What will I learn?

If you’re looking for hands-on science course that will make you job ready, our laboratory techniques course is ideal. The course will equip you to successfully enter the pathology, biotechnology, biological and environmental sector, or related science industries. The course teaches you the fundamental theory and practice in a variety of laboratory techniques. In addition to the technical skills, you also learn to apply quality, WHS and sustainability skills to the workplace. Areas of study include microbiology, chemistry, food testing, pathology testing, data management and communication.

Work placement/industry experience

The Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques includes a 40-hour work placement program based on industry recommendation and organized by The Gordon.

How often do I attend?

Full time - 3 days a week

Possible Career Outcomes

  • Laboratory Assistant – in Industry
  • Laboratory Assistant – in a School
  • Laboratory Technician

Further Study Options

After completing the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques you can go on to complete the Diploma of Laboratory Technology.



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$13,208.00 (US$ 9,317) per year
Annual Approx Additional Equipment/Materials Fee: AUD $299

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2021


The Gordon

Geelong City Campus,

2 Fenwick Street,



3220, GEELONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students


Successful completion of Australian Year 11 or equivalent


IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0 (or equivalent); or completion of Australian Year 12; or a qualification undertaken in Australia at Certificate IV or higher and completed within the past 5 years; or university studies in Australia of at least 2 years duration. TOEFL iBT: 46-59; PTE Academic: 43-50; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 47-51; OET: C.

Age/other requirements:

You must be 18 years or over at the time of course commencement.

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About this uni

The Gordon has been providing quality vocational education and training for over 130 years.

  • Based in Geelong & Werribee which are affordable cities
  • Provides hands-on & practical training
  • Home to students from over 75 countries
  • Around 12,000 alumni worldwide