About the course

About the course

This VCE VET program in laboratory skills is a general prevocational qualification aimed for inclusion as a school program (VCE or VCE VM) and as an entry point into the industry. This course is designed to provide entry level technical training in laboratory skills across a range of industries.

It will also assist you in making an informed decision as to whether or not you would like to pursue a career within the science industry.

Course Details


Qualification Issued on Completion

MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratoty Skills

Course Length and Classes

Part time: 2 years

VDSS courses follow the same term structure as Secondary Schools

Wednesdays 1:30pm to 5:00pm

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Entry Requirements & Applications

This course can only be completed as part of your secondary school studies in years 11 and 12.


After successful completion, you may be eligible to progress to a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40118), Diploma of Laboratory Technology (MSL50118) or Higher Education qualifications (degree or associate degree qualifications).

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Career Outcomes

The Certificate III in Laboratory Skills (MSL30118) may lead you to apply for entry level employment as a sampler or tester or laboratory/field assistant.

Contribution to VCE, VCAL & ATAR

On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for:

  • recognition of up to four units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
  • Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student’s best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.
  • The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
  • Further information can be found on the VTAC website
  • Scored assessment is based on the Units 3 and 4 sequence of MSL30118 – Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.

Structured Workplace Learning

The VCAA strongly recommends 80 hours of structured workplace learning (SWL) placement over the duration of the program.


Please contact your secondary school regarding fees for this program

Uniform Requirements

Closed toe shoes are required at all times. Laboratory coats and personal protective equipment will be provided.

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