MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Begin your career in science with this entry-level course. This course is perfect for people already employed in the industry and are looking to gain a qualification while working, or those looking to make a start. Your skills will be highly transferable across a diverse range of industries such as mining, food technology, and in the health sector.

This course will give you the practical skills and knowledge to plan and conduct laboratory and field work, perform simple scientific calculations, present information, and record and store data. You'll also develop effective interpersonal skills, learn how to follow work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, and comply with environmental regulations. Our highly experienced staff are still strongly embedded in the industry and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a laboratory assistant in food technology, pathology, schools or trades. It will also give you the foundation knowledge you need to undertake further studies in the field.

Study mode

On Campus

Course duration

18 months


66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane Queensland 4101


This course can help you get a job as:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Laboratory Attendant$960 weekly pay
Laboratory Technician$960 weekly pay
Food Tester$960 weekly pay

This course can help you progress to:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Medical Laboratory Technician$1,150 weekly pay
Pathology Assistant$1,150 weekly pay
Pathology Collector$1,050 weekly pay
Phlebotomist$1,050 weekly pay

Government funding

The Australian government provides funding to help students who are completing the MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills. The type of funding you receive depends on the state that you live in.

There are eligibility requirements for each type of funding.

Enquire with TAFE Queensland to check your eligibility.

Benefits of nationally recognised training

The MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills is a nationally recognised course delivered by TAFE Queensland, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). An RTO is strictly regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This guarantees you will be studying a quality-assured and nationally recognised qualification.

Payment options

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About this provider

TAFE Queensland is Queensland's largest, most experienced training provider. TAFE Queensland deliver practical, industry-relevant training across a range of industries from entry-level certificates to bachelor degrees, at more than 50 locations in Queensland.

Operating since 1998
Legal name TAFE Queensland
RTO code 0275