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Qualification details

MSL50118 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Release 4)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSL50116 - Diploma of Laboratory TechnologyCore units changed. Elective choices restricted. Specialisations added. Total number of units required for qualification changed. 19/Jul/2018

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
4 (this release) 28/Oct/2021
(View details for release 3) 19/Apr/2021
(View details for release 2) 28/Apr/2020
(View details for release 1) 20/Jul/2018


Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnUsage RecommendationSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Usage Recommendation columnEssentialSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Essential column
FBPFST4004 - Perform microbiological procedures in the food industryPerform microbiological procedures in the food industryCurrentElective
MSL904002 - Perform standard calibrationsPerform standard calibrationsCurrentElective
MSL905004 - Perform non-standard calibrationsPerform non-standard calibrationsCurrentElective
MSL905005 - Create or modify calibration proceduresCreate or modify calibration proceduresCurrentElective
MSL915003 - Provide information to customersProvide information to customersCurrentElective
MSL915004 - Schedule laboratory work for a small teamSchedule laboratory work for a small teamCurrentElective
MSL916006 - Develop and maintain laboratory documentationDevelop and maintain laboratory documentationCurrentElective
MSL916007 - Manage and develop teamsManage and develop teamsCurrentElective
MSL916008 - Supervise laboratory operations in work or functional areaSupervise laboratory operations in work or functional areaCurrentElective
MSL916009 - Maintain registration and statutory or legal compliance in work or functional areaMaintain registration and statutory or legal compliance in work or functional areaCurrentElective
MSL916010 - Manage complex projectsManage complex projectsCurrentElective
MSL924003 - Process and interpret dataProcess and interpret dataCurrentCore
MSL924004 - Use laboratory application softwareUse laboratory application softwareCurrentCore
MSL925003 - Determine measurements of uncertaintyDetermine measurements of uncertaintyCurrentElective
MSL925004 - Analyse data and report resultsAnalyse data and report resultsCurrentCore
MSL934004 - Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipmentMaintain and calibrate instruments and equipmentCurrentCore
MSL934005 - Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plansContribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plansCurrentElective
MSL935005 - Authorise the issue of test resultsAuthorise the issue of test resultsCurrentElective
MSL935006 - Assist in the maintenance of reference materialsAssist in the maintenance of reference materialsCurrentElective
MSL935007 - Monitor the quality of test results and dataMonitor the quality of test results and dataCurrentCore
MSL954003 - Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samplesRelate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samplesCurrentElective
MSL954004 - Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling planObtain representative samples in accordance with sampling planCurrentElective
MSL974016 - Perform physical and mechanical testsPerform physical and mechanical testsCurrentElective
MSL974018 - Conduct geotechnical site investigationsConduct geotechnical site investigationsCurrentElective
MSL974019 - Perform chemical tests and proceduresPerform chemical tests and proceduresCurrentElective
MSL974020 - Perform food testsPerform food testsCurrentElective
MSL974021 - Perform biological proceduresPerform biological proceduresCurrentElective
MSL974022 - Undertake environmental field-based monitoringUndertake environmental field-based monitoringCurrentElective
MSL974026 - Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materialsPerform tests to determine the properties of construction materialsCurrentElective
MSL974028 - Classify soilsClassify soilsCurrentElective
MSL974030 - Process body fluid specimens using a point of care testing deviceProcess body fluid specimens using a point of care testing deviceCurrentElective
MSL975028 - Apply advanced embedding and microtomy skillsApply advanced embedding and microtomy skillsCurrentElective
MSL975029 - Perform histological testsPerform histological testsCurrentElective
MSL975030 - Perform immunohaematological testsPerform immunohaematological testsCurrentElective
MSL975031 - Supervise sampling, inspections and testing at construction sitesSupervise sampling, inspections and testing at construction sitesCurrentElective
MSL975032 - Provide input to production trialsProvide input to production trialsCurrentElective
MSL975033 - Perform tissue and cell culture techniquesPerform tissue and cell culture techniquesCurrentElective
MSL975034 - Perform molecular biology tests and proceduresPerform molecular biology tests and proceduresCurrentElective
MSL975035 - Perform microbiological testsPerform microbiological testsCurrentElective
MSL975036 - Perform haematological testsPerform haematological testsCurrentElective
MSL975037 - Perform chemical pathology testsPerform chemical pathology testsCurrentElective
MSL975038 - Conduct sensory analysisConduct sensory analysisCurrentElective
MSL975039 - Apply electrophoretic techniquesApply electrophoretic techniquesCurrentElective
MSL975040 - Apply routine chromatographic techniquesApply routine chromatographic techniquesCurrentElective
MSL975041 - Perform fire assay techniquesPerform fire assay techniquesCurrentElective
MSL975042 - Design and supervise complex environmental field surveysDesign and supervise complex environmental field surveysCurrentElective
MSL975043 - Prepare animal and plant material for displayPrepare animal and plant material for displayCurrentElective
MSL975044 - Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materialsPerform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materialsCurrentElective
MSL975046 - Perform complex tests to measure chemical properties of materialsPerform complex tests to measure chemical properties of materialsCurrentElective
MSL975047 - Apply complex instrumental techniquesApply complex instrumental techniquesCurrentElective
MSL975048 - Apply routine spectrometric techniquesApply routine spectrometric techniquesCurrentElective
MSL975049 - Apply routine electrometric techniquesApply routine electrometric techniquesCurrentElective
MSL975050 - Perform food analysesPerform food analysesCurrentElective
MSL975051 - Supervise geotechnical site investigationsSupervise geotechnical site investigationsCurrentElective
MSL975052 - Locate, record and collect forensic samplesLocate, record and collect forensic samplesCurrentElective
MSL975055 - Classify building sitesClassify building sitesCurrentElective
MSMENV472 - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesImplement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesCurrentElective
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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 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Laboratory Operations 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Technical Officer - Pathology,Biotechnology Technical Officer,Laboratory Technical Officer,Forensic Science Technician,Calibration Technician,Manufacturing Testing Technical Officer,Food Laboratory Technical Officer,Mineral Assay 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 421 Diploma 20/Jul/2018 
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Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 4

Unit MSL975043 Prepare animal and plant material for display reinstated into the other elective group.

