C4397 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

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Plan: C4397 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
Qualification national code: MSL40118
Nominal hours: 970
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year
Location: RMIT Building 51, City Campus
Owning school: Social Care and Health (535T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
CRICOS code: 0100843

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Purpose of the Program

This program has a technical skills focus, preparing you for work in a range of laboratories. The Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques provides a broad and flexible package of competencies which meet the needs of laboratory assistants & laboratory technicians and similar personnel.

It will provide you with a guarenteed pathway into the Diploma of Laboratory Technology or the Associate Degree in Applied Science.

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Articulation and pathways

Students who satisfactorily complete the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques C4397 have guaranteed entry to the Diploma of Laboratory Technology C5388 or the Associate Degree in Applied Science AD012.

Students who satisfactorily complete the Diploma of Laboratory Technology C5388 have  guaranteed entry with credit to the following degrees:

BP231P10 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BP147P12A Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)
BP311 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
BP229 Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)
BP226P7 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

For more information on these pathway and the credits that will be granted, refer to the destination program guides.

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Entrance requirements

There are no specific entry requirements as per the Training Package rules, however preference is given to applicants who have studied Chemistry or Biology in their final year of high school or who have completed a bridging science program such as Certificate III in Science.

This is based on the experience of students who have not previously studied science subjects struggling with the requirements of the competencies.

There is automatic entry to this program for RMIT graduates of Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation and Certificate III in Science.

International students- Study at Year 12 or foundation studies level (Science stream) or evidence of completion of post-secondary study. Relevant work experience will also be considered
English Requirement: IELTS 5.5 (No band less than 5.0) or equivalent

Equity admissions schemes 
RMIT understands that people’s backgrounds and circumstances can affect their access to education and training. RMIT’s equity admissions schemes allow applicants to explain the circumstances that have adversely affected their education, and demonstrate their capacity for future academic success.

Further information is available at equity admissions schemes

Inherent requirements: For further information please go to https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/applying-to-rmit/local-student-applications/entry-requirements/inherent-requirements/science/certificate-iv-in-laboratory-techniques

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External accreditation and industry links

The Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques has  no external accreditations but the program has strong links with industry (including private and hospital pathology laboratories, biotechnology and research laboratories) through the student workplacement scheme in the Diploma of Laboratory Technology, regular student/staff visits to laboratories and the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) .

Laboratories also often seek RMIT staff assistance when technician positions become available.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online 'Ask a Librarian' service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals, newspapers and databases.

There are also specific subject guides available on the library website that will point you to a variety of resources available in the Library and those available online. Guides that you may find useful include Biomedical Science, Biotechnology & Biological Sciences, Human Anatomy & Physiology and Laboratory Medicine.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

Computer laboratories with printing facilities are available in the School for students to use at any time that classes are not scheduled. 

There are a number of specialised simulated workplace laboratories that you will be trained to work in. These include:

Chemistry Laboratory which has, in addition to routine equipment, a Touch Screen Analyser to perform "Point of Care" blood testing, the latest development in clinical diagnostic testing and an Autoanalyser that can perform a wide range of biochemical tests.

PC2 Containment Laboratory that is used for all of your microbiology, tissue culture and molecular biology laboratory work. It is equipped with two Biosafety cabinets, equipment for the isolation, purification and manipulation of DNA in addition to routine microbiology equipment. There is also a new digital fluorescence imaging system for examination of a wide range of cells and tissues. This lab also has industry standard equipment used in Histology, Haematology & Blood banking laboratories.

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