Qualification details

MSL30118 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 20/Jul/2018

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL30116 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills 19/Jul/2018


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
MSL904002 - Perform standard calibrationsPerform standard calibrations Elective
MSL912001 - Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction)Work within a laboratory or field workplace (induction) Elective
MSL913003 - Communicate with other peopleCommunicate with other people Core
MSL913004 - Plan and conduct laboratory/field workPlan and conduct laboratory/field work Core
MSL914002 - Prepare practical science classes and demonstrationsPrepare practical science classes and demonstrations Elective
MSL922001 - Record and present dataRecord and present data Core
MSL924003 - Process and interpret dataProcess and interpret data Elective
MSL924004 - Use laboratory application softwareUse laboratory application software Elective
MSL933005 - Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purposeMaintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose Elective
MSL933006 - Contribute to the achievement of quality objectivesContribute to the achievement of quality objectives Core
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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 Biological Testing Technical Assistant,Environmental Field Assistant (Sample Testing),Mineral Assay Laboratory Assistant,Biomedical Laboratory Assistant,Laboratory Assistant,Environmental Testing Technical Assistant,Construction Materials Testing Technical Assistant,Dairy Factory Laboratory Assistant,Water Quality Laboratory Assistant,Food Testing Laboratory Assistant,School Laboratory Technician,Polymer Testing Laboratory Assistant 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 311000 Agricultural, Medical And Science Technicians 20/Jul/2018 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0199 Other Natural And Physical Sciences 20/Jul/2018 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 20/Jul/2018 
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Modification History

Release 

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Release 1

This version was released in MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package Release 2.0.

Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL30116 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills. Unit codes updated

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 MSL30118 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 

MSL913003

Communicate with other people

MSL913004

Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

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

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 

MSL933005

Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose

MSL933007

Apply critical control point requirements

MSL933008

Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance

MSL943003

Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation

MSL953003

Receive and prepare samples for testing

MSL953004

Operate a robotic sample preparation system

MSL973013

Perform basic tests

MSL973014

Prepare working solutions

MSL973015

Prepare culture media

MSL973016

Perform aseptic techniques

MSL973017

Assist with fieldwork

MSL973018

Prepare trial batches for evaluation

MSL973019

Perform microscopic examination

MSL973020

Perform histological procedures

MSL973021

Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973022

Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973023

Perform fire pouring techniques

MSL973024

Perform site investigation activities

TAEDEL301

Provide work skill instruction

Group B Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL904002

Perform standard calibrations

MSL912001

Work within a laboratory/field workplace (induction)

MSL914002

Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations

MSL924003

Process and interpret data

MSL924004

Use laboratory application software

MSL934005

Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans

MSL934006

Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes

MSL934007

Maintain and control stocks

MSL944002

Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety

MSL952001

Collect routine site samples

MSL952002

Handle and transport samples or equipment

MSL954004

Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan

MSL954005

Prepare mineral samples for analysis

MSL972001

Conduct routine site measurements

MSL974016

Perform physical and mechanical tests

MSL974017

Prepare, standardise and use solutions

MSL974018

Conduct geotechnical site investigations

MSL974019

Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL974020

Perform food tests

MSL974021

Perform biological procedures

MSL974022

Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

MSL974023

Capture and manage scientific images

MSL974024

Undertake field-based, remote-sensing monitoring

MSL974025

Prepare tissue and cell cultures

MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques

MSL974026

Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials

MSL973022 Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL974027

Monitor performance of structures

MSL973021 Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL974028

Classify soils

MSL973021 Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973022 Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL974029

Operated an automated mineral analysis system

MSMENV472

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Qualification Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL30116 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.

Links

MSL Laboratory Operations Companion Volume Implementation Guide is available from VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=5c63a03b-4a6b-4ae5-9560-1e3c5f462baa

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