Qualification details

MSL30116 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (Release 1)

Summary

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

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL30109 - Certificate III in Laboratory SkillsSupersedes and is equivalent to MSL30109 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills 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
MSL904001 - Perform standard calibrationsPerform standard calibrations Elective
MSL912001 - Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction)Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction) 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
MSL922001 - Record and present dataRecord and present data Core
MSL924001 - Process and interpret dataProcess and interpret data Elective
MSL924002 - Use laboratory application softwareUse laboratory application software 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 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Manufacturing Technology,Laboratory Operations 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Mineral Assay Laboratory Assistant,Biological Testing Technical Assistant,Water Quality Laboratory Assistant,School Laboratory Technician,Polymer Testing Laboratory Assistant,Construction Materials Testing Technical Assistant,Dairy Factory Laboratory Assistant,Environmental Testing Technical Assistant,Biomedical Laboratory Assistant,Laboratory Assistant,Food Testing Laboratory Assistant,Environmental Field Assistant (Sample Testing) 

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 514 Certificate III 01/Mar/2016 
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Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL30109 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Qualification Description

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a limited range of laboratory operations across all industry sectors and is the entry level required for laboratory personnel across all industry sectors.

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

Laboratory technicians perform straightforward laboratory work. They follow set procedures and recipes, and apply well developed technical skills and basic scientific knowledge. They generally work inside a laboratory but may also perform technical tasks in the field or within production plants. They may also perform a range of laboratory maintenance and office tasks.

The majority of their work involves a predictable flow of parallel or similar tasks within one scientific discipline. Laboratory technicians:

perform straightforward technical tasks to prepare and test samples using relevant procedures, Australian Standards and readily available advice. These tasks generally require close attention to detail and to the accuracy and precision of measurements. They may require the use of manual or semi-automated techniques

  • operate test equipment and instruments and make limited adjustments to their controls
  • process and record data and recognise trends and out of control conditions
  • solve predictable problems using clear information or known solutions. Where alternatives exist, they are limited and apparent
  • work under close and regular supervision, although they may have autonomy for specific tasks and responsibility for their own outputs
  • take decisions within defined limits of responsibility
  • work as part of a team.

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 MSL30116 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills, competency must be achieved in a total of thirteen  (13 ) units of competency, consisting of:

  • six  (6 ) core units
  • seven  (7 ) elective units from Groups A and B, chosen as specified below.

Note : Units marked with an asterisk have one or more prerequisite requirements and must be included in the total number of units chosen. 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

MSL922001

Record and present data

MSL933002

Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives

MSL943002

Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

MSMENV272

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

ELECTIVE UNITS 

  • Select seven  (7 ) elective units from Groups A and B, as specified below:
  • a minimum of four  (4 ) units must be chosen from Group A.
  • the remainder may be chosen from Groups A and B, to bring the total number of electives to seven  (7 ).

Note that two  (2 ) of the electives units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available at Certificate III.

Group A Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL933001

Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose

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 B Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL912001

Work within a laboratory/field workplace (induction)

MSL952001

Collect routine site samples

MSL952002

Handle and transport samples or equipment

MSL972001

Conduct routine site measurements

MSL904001

Perform standard calibrations

MSL914001

Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations

MSL924001

Process and interpret data

MSL924002

Use laboratory application software

MSL934001

Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans

MSL934002

Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

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

Operated an automated mineral analysis system

HLTPAT419C

Perform Pathology Tests

MSMENV472

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Qualification Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL30109 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=5c63a03b-4a6b-4ae5-9560-1e3c5f462baa

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