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Course Details - MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (Salisbury East High School)

NASSSA TitleCertificate III in Laboratory Skills
QualificationMSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
RTOLeading Technical Training (National Code 51621)
Host OrganisationSalisbury East High School
Course Length2 Semesters (1 year)
The program is run over one school year (2 semesters).
Course DescriptionWhile undertaking this Certificate III Laboratory Skills qualification you will learn: a. Technical skills learnt during this qualification will include the safe use of laboratory equipment including the use of glassware, chemicals and basic instruments that are used across a range of laboratory environments. Students will also learn basic calibration techniques, the preparation of laboratory solutions, sample handling techniques, amongst other skills all of which are based on sound laboratory procedures. b. Employability skills will include: Following clear work instructions, working closely in a team and at times on your own, communicating with a range of different people whilst undertaking basic laboratory procedures, time management, maintaining safety in the workplace and understanding and operating to quality standards. c. Students need to approach this program with an enthusiasm to work in a laboratory environment with a view to develop a career and / or pursue further academic qualifications related to this industry. Students should possess reasonable numeracy and science skills and have an enjoyment of these subjects. d. This course is a combination of approximately 50% theory which then relates directly to the 50% practical activities. These combine to build the required qualification competencies through the application of both skill and knowledge. e. The qualification will include formative assessment through work sheets and practical activity reports followed by summative theoretical and related practical assessments for each cluster. f. During practical activities within the laboratory and as instructed by the trainer (eg. a field trip), students will be expected to wear white laboratory coats, enclosed shoes, eye protection and other PPE as required.
PathwaysCareer pathways include: Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Sampler / Receiver, Laboratory Sampler / Tester, Laboratory Production Assistant, Laboratory Field Assistant, Pathology Sample Courier Study pathways include: Certificate IV Laboratory Techniques, Diploma Laboratory Technology, Advanced Diploma Laboratory Operations, a variety of Science, Health Science, Forensic, and Environmental degrees.
Entry RequirementsStudents need to have an interest in working in a laboratory and/or pursuing further academic qualifications within this field.
Other RequirementsStudents are required to bring an exercise book and a pen to every session and will be required to complete some work outside of class time.
Delivery Location(s)Salisbury East High School, 50 Smith Road, Salisbury East, SA, 5109
Students to sign in at front office (off Gloucester Avenue) each week.
Dates and Times33 weekly sessions at Salisbury East High School on Tuesdays from 09:00 until 15:00.
Commencement date 11/02/20.
Work Placement0 days
Work placement is not required as part of this program.
SACE DetailsSACE Stage 2, 85 SACE credits
600 Nominal hours
Units Of Competency
CoreMSL913003Communicate with other people40 nominal hours
 MSL943004Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety40 nominal hours
 MSL922001Record and present data40 nominal hours
 MSL933006Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives30 nominal hours
 MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices30 nominal hours
 MSL913004Plan and conduct laboratory/field work40 nominal hours
ElectiveMSL973013 Perform basic tests60 nominal hours
 MSL973014Prepare working solutions50 nominal hours
 MSL933008Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance50 nominal hours
 MSL912001Work within a laboratory field workplace (induction)40 nominal hours
 MSL933005Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose30 nominal hours
 MSL974017Prepare, standardise and use solutions100 nominal hours
 MSL904002Perform standard calibrations50 nominal hours
Nominal hours are used for SACE purposes and are not reflective of actual delivery hours
Due to qualification level outcome at Certificate III, students must be aware that punctuality and attendance at all sessions is critical to a successful outcome. Students should also be aware that home work will need to be completed between some classes.
Training Cost$2,500.00 including GST
No offer of TGSS to students.
Other CostsTo be advised
Students will be required to provide a white laboratory coat, enclosed shoes & wear these in the laboratory and at any other time as directed by the trainer eg. Field trip etc.
Cost NotesDepartment for Education Non-NASSSA students enrolling will incur a $250.00 additional Administration fee (Full year course – pro rata for semester/term courses). Non-Department for Education students enrolling will incur a $1,000.00 administration fee. (Full year course – pro rata for semester/term courses) Enrolments for both these groups of students MUST be done through the WebVET Administrator.
Number Of StudentsMinimum    15
Maximum   24
Selection ProcessPossible interview and/or written task.
Orientation DetailsCourse orientation for all students will be on the first day of training
Public TransportBus – 500, 560 and 502 will take students to SEHS.
Contact PersonMs Monica Anderson, Phone 6324 3800, Mobile 0448 525 429, Email
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