Qualification details

MSL60116 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations (Release 1)

Summary

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

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory OperationsSupersedes and is equivalent to MSL60109 Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations 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
MSAENV672B - Develop workplace policy and procedures for environmental sustainabilityDevelop workplace policy and procedures for environmental sustainability Elective
MSL904001 - Perform standard calibrationsPerform standard calibrations 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
MSL915001 - Provide information to customersProvide information to customers Elective
MSL915002 - Schedule laboratory work for a small teamSchedule laboratory work for a small team Elective
MSL916001 - Develop and maintain laboratory documentationDevelop and maintain laboratory documentation Core
MSL916002 - Manage and develop teamsManage and develop teams Core
MSL916003 - Supervise laboratory operations in work or functional areaSupervise laboratory operations in work or functional area 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 411 Advanced Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Laboratory Operations 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Water Treatment Laboratory Supervisor,Calibration Senior Technician,Environmental Testing Laboratory Supervisor,Pathology Testing Senior Technician,Manufacturing Testing Laboratory Supervisor,Mineral Assay Senior Technician,Food Testing Senior Technical Officer,Senior Laboratory Technical Officer 

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 411 Advanced Diploma 01/Mar/2016 
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Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL60109 Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations

Qualification Description

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to supervise laboratory operations within a work area or project team.

Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include laboratory supervisors, senior technical officers and similar personnel.

Senior technicians or laboratory supervisors are generally responsible for the planning, allocation of tasks, coordination, quality assurance, recording and reporting of laboratory outputs within their section. This requires significant judgement about work sequences, and choice of appropriate technology and procedures to ensure that products and services meet customer expectations and are provided safely and efficiently in keeping with the enterprise business plan. Under broad direction from scientists/medical staff/engineers, the senior technician/supervisor accepts responsibility for the day-to-day operation of his/her work/functional area.

They are often responsible for the effective implementation of operational policies and the technical training of personnel in their work area. They also contribute significantly to the development of these policies through the application of specialised technical knowledge.

The work of laboratory supervisors involves frequent peak periods, multiple and competing demands and frequent interruptions. Immediate decisions are often required. They must be adaptable to deal with the demands brought about by any of a number of causes. For example:

  • a range of demanding clients, suppliers or contractors
  • changes in technology
  • regularly changing priorities.

In the course of their normal work, they:

  • plan, allocate and monitor resources for their work area and are responsible for their work group’s outputs
  • apply in-depth technical knowledge and skills to deliver the variety of products and services associated with the work area
  • explain complex instructions and procedures to others
  • define and solve complex problems by investigating, developing and testing alternatives in response to vague or ill-defined information that is not readily accessible and requires selective analysis
  • make significant contributions to the development of technical and operational policy and procedures within a function or work area
  • liaise with outside organisations, customers, suppliers and contractors on technical matters
  • provide technical information to internal and external customers
  • often provide workplace training and assessment
  • implement, maintain and promote work health and safety (WHS), quality and other compliance requirements and conduct audits
  • work under the general direction of laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical personnel.

They may also undertake a range of complex technical tasks. For example:

  • conduct a wide range of complex and specialised tests
  • exercise considerable analytical skills and judgement to determine appropriate methods and procedures from a range of alternatives
  • modify methods to cope with non-routine tests and analyses where unusual samples could be involved and/or where the instrumental controls require optimisation
  • develop or adapt methods and procedures.

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

Entry Requirements

Entrants must have been awarded a Diploma of Laboratory Technology or be able to demonstrate equivalent competency, and have had an appropriate period of relevant employment at an occupational level commensurate with the Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

Packaging Rules

To be awarded the MSL60116 Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations competency must be achieved in a total of thirteen (13)  units of competency, consisting of:

  • seven (7)  core units of competency
  • six (6)  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 seven (7)  of the following units of competency.

Unit code 

Unit title 

MSL916001

Develop and maintain laboratory documentation

MSL916002

Manage and develop teams

MSL916003

Supervise laboratory operations in work/functional area

MSL916004

Maintain registration and statutory or legal compliance in work/functional area

MSL936001

Maintain quality system and continuous improvement processes within work/functional area

MSL946001

Implement and monitor WHS and environmental management systems

MSMENV472

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

ELECTIVE UNITS 

Select six (6)  elective units of competency from Groups A and B, as specified below:

  • a minimum of three (3)  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 six (6) .

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

Group A Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL916005

Manage complex projects

MSL936002

Conduct an internal audit of the quality system

MSL976002

Prepare plans and quality assurance procedures for environmental field activities

*

MSL976003

Evaluate and select appropriate test methods and/or procedures

MSL977001

Contribute to the development of products and applications

*

MSL977002

Troubleshoot equipment and/or production processes

MSL977003

Contribute to the validation of test methods

*

MSL977004

Develop or adapt analyses and procedures

*

MSAENV672B

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Group B Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL904001

Perform standard calibrations

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

MSL924001

Process and interpret data

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

MSL953002

Operate a robotic sample preparation system

MSL954001

Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan

MSL954002

Prepare mineral samples for analysis

MSL955001

Supervise a robotic sample preparation system

*

MSL963001

Operate basic handblowing equipment

MSL963002

Repair glass apparatus using simple glassblowing equipment

*

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

*

MSL973004

Perform aseptic techniques

MSL973007

Perform microscopic examination

MSL973009

Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973010

Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973010

Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973011

Perform fire pouring techniques

MSL974002

Conduct geotechnical site investigations

MSL974003

Perform chemical tests or procedures

MSL974004

Perform food tests

MSL974005

Perform physical tests

MSL974006

Perform biological procedures

MSL974007

Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

MSL974010

Perform mechanical tests

MSL974012

Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials

*

MSL974014

Classify soils

*

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 MSL60109 Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations

Links

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