Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time may be available
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Next intakeNot applicable
Gain vital skills in micro-organisms, pathology and genetic processes when you train to become a lab technician.
Gain the skills you need to become a technician in laboratories in hospitals, research institutes, pharmaceutical companies, private pathology and testing laboratories.
You'll apply your knowledge of living systems to solving important practical issues including controlling disease and making the environment safer.
Using the latest industry-standard equipment, you’ll build the knowledge and skills required to work under supervision to:
- examine micro-organisms or changes in cells and tissues
- perform analysis of pathology, environmental and chemical samples
- assist with research into biochemical or genetic processes.
You will also benefit from the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Upon completion of the course, you may go on to work in vaccine production, food and materials testing, pathology, or research, or you might prefer to pursue the Diploma of Laboratory Technology, or other further study of your choice.
Your classes will be small groups of up to 30 students to maximise interaction between students and staff.
Our labs have the latest industry standard equipment and there's ample opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, scientific laboratories, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes tests, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory reports and demonstration of laboratory skills.
- Full-time 1 year.
- Part-time may be available to applicants who are employed in a laboratory.
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Program code: C4397
National curriculum code: MSL40118
Graduates work as laboratory assistants or technicians in laboratories and provide technical support for scientists working in:
- Pathology laboratories (private and public)
- Food and materials testing
- Pharmaceutical testing
- Vaccine production
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2019 government subsidised place: AU$3000* per annum
- 2019 full-fee place: AU$13,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2019 is $303.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.