Laboratory Technology

If science is your strong suit and a role in food testing, pathology or another type of lab is your goal, then CIT's Laboratory Technology qualifications could see you working in an industrial, school or another laboratory setting.

The Certificate III covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a limited range of laboratory operations across all industry sectors.

If you want to be skilled to perform a  more specialised range of techniques for a medical pathology career, Certificate IV is for you. The course will qualify you to perform biological procedures.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
    CRICOS: 090888J National ID: MSL30116

    Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
    CRICOS: 090892B National ID: MSL40116

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 1 year
    Certificate III: 6 months Certificate IV: 6 months

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) 2019

    Semester 1 (February) 2020

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    Certificate III:
    Material fees: $300

    Certificate IV:
    Material fees: $300

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry with relevant practical work or other professional experience| Students must also meet one of the following English requirements: IELTS 6 (no band score less than 5.5) | TOEFL iBT - 46 | PTE Academic - 42 | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 169.

  • Course Subjects - Certificate III

    Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
    CRICOS: 090888J | National ID: MSL30116
    Core - Complete all 6 subjects

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • MSMENV272
      Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
      CIT Code: ENVI143
      Description: This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements, in own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices. This unit of competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation, ensures regulatory compliance, and aims to minimise environmental risks and impacts. This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be contextualised for the industry sector, organisation and section. This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL913001
      Communicate with other people
      CIT Code: COMM213
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to receive and pass on written and oral messages, provide relevant information in response to requests within timelines and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and instrument operators working in all industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL913002
      Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
      CIT Code: LABT176
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to plan and complete tasks individually or in a team context. The tasks involve established routines and procedures using allocated resources with access to readily available guidelines and advice. Work plans may need to be modified with supervisor agreement to suit changing conditions and priorities. This unit of competency is applicable to instrument operators, laboratory assistants and technical assistants working in all industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL922001
      Record and present data
      CIT Code: MATH175
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to record and store data, perform simple calculations of scientific quantities and present information in tables and graphs. The unit of competency requires personnel to solve predictable problems using clear information or known solutions. Where alternatives exist, they are limited or apparent. This unit of competency is applicable to production operators, field assistants and laboratory assistants working in all industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL943002
      Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
      CIT Code: OHSS422
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to follow work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, deal with the identification and control of hazards, work safely at all times, follow emergency response procedures and contribute to the maintenance of workplace safety. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and instrument operators working in all industry sectors. WHS responses are restricted to a 'first response' approach, including the notification of appropriate workplace personnel. Workers will be provided with clear directions, information, training and appropriate supervision. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL933002
      Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
      CIT Code: LABT111
      Description: This unit of competency covers the development of a working knowledge of quality principles and their application in laboratory/field work. This unit of competency is applicable to samplers/testers, production operators and laboratory/field assistants working in all industry sectors. These personnel have defined roles and responsibilities within the workplace's quality system which are set out in quality manuals and workplace procedures. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil


    Electives - Complete 7 subjects

    • MSL973001
      Perform basic tests
      CIT Code: LABT115
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare samples and perform tests and measurements using standard methods with access to readily available advice from supervisors. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory/field assistants working in all industry sectors. In general, they do not calibrate equipment and make only limited adjustments to the controls. They do not interpret or analyse results or troubleshoot equipment problems. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL924001
      Process and interpret data
      CIT Code: MATH176
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to retrieve data, evaluate formulae and perform scientific calculations, present and interpret information in tables and graphs and keep accurate records. The unit requires personnel to solve problems of limited complexity where the information may be less obvious, but not contradictory, and can be determined by direct reasoning. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants, field/laboratory technicians and instrument operators in all industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL934002
      Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
      CIT Code: LABT122
      Description: This unit of competency covers the exercise of good laboratory practice (GLP) and effective participation in quality improvement teams. Personnel are required to ensure the quality and integrity of their own work, detect non-conformances and work with others to suggest improvements in productivity and quality. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory technicians working in all industry sectors who contribute to quality improvements in areas or processes associated with their own job function and/or specialisation. This unit of competency is relevant to experienced technical officers who may work individually or as part of a team. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL973002
      Prepare working solutions
      CIT Code: LABT118
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare working solutions and to check that existing stocks of solutions are suitable for use. Working solutions include those required to perform laboratory tests. Personnel are required to calculate quantities and make dilutions. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants working in all industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL973004
      Perform aseptic techniques
      CIT Code: LABT120
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to perform aseptic techniques to maintain the integrity of both the sample source and the sample. It applies to sampling techniques in tissue culture and to generic microbiological procedures. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and technicians working in the field or laboratory in the biomedical, biological, food processing and environmental industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL973007
      Perform microscopic examination
      CIT Code: LABT194
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to perform aseptic techniques to maintain the integrity of both the sample source and the sample. It applies to sampling techniques in tissue culture and to generic microbiological procedures. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and technicians working in the field or laboratory in the biomedical, biological, food processing and environmental industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL944001
      Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety
      CIT Code: OHSS420
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to follow work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, deal with the identification and control of hazards, work safely at all times, follow emergency response procedures and contribute to the maintenance of workplace safety. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and instrument operators working in all industry sectors. WHS responses are restricted to a 'first response' approach, including the notification of appropriate workplace personnel. Workers will be provided with clear directions, information, training and appropriate supervision. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Course Subjects - Certificate IV

    Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
    CRICOS: 090892B | National ID: MSL40116
    Core complete all subjects
    Subjects listed below from earlier courses automatically count towards this course

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • MSL924001
      Process and interpret data
      CIT Code: MATH176
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to retrieve data, evaluate formulae and perform scientific calculations, present and interpret information in tables and graphs and keep accurate records. The unit requires personnel to solve problems of limited complexity where the information may be less obvious, but not contradictory, and can be determined by direct reasoning. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants, field/laboratory technicians and instrument operators in all industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL943002
      Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
      CIT Code: OHSS422
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to follow work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, deal with the identification and control of hazards, work safely at all times, follow emergency response procedures and contribute to the maintenance of workplace safety. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory assistants and instrument operators working in all industry sectors. WHS responses are restricted to a 'first response' approach, including the notification of appropriate workplace personnel. Workers will be provided with clear directions, information, training and appropriate supervision. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL914001
      Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations
      CIT Code: LABT183
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to manage the day-to-day running of science teaching laboratories and the preparation of practical experiments, demonstrations and field trips. This unit of competency is applicable to technical assistants and technical officers working in the secondary and tertiary education sectors. It also applies to zoos, aquariums and museums that run education programs. Personnel are required to assess and treat risks associated with practical activities. Some personnel may have the additional role of fire warden, first aid officer or work health and safety (WHS) representative. They may also have other skills, such as maritime, SCUBA diving or trade qualifications. They may work autonomously but are required to liaise closely with teaching staff about the design and scheduling of practical activities. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL974001
      Prepare, standardise and use solutions
      CIT Code: LABT126
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to prepare, standardise and monitor the quality of solutions. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory technicians working in all industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL974003
      Perform chemical tests and procedures
      CIT Code: LABT197
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to interpret chemical test requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment and perform routine chemical tests/procedures. These tests will involve several measurement steps. The unit includes data processing and interpretation of results and tracking of obvious test malfunctions where the procedure is standardised. However, personnel are not required to analyse data, optimise tests/procedures for specific samples or troubleshoot equipment problems where the solution is not apparent. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory or technical assistants and instrument operators in all industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL974006
      Perform biological procedures
      CIT Code: LABT200
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to interpret work requirements, prepare samples, conduct pre-use and calibration checks on equipment, and perform routine biological procedures. These procedures may involve several steps and are used to classify cell types, species and biologically active compounds by analysing their biological and chemical characteristics. This unit includes data processing, interpretation of results and troubleshooting obvious departures from standard procedures. This unit of competency is applicable to technical assistants working in the biomedical, environmental, biotechnology and education industry sectors. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • MSL975001
      Perform microbiological tests
      CIT Code: LABT131
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to contribute to the culture, isolation and identification of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoans, algae and parasites, in order to investigate the physiology and pathology of plants and animals, monitor the natural environment, and to assist in the production of foods, pharmaceutical goods and other manufactured materials. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory technicians and technical officers working in the biomedical, biotechnology, environmental, manufacturing and food processing industry sectors. The results of work performed by technical personnel would normally be integrated, interpreted and reported on by scientists, medical, veterinary or plant pathologists or other responsible officers in a workplace. Although a supervisor may not always be present, the technician will follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) that will clearly describe the scope of permitted practice in modifying testing procedures, interpreting of data and for communicating test results to people outside the laboratory. It is applicable to investigations as well as addressing the broader needs of biotechnology and tissue culture applications. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: LABT120 MSL973004 Perform aseptic techniques
      LABT194 MSL973007 Perform microscopic examination
    • MSL975002
      Perform haematological tests
      CIT Code: LABT132
      Description: This unit of competency covers the ability to determine levels, function, activity and interactions of cellular and plasma components of blood using tests and procedures identified with the discipline of laboratory haematology. This unit of competency is applicable to laboratory technicians and technical officers working in the biomedical industry sector. While this unit focuses on the laboratory investigation of human physiology and pathology, it reasonably describes aspects of work performed in veterinary settings. The unit of competency assumes that technical personnel would perform tests and procedures under close supervision. The results of their work would also normally be integrated, interpreted and reported on by supervising scientists and medical pathologists. Although a supervisor may not always be present, the technician will follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) that will clearly describe the scope of permitted practice in modifying testing procedures, interpreting data and for communicating test results to people outside the laboratory. People performing haematology tests will meet the requirements of the laboratory that they are working in regarding the education and training they must have to perform the tests. While no specific licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, laboratory operations are governed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or external accreditation requirements. Local requirements should be checked.
      Prerequisites: LABT194 MSL973007 Perform microscopic examination
  • Job Opportunities

    Certificate III: Laboratory assistant in a variety of industry settings eg food industry, pathology laboratory, schools.

    Certificate IV: Technical assistant in a variety of industry settings.

  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    Students will learn in simulated laboratory environments, through eLearn (online) and self-directed learning.

    Teachers will assess students through practical observations and knowledge assessments.

  • Pathways to Further Study

    Students who successfully complete the Certificate III in Laboratory Skills and the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques may gain entry into CIT’s Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Investigation).

    Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (6 months)
    PLUS
    Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (6 months)
    = 1 year of study (4 years with the Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Investigation)
    Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Investigation)
    PLUS
    Postgraduate, Honours or Masters