MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques - International

CRICOS code: 098112D
Local students click here.


Next intake February 2022
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

If you’re looking for hands-on science course that will make you job ready, our laboratory techniques course is ideal. The course will equip you to successfully enter the pathology, biotechnology, biological and environmental sector, or related science industries. The course teaches you the fundamental theory and practice in a variety of laboratory techniques. In addition to the technical skills, you also learn to apply quality, WHS and sustainability skills to the workplace. Areas of study include microbiology, chemistry, food testing, histology testing, data management and communication.

Work placement/industry experience

How often do I attend?

Full time - 3 days a week

How often do I attend?

FT - 3 days per week | Monday, Tuesday and Thursday | 9:00am - 4:00pm

Possible career outcomes

  • Laboratory Assistant – in Industry
  • Laboratory Assistant – in a School
  • Laboratory Technician

Changes to delivery due to COVID-19
While The Gordon is permitted to deliver face-to-face teaching in compliance with current Government guidelines and COVIDSafe restrictions, many courses will utilise a blend of remote and on-campus learning. Find out more about delivery changes here.

How to apply

  1. View how to apply to find out what documents you will need to complete your application.
  2. Submit your application through your education agent using the forms below or apply online by selecting an intake from the application and attendance table below.

If you need help, contact the International team.

Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2022 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Jun 2021
Close: 1 Feb 2022 
Class DayMon, Wed & Thurs - 9am to 4pm
Full-time: 12 months  Apply  
2023 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Jul 2021
Close: 1 Feb 2023 
Class DayTimetable to be advised
Full-time: 12 months  Apply  


Note: Students are required to undertake some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside of class time.

Please refer to our key dates and orientation webpage here.

We reserve the right to close course intakes early. Many courses have limited places and high demand. Early applications are recommended. We reserve the right to cancel intakes and courses if there are insufficient student numbers.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.


Successful completion of Australian Year 11 or equivalent – Equivalents can be found on our Entry Requirements page.


IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0 (or equivalent); or completion of Australian Year 12; or a qualification undertaken in Australia at Certificate IV or higher and completed within the past 5 years; or university studies in Australia of at least 2 years duration.

*Applicants from specified countries may be exempt from English Language Requirements for admissions purposes. Such students will still need to provide evidence of meeting minimum English requirements for visa purposes. Check the list of exempt countries for more information.

Age/other requirements:

You must be 18 years or over at the time of course commencement.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Code Hours
Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes MSL934006 80
Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment MSL934004 60
Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety MSL944002 50
Process and interpret data MSL924003 70
Receive and prepare samples for testing MSL953003 30
Electives Code Hours
Perform aseptic techniques MSL973016 40
Perform biological procedures MSL974021 130
Perform chemical tests and procedures MSL974019 100
Perform food tests MSL974020 100
Perform histological procedures MSL973020 40
Perform microscopic examination MSL973019 40
Prepare culture media MSL973015 30
Prepare practical science classes and demonstrations MSL914002 60
Prepare standardise and use solutions MSL974017 100
Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples MSL954003 100


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 If you have completed any units previously, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. Find out more about RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments
  • Team projects
FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.63 per hour 1030 AUD $649.00 AUD $13,300.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.16 per hour 1030 AUD $3,255.00 AUD $13,300.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $14.43 per hour 1030 AUD $14,863.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $580.00 once
Resources AUD $300.00
Education Levy AUD $154.50


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees only. The current years maximum loan cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Fees are based on current year and are subject to change for future years. Fees are charged upon course offer and must be paid to obtain the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Contact the international office for detailed information or see fees, payments and refunds. More information.

Total tuition fee:


Total approx. materials and courses expenses:

AUD $299

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 21/09/2021 2:02:45 PM

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