Diploma of Laboratory Technology - MSL50118

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
CRICOS: 00122A

This qualification reflects the role of workers who apply a range of laboratory technologies to conduct scientific-technical tests in most industry sectors, utilising specialist technical knowledge. They conduct a wide range of routine and complex, specialised tests where atypical samples may be involved and the instrumentation used has a wide range of operating variables. Workers communicate sample requirements to other personnel and may liaise with suppliers to troubleshoot product non-conformance. They may also demonstrate methods to others and train team members to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably.Workers contribute to the modification of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enterprise methods when necessary, they may also have a role in the planning of schedules and monitoring of resources in their work area. Work is carried out according to established procedures, often under the management of laboratory or quality managers, or scientific/medical professionals.No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication.


  • 21 units: 9 core
  • 12 elective


  • Perform complex laboratory testing of forensic samples
  • Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
  • Perform tissue and cell culture techniques
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Perform standard calibrations
  • Provide input to production trials
  • Perform histological tests
  • Apply routine electrometric techniques
  • Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • Perform chemical tests and procedures
  • Perform food tests
  • Perform biological procedures
  • Create or modify automated calibration procedures
  • Undertake environmental field-based monitoring
  • Apply routine spectrometric techniques
  • Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materials
  • Analyse data and report results
  • Develop and maintain laboratory documentation
  • Provide information to customers
  • Perform molecular biology tests and procedures
  • Manage complex projects
  • Monitor the quality of test results and data
  • Perform fire assay techniques
  • Create or modify calibration procedures
  • Apply routine chromatographic techniques
  • Determine measurements of uncertainty
  • Schedule laboratory work for a small team
  • Perform haematological tests
  • Perform immunohaematological tests
  • Classify soils
  • Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys
  • Supervise laboratory operations in work or functional area
  • Classify building sites
  • Apply advanced embedding and microtomy skills
  • Prepare animal and plant material for display
  • Assist in the maintenance of reference materials
  • Perform food analyses
  • Supervise sampling, inspections and testing at construction sites
  • Apply electrophoretic techniques
  • Supervise a robotic sample preparation system
  • Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples
  • Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
  • Conduct sensory analysis
  • Manage and develop teams
  • Perform non-standard calibrations
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans
  • Apply complex instrumental techniques
  • Perform physical and mechanical tests
  • Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials
  • Maintain registration and statutory or legal compliance in work or functional area
  • Locate, record and collect forensic samples
  • Perform microbiological tests
  • Perform chemical pathology tests
  • Supervise geotechnical site investigations
  • Conduct geotechnical site investigations
  • Perform physical examination of forensic samples
  • Authorise the issue of test results
  • Perform complex tests to measure chemical properties of materials
  • Process and interpret data
  • Use laboratory application software

Standard entry requirements

Entry into this qualification is open to individuals who:hold a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniquesorhold a relevant Certificate IV or higher level qualification in a relevant science disciplineorcan demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant science discipline to any of the above qualifications.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne City International: $19,750 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

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