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MSL50122 Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Laboratory Technology

Next intake February 2025
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months

Course description

This course is the perfect pathway if you’re looking to pursue a career in modern science. You will build on the skills and knowledge gained from completing the MSL40122 Certificate IV Laboratory Techniques, and focus on analytical chemistry, quality and data processing.  

This hands-on course develops your skills to work in laboratories across various fields. You will learn to analyse, apply and perform a range of processes and procedures, including aseptic techniques, biological procedures, analytical chemistry and procedures, histological tests and procedures, microbiological tests and molecular biology tests and procedures.  

Possible career outcomes

  • Analyst 
  • Laboratory Technical Officer 
  • Quality officer 
  • Sampler 

Applications & attendance

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 during business hours to discuss upcoming intake dates.

2025 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 1 Feb 2025 
Class DayStart: 29 Jan 2025
Wed, Fri 9am - 5pm, Thurs 9 am-1:30 pm
Full-time: 12 months    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 4.

  • Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who: 
    • Hold a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques 
    • Hold a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline 
    • Can provide evidence of technical laboratory skills, knowledge and employment experience.
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

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 .

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 MSL934009 80
Maintain instruments and equipment MSL934008 60
Monitor the quality of test results and data MSL935008 50
Process and interpret data MSL924005 70
Use laboratory application software MSL924006 60
Elective Units Code Hours
Apply electrophoretic techniques MSL975065 100
Apply routine chromatographic techniques MSL975066 120
Apply routine spectrometric techniques MSL975069 150
Maintain and control stocks MSL934010 50
Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan MSL954007 50
Perform biological procedures MSL974034 130
Perform chemical tests and procedures MSL974032 100
Perform food analyses MSL975071 60
Perform food tests MSL974033 100
Perform microbiological tests MSL975062 140
Perform microscopic examination MSL973028 40
Perform molecular biology tests and procedures MSL975061 150
Perform techniques that prevent cross-contamination MSL973027 40
Provide information to customers MSL915003 30


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:

  • Questioning
  • Observations and practical demonstrations 
  • ​Portfolio (work samples)
  • Product (reports, projects, role plays etc)

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Standard Tuition AUD $7.88 per hour 960 AUD $7,565.00 AUD $10,010.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $14.23 per hour 960 AUD $13,661.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $690.00 Once
Resources AUD $360.00
Education Levy AUD $144.00


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 VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

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

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Date published: 11/07/2024 4:00:59 PM