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Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques/Diploma of Laboratory Technology
TAFE Queensland - South Bank

Course outline

This dual award course will equip students with the cutting-edge science techniques needed to work in a number of industries including clinical science, pathology pharmaceutical and forensic science. Students will start by learning how to log samples, check sample documentation, prepare samples for testing, perform scientific calculations, and maintain laboratory equipment. Students then discover how to interpret information using current scientific data analysis approaches, and record data in accordance with industry-standard protocols. Successful completion of this course will qualify graduates to work as a technical officer or laboratory technician in a range of industries including biotechnology, environmental science, mining, and food technology.


Applicants offered a place in this course who are not eligible for a subsidised enrolment will pay full fee. VET Student Loans may be available to eligible applicants for study in the diploma, refer to for information.

Combined diploma/degrees

The Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques/Diploma of Laboratory Technology can be combined with other programs as listed below to attain the awards of Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques/Diploma of Laboratory Technology from TAFE Queensland and the relevant degree from the university. Students undertake initial study at TAFE Queensland and complete the degree at the relevant university. Duration, location, mode of study, semester intakes, electives and specialisations may vary. All mandatory university admission and English language requirements must be met before university enrolment is finalised. For more information contact the relevant university. Note: TAFE Queensland students making a transition to the degree may need to wait six months to start with the semester one university intake.

To apply for a combined diploma/degree, applicants must select the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques/Diploma of Laboratory Technology for the relevant TAFE Queensland location on their application and then nominate their preferred degree/university (one only). Applicants can list the stand alone diploma or the combined program but not both. Listing more than one is not needed because they have the same eligibility and ATAR/rank requirements.

CIV Laboratory Techniques/D Laboratory Technology/B Science:

555546 South Bank/Queensland University of Technology (1.5ML & 2.5F)

Course Options

You can study this course as a single qualification or choose one of the degree options below when applying and gain direct entry on successful completion of the diploma. Degree options may vary with each diploma start month.

Combined program

QUT – Gardens Point – B Science

Fee notes

For information regarding TAFE Queensland course fees, VET Student Loans, FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP visit or telephone 1300 308 233. For combined TAFE Queensland/university courses, refer to entry under university for higher education component.


Completion of Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age

Additional entry requirements

Successful applicants must successfully complete the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques or equivalent before progressing to the diploma.

Recommended study
General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C); a science subject (Units 3 and 4, C)
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2021

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2021

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


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Career opportunities

Food laboratory technical officer, laboratory technical officer, pathology technical officer, biotechnology technical officer, construction materials testing technical officer.

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Level of Qualification
Certificate IV
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Course Duration

11/2 years Mixed-mode learning

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