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Qualification details

MSL60118 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL60116 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations 19/Jul/2018

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 20/Jul/2018


Units of competency

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MSL975053 - Perform complex laboratory testing of forensic samplesPerform complex laboratory testing of forensic samplesElective
MSL975045 - Perform laboratory-based ecological techniquesPerform laboratory-based ecological techniquesElective
MSL936003 - Maintain quality system and continuous improvement processes within work or functional areaMaintain quality system and continuous improvement processes within work or functional areaCore
MSL954004 - Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling planObtain representative samples in accordance with sampling planElective
MSL975033 - Perform tissue and cell culture techniquesPerform tissue and cell culture techniquesElective
MSL946002 - Implement and monitor WHS and environmental management systemsImplement and monitor WHS and environmental management systemsCore
MSMENV472 - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesImplement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesCore
MSL904002 - Perform standard calibrationsPerform standard calibrationsElective
MSL975032 - Provide input to production trialsProvide input to production trialsElective
MSL975029 - Perform histological testsPerform histological testsElective
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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 Mineral Assay Senior Technician,Environmental Testing Laboratory Supervisor,Food Testing Senior Technical Officer,Manufacturing Testing Laboratory Supervisor,Pathology Testing Senior Technician,Water Treatment Laboratory Supervisor,Calibration Senior Technician,Senior Laboratory Technical Officer 

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 411 Advanced Diploma 20/Jul/2018 
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Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

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

Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL60116 Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations. Unit codes updated

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 MSL60118 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 

MSL916006

Develop and maintain laboratory documentation

MSL916007

Manage and develop teams

MSL916008

Supervise laboratory operations in work or functional area

MSL916009

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

MSL936003

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

MSL946002

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 

MSL916010

Manage complex projects

MSL936004

Conduct an internal audit of the quality system

MSL976004

Prepare plans and quality assurance procedures for environmental field activities

MSL975042 Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys

MSL976005

Evaluate and select appropriate test methods and/or procedures

MSL977005

Validate test methods

MSL977006

Contribute to the development of products and applications

MSL976005 Evaluate and select appropriate test methods and/or procedures

MSL977007

Troubleshoot equipment and/or production processes

MSL977008

Develop or adapt analyses and procedures

MSL976005 Evaluate and select appropriate test methods and/or procedures

MSMENV672

Develop workplace policy and procedures for environmental sustainability

Group B Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL904002

Perform standard calibrations

MSL905004

Perform non-standard calibrations

MSL904002 Perform standard calibrations

MSL905005

Create or modify calibration procedures

MSL905004 Perform non-standard calibrations

MSL905006

Create or modify automated calibration procedures

MSL905005 Create or modify calibration procedures

MSL915003

Provide information to customers

MSL915004

Schedule laboratory work for a small team

MSL924003

Process and interpret data

MSL925004

Analyse data and report results

MSL924003 Process and interpret data

MSL925003

Determine measurements of uncertainty

MSL934004

Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment

MSL935005

Authorise the issue of test results

MSL925004 Analyse data and report results

MSL935006

Assist in the maintenance of reference materials

MSL935007

Monitor the quality of test results and data

MSL924003 Process and interpret data

MSL953004

Operate a robotic sample preparation system

MSL954004

Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan

MSL954005

Prepare mineral samples for analysis

MSL955002

Supervise a robotic sample preparation system

MSL953004 Operate a robotic sample preparation system

MSL973016

Perform aseptic techniques

MSL973019

Perform microscopic examination

MSL973021

Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973022

Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973023

Perform fire pouring techniques

MSL974016

Perform physical and mechanical tests

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

MSL974026

Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials

MSL973022 Conduct laboratory-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

MSL975029

Perform histological tests

MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination

MSL954003 Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples

MSL975030

Perform immunohaematological tests

MSL975031

Supervise sampling, inspections and testing at construction sites

MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan

MSL973021 Conduct field based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL975032

Provide input to production trials

MSL975033

Perform tissue and cell culture techniques

MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques

MSL975034

Perform molecular biology tests and procedures

MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques

MSL974021 Perform biological procedures

MSL975035

Perform microbiological tests

MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination

MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques

MSL975036

Perform haematological tests

MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination

MSL975037

Perform chemical pathology tests

MSL974021 Perform biological procedures

MSL975038

Conduct sensory analysis

MSL975039

Apply electrophoretic techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975040

Apply routine chromatographic techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975041

Perform fire assay techniques

MSL973023 Perform fire pouring techniques

MSL975042

Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys

MSL974022 Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

MSL975043

Prepare animal and plant material for display

MSL975044

Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materials

MSL973022 Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL974026 Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials

MSL975045

Perform laboratory-based ecological techniques

MSL974021 Perform biological procedures

MSL975046

Perform complex tests to measure chemical properties of materials

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975047

Apply complex instrumental techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975048

Apply routine spectrometric techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975049

Apply routine electrometric techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975050

Perform food analyses

MSL974020 Perform food tests

MSL975051

Supervise geotechnical site investigations

MSL974018 Conduct geotechnical site investigations

MSL975052

Locate, record and collect forensic samples

MSL975054

Perform physical examination of forensic samples

MSL975055

Classify building sites

MSL974028 Classify soils

Qualification Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL60116 Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations

Links

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