The Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory Industry Reference Committee, supported by IBSA Manufacturing, had reviewed 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

This project was approved by the AISC at their October meeting and received awaiting ministerial endorsement. The training package components is now available on the National VET Register.

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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.