The MSL30122 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills encompasses the entry-level knowledge and skills needed for roles in laboratory environments. These skills are applicable to a wide variety of industries, such as biomedical and environmental testing.  

Workers will undertake routine tasks under supervision.

Your training will focus on: 

  • How to plan and conduct laboratory/fieldwork
  • How to participate in health and safety processes
  • How to work effectively in laboratory environments, could include:
    • Assisting with fieldwork
    • Maintaining instruments and equipment
    • Processing and interpreting data
    • Perform chemical tests and procedures

AST auspices this qualification to secondary schools so their teachers can deliver it to secondary school students as part of their VET studies.

Job roles vary across different industry sectors and may include:

  • Laboratory Assistant
  • School Laboratory Technician
  • Environmental Field Assistant (Sample Testing)
  • Construction Materials Testing Technical Assistant
  • Mineral Assay Laboratory Assistant

Assessment may consist of

  • written answers to questions
  • role plays
  • holistic assessment

Evidence may be 

  • written 
  • audio recordings
  • video recordings
  • observation
  • Zoom recording
  • interview
  • documents

All students will engage in a language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) activity to evaluate potential support requirements.

The MSL30122 – Certificate III in Laboratory Skills consists of 16 units:

  • 5 core units
  • 8 elective units

Elective units will vary depending on consultation with industry.

Core units include:

BSBCMM211 Apply communication skills
MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/fieldwork 
MSL922002 Record and present data 
MSL933009 Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives
MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety


This qualification is offered to secondary schools on a fee-for-service basis, where a fee is charged for each individual student’s enrolment.

Please contact us for the current year’s auspicing fees.

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