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MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques~ - International

CRICOS code: 098112D
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Next intake February 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

If you’re looking for a 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 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.

How often do I attend?

Full time - 3 days a week

~ 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.

Possible career outcomes

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

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

How to apply

Find out what documents you will need to complete for your application.

How to apply

Please complete the two forms below and submit via an education agent in your country.

Application form   SOP

If you need help, contact the International team.

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

2024 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 25 May 2022
Close: 12 Jan 2024 
Class DayStart: 29 Jan 2024
Mon, Tues & Thurs - 9am to 4pm
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.


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) – Equivalents can be found on our English language equivalency page.
*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.

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.

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 Units 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
Elective Units 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 listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments
  • Team projects

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:

Materials AUD $690.00 Once
Resources AUD $300.00

  • MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • Bachelor of Science

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: 20/11/2023 4:16:02 PM