Release 3

Five low use units removed from elective bank as determined at December 2020 AISC meeting in response skills ministers objectives.

Release 2

This version was released in MSL Laboratory Operations Training PackageRelease 3.0.

Supersedes and equivalent to MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Release 1). 1 Elective unit added.

Release 1

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

Supersedes and equivalent to MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology. Core units changed. Elective choices restricted. Specialisations added. Total number of units required for qualification changed.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers who apply a range of laboratory technologies to conduct scientific-technical tests in most industry sectors, utilising specialist technical knowledge. They conduct a wide range of routine and complex, specialised tests where atypical samples may be involved and the instrumentation used has a wide range of operating variables. Workers communicate sample requirements to other personnel and may liaise with suppliers to troubleshoot product non-conformance. They may also demonstrate methods to others and train team members to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably.

Workers contribute to the modification of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enterprise methods when necessary, they may also have a role in the planning of schedules and monitoring of resources in their work area. Work is carried out according to established procedures, often under the management of laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical professionals.

No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication.

Entry Requirements

Entry into this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

or

  • hold a relevant Certificate IV or higher level qualification in a relevant science discipline

or

  • can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant science discipline to any of the above qualifications.

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 15

  • 5 core units
  • 10 elective units, consisting of:
  • at least 7 units from any of the elective lists below, including at least 5 units coded at 5000 or above
  • up to 3 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of the MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology. Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation.

Packaging for each specialisation :

  • At least 6 Group A electives must be selected for award of Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology)
  • At least 6 Group B electives must be selected for award of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Chemistry)
  • At least 6 Group C electives must be selected for award of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Construction)
  • At least 6 Group D electives must be selected for award of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food)
  • At least 6 Group E electives must be selected for award of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology).

Core units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL924003

Process and interpret data

MSL924004

Use laboratory application software

MSL925004

Analyse data and report results

MSL924003 Process and interpret data

MSL934004

Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment

MSL935007

Monitor the quality of test results and data

MSL924003 Process and interpret data

Elective units 

Group A electives – Pathology specialisation  

Unit Code 

Unit Title 

Prerequisites 

MSL954003

Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples

MSL974021

Perform biological procedures

MSL975028

Apply advanced embedding and microtomy skills

MSL975029 Perform histological tests

MSL975029

Perform histological tests

MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination

MSL954003 Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples

MSL975030

Perform immunohaematological tests

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

MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques

MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination

MSL975036

Perform haematological tests

MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination

MSL975037

Perform chemical pathology tests

MSL974021 Perform biological procedures

Group B electives – Chemistry specialisation 

Unit Code 

Unit Title 

Prerequisites 

MSL925003

Determine measurements of uncertainty

MSL935006

Assist in the maintenance of reference materials

MSL974019

Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975040

Apply routine chromatographic techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and 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

Group C electives – Construction specialisation 

Unit Code 

Unit Title 

Prerequisites 

MSL925003

Determine measurements of uncertainty

MSL954004

Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan 

MSL974016

Perform physical and mechanical tests

MSL974018

Conduct geotechnical site investigations

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

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

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

MSL975051

Supervise geotechnical site investigations

MSL974018 Conduct geotechnical site investigations

MSL975055

Classify building sites

MSL974028 Classify soils

Group D electives – Food specialisation 

Unit Code 

Unit Title 

Prerequisites 

FBPFST4004

Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry

 

MSL934005

Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans

MSL974019

Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL974020

Perform food tests

MSL975032

Provide input to production trials

MSL975038

Conduct sensory analysis

MSL975040

Apply routine chromatographic techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975048

Apply routine spectrometric techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975050

Perform food analyses

MSL974020 Perform food tests

Group E electives – Biotechnology specialisation 

Unit Code 

Unit Title 

Prerequisites 

MSL974019

Perform chemical tests and procedures

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

MSL973016 Perform aseptic techniques

MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination

MSL975039

Apply electrophoretic techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975040

Apply routine chromatographic techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL975048

Apply routine spectrometric techniques

MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures

Other electives 

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

MSL915003

Provide information to customers

MSL915004

Schedule laboratory work for a small team

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

MSL916010

Manage complex projects

MSL935005

Authorise the issue of test results

MSL925004 Analyse data and report results

MSL935006

Assist in the maintenance of reference materials

MSL974022

Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

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

MSL975052

Locate, record and collect forensic samples

MSMENV472

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MSL974030

Process body fluid specimens using a point of care testing device

Qualification Mapping Information

Release 4. Supersedes and equivalent to MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Release 3). 1 Elective unit reinstated.

Release 3. Supersedes and equivalent to MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Release 2).

Release 2. Supersedes and equivalent to MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Release 1). 1 Elective unit added.

Release 1. Supersedes and equivalent to MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology.

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