C5388 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology

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Plan: C5388 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
Campus: City Campus

Learning outcomes

Statement on competency-based training
Employability Skills

Statement on competency-based training

This nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification is 
This means that it is designed to enable you to develop the practical skills and 
knowledge (competency) needed to perform the duties and tasks in the job you are 
training for.
Assessment in a competency-based program is about being able to demonstrate 
that you have developed these practical skills and areas of knowledge, and that you 
can perform at the standard required in the job. This could involve showing an 
assessor how you plan and carry out tasks and explaining to the assessor how you 
know what you are doing. It could also involve completing a project and presenting a 
report on the process and outcomes. If you are working, your work supervisor may 
provide the assessor with a report on your competency.
If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program 
(e.g. through prior paid or voluntary work experience), you can be assessed and 
have these skills and knowledge formally recognised at any point during the 


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Employability Skills

This program builds on the skills and knowledge you have gained in the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques. It involves more specialised study and laboratory techniques in major diagnostic and biotechnology areas such as haematology, microbiology, histology, chemistry, molecular biology and tissue culture.

As a laboratory technician or assistant, you will conduct routine laboratory tests in pathology, microbiology, research, testing and pharmacology laboratories. Working under supervision, you may examine micro-organisms or changes in cells and tissues, or perform chemical analyses of range of samples. You will also be qualified to assist in performing experiments for research into biochemical or genetic processes.

In addition to developing skills and knowledge for a particular job, this program also aims to help you to develop broad work skills, known as Employability Skills. There are eight employability skills:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem solving
  • initiative and enterprise
  • planning and organising
  • self-management
  • learning
  • technology

Employability skills are “embedded” in the units of competency in your program. When you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge, you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills. Further information about the employability skills you will develop in this program is available at: http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/MSL

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