Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Gordon Institute of TAFE

This qualification is part of the Laboratory Operations Training Package. It covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of laboratory techniques to conduct tests and sampling in a variety of industry sectors. Employment outcomes include technical assistants, technicians, instrument operators and similar personnel. They undertake a wide range of sampling and testing that requires the application of a broad range of technical skills and some scientific knowledge. Although work is conducted generally in a laboratory, they often work closely with other personnel throughout the workplace and with suppliers. They may assist other personnel to solve technical problems and to adjust formulations and production mixes. They may also train them to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably. The work involves similar tasks within one scientific discipline with occasional peak periods and some interruptions.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: TAFE Institute/Polytechnic (Govt)
Level: Preparatory/Industry
Campus/Location: Geelong City
Colac
Werribee Learning Centre
Hoppers Crossing
Werribee Watton Street
East Geelong
Institution CRICOS: 00011G

Subjects

  • Core: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Communicate with other people
  • Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • Process and interpret data
  • Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
  • Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety. Plus electives.

The Gordon’s main campus is located in Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria that is only one hour by train from the centre of Melbourne and 30 minutes from the start of the Great Ocean Road. Geelong is a safe, friendly and affordable city with many restaurants, cafes, festivals and events. With blue skies and world famous beaches, Geelong provides an authentic Australian experience. 

The Gordon excels at hands-on learning and takes pride in our graduates being work-ready. In fact, our graduates achieve a higher employment rate than the state and national average. Our international students gain real skills and experience, with guaranteed work placements built into most courses, which can lead to an exciting and rewarding career.

Why study at The Gordon? 

There are many benefits of studying a vocational or ELICOS program at The Gordon. You will get:

  • skills for employment, not just theoretical knowledge
  • quality education in a multicