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MSL30118 VETDSS - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills~


2 Years ½ Day/Week


Geelong City






Full qualification

Entry requirements

  • Attending a secondary school
  • Literacy and numeracy level equivalent to the successful completion of Year 9*
  • *Students selecting this course are recommended to have strong maths skills and be studying complimentary science subjects at school; Biology and/or Chemistry

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

You will learn

  • Industry procedures for sample collection, laboratory solution preparation, and handling bacteria
  • Gain hands-on experience with equipment in microbiology, chemistry, and general-purpose laboratories
  • Develop knowledge of work health and safety practices in a laboratory setting
  • Understand the importance of quality systems in ensuring precise and dependable laboratory test results

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program you will receive:

  • Recognition of up to two VCE VET units at Units 1 and 2 level, and a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence
  • ATAR contribution: if you undertake scored assessment, the study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of your best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study increment
  • Certificate III in Laboratory Skills qualification

Dress code and course materials

  • Clothing suitable for program activities, closed in shoes - school uniform
  • Hair tied back for practical lab activities

Assessment is based on

  • Hands-on work   
  • Short answer quiz/workbook in classroom
  • Team projects
  • Practical observation in a simulated laboratory environment
  • Practical observation in the field

Further study options

  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Skills
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • Bachelor of Science

How to apply

You must first speak to your school about VETDSS before proceeding with the below application.

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application or watch our how to apply video.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2024 VET Full Year
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 12 Mar 2024 
Class DayDelivered Geelong City Campus
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  


Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee you will secure a place in your selected course. We recommend you apply early.



Core Units Code Hours
Communicate with other people MSL913003 40
Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives MSL933006 30
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSMENV272 30
Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety MSL943004 40
Plan and conduct laboratory/field work MSL913004 40
Record and present data MSL922001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Collect routine site samples MSL952001 30
Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose MSL933005 30
Perform aseptic techniques MSL973016 40
Perform basic tests MSL973013 60
Perform microscopic examination MSL973019 40
Prepare culture media MSL973015 30
Prepare working solutions MSL973014 50


Please note that the electives listed are those delivered by the Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check


Date published: 20/11/2023 4:18:21 PM