

Classify building sites

*

Qualification Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL40109 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Links

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