(MSL50118) Diploma of Laboratory Technology

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Course Duration
94 weeks
Intake Dates
Study Mode
Full time, on-campus
Course Fee
Additional Course Costs
English Language Requirements
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent

Course Overview

MSL50118 – the Diploma of Laboratory Technology covers the requirements for employment as a Laboratory Technical Officer. This course offers:

  • Practical technical skills.
  • Skills and knowledge appropriate to multiple industries.
  • Training within an exciting scientific community.

Tasmania’s diverse science and research sector contributes significantly to our economic activity. As a state we possess a number of competitive advantages that continue to attract both domestic and international investment in scientific research. Vast natural resources, a unique environment, existing scientific capability and the liveability of our state all set us apart from the pack.

Our natural advantages of close proximity to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, unique geographic location, abundant water and wind resources and a stable population have resulted in expertise and capabilities in a number of key scientific areas. Tasmania is leading cutting edge research on water and marine systems, agriculture, aquaculture, renewable energy and population genetics.

Our program focuses on practical studies in the areas of pathology, environmental science, and medical research, providing a pathway into further university study, or employment in laboratories, food production, education, agriculture, and pathology. This qualification is ideal for people seeking practical laboratory skills. Come and join the exciting scientific community in Tasmania. Our graduates are not only in demand here, but the transferable skills you will learn can take you all over the world.

If you have a desire to contribute to the global scientific community and are looking to train with the experts, get in touch with us today. Laboratory Technology training at TasTAFE in Tasmania could be the right path for you.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Technical Officer
  • Food Safety Operative
  • Mineral production
  • Educational assistant
  • Laboratory assistant.

Pathways to further study

You may be granted some advanced standing into a Bachelor of Science degree – Yet to be confirmed.

Course Structure

To be awarded a MSL50118 – Diploma of Laboratory Technology, competency must be achieved in a total of fifteen (15) units of competency consisting of all five (5) core units and ten (10) elective units.

Core Units
MSL924003 Process and interpret data
MSL925004 Analyse data and report results
MSL924004 Use laboratory application software
MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
MSL935007 Monitor the quality of test results and data

Elective Units

MSL975035 Perform microbiological tests
MSL975036 Perform haematological tests
MSL975037 Perform chemical pathology tests
MSL975039 Apply electrophoretic techniques
MSL975040 Apply routine chromatographic techniques
MSL975048 Apply routine spectrometric techniques
MSL973019 Perform microscopic examination
MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures
MSL974021 Perform biological procedures
MSL974022 Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Assessments for this course may include:

  • Written tests (an open book environment is often used)
  • Presentations to class and teachers to assess units of competency such as communication skills and technical understanding
  • Written assignments, projects and reports
  • Written and/or oral questions and answers
  • Practical assessments conducted in a simulated environment
  • Observation and discussion. You will be observed by an assessor while you complete practical activities.
  • Self-assessment. You will be asked to assess your practical activity against the standards set out in the unit and explained to you as good laboratory practice.
  • Completion of a laboratory manual which includes a variety of assessments such as written questions and answers, recording of observations and data and calculations to achieve test results

Other costs (payable at time of enrolment to TasTAFE)


Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements


Entry Requirements

MSL40118 – Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

MSL40118 units are undertaken during the first year of study.

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster, saving you valuable time and money.


MSL50118 – Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Other relevant information

Laboratory Operations students are expected to read, interpret and develop standard operating procedures and workplace documents, present and record information in a range of formats, and apply a range of skills in various situations.

The application of technology in a laboratory environment leads to the use of complex planning, research, interpretation and analysis skills. Students work with limited supervision to develop these skills during the course.


Course information displayed on this website is subject to change without notice.