The Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory Industry Reference Committee, supported by IBSA Manufacturing, is reviewing qualifications and units of competency in the MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package. 

The Case for Change has been approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in November 2021.


Current Status

IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to advise that the MSL Laboratory Operations project has now commenced.  Industry experts are also being approached to form a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide guidance for the review and development of Draft 1 components for Release 4.0  of the MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package. The review work is currently underway to:

• Create two or three units of competency:

   ✓ Triaging and allocations

   ✓ Simple transfers in surgical cut-up

   ✓ Non-complex surgical cut-up

• Create one skill set:

   ✓ Basic surgical cut-up skills

• Update two qualifications to incorporate the new units of competency:

   ✓ MSL40118 Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

   ✓ MSL50118 Diploma in Laboratory Technology

For more information contact: Mark Shaddock, Industry Engagement Partner / Training Package Development Manager on P: +61 3 9815 7000 E: [email protected] 

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The rationale for updating the training products is to investigate an improved structure and content for Laboratory Operations qualifications and units of competency. Due to emerging industry needs, the project will consider the incorporation of new units of competency in surgical cut-up and molecular testing.  

Review and redevelop the five qualifications, to address the Laboratory Operations sector’s needs for surgical cut-up, genetic testing, molecular testing and diagnostics, and food testing skills. The native units of competency will need to be reviewed and redeveloped, to ensure they reflect workplace knowledge and skill needs in current and emerging techniques, technologies, automated laboratory equipment and standards. 

Furthermore, with a lot of processes becoming automated, it is therefore proposed to develop one general unit to address skills needed for automation in laboratory work. 

  • Review/redevelop five qualifications:  
    • Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement  
    • Certificate III in Laboratory Skills  
    • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques  
    • Diploma of Laboratory Technology 
    • Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations 
  • Review/redevelop 60 units of competency 
  • Develop five new units of competency
  • Develop two new skillsets. 

Training package projects are overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and supported by a project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). They guide the project and provide industry expertise for developing the components. All projects are then referred to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval.