What will I learn?

Course Overview

MSL50118 – the Diploma of Laboratory Technology covers the requirements for employment as a Laboratory Technical Officer. This course offers:

  • Practical technical skills.
  • Skills and knowledge appropriate to multiple science industries
  • Learn from industry experts and train with an exciting science community

Tasmania’s diverse science and research sector contributes significantly to our economic activity. As a state we possess a number of competitive advantages that continue to attract both domestic and international investment in scientific research. Vast natural resources, a unique environment, existing scientific capability and the liveability of our state all set us apart from the pack.

Our natural advantages of close proximity to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, unique geographic location, abundant water and wind resources and a stable population have resulted in expertise and capabilities in a number of key scientific areas. Tasmania is leading cutting edge research on water and marine systems, agriculture, aquaculture, renewable energy and population genetics.

Our program focuses on practical studies in the areas of pathology, environmental science, and medical research, providing a pathway into further university study, or employment in laboratories, food production, education, agriculture, and pathology. This qualification is ideal for people seeking practical laboratory skills. Come and join the exciting scientific community in Tasmania. Our graduates are not only in demand here, but the transferable skills you will learn can take you all over the world.

If you have a desire to contribute to the global scientific community and are looking to train with the experts, get in touch with us today. Laboratory Technology training at TasTAFE in Tasmania could be the right path for you.

Areas of study include:

  • Chemical and Biological tests and procedures
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical testing including Histology, Haematology and Chemical Pathology
  • Instrumentation including Spectrophotometry, Chromatography and Electrophoresis
  • General laboratory practices including, maintenance, calibrations, quality assurance, microscopy, data processing, interpreting, analysis and using laboratory application software.

Make the most of this hands-on environment and take the next step in your science career with TasTAFE.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Laboratory Technical Officer
  • Educational Assistant
  • Environmental Officer
  • Food Safety Operative
  • Mineral production
  • Research Assistant

Course Structure

MSL50118 – Diploma of Laboratory Technology comprises 15 units packaged as 5 core units and 10 electives.

All units below must be completed successfully to gain the qualification.

5 Core Units

  • MSL Process and interpret data
  • MSL Analyse data and report results
  • MSL Use laboratory application software
  • MSL Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • MSL Monitor the quality of test results and data

10 Electives



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (46 weeks)

Tuition fees
A$13,000.00 (6,95,931) per year
Start date

7 February 2022, 18 July 2022



Campbell Street Campus,

75 Campbell Street,



7000, HOBART, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Required Prior Study: Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

English language requirements:

IELTS: 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

TOEFL (Internet): 46–59

TOEFL Paper: 527–549

PTE: 42–49

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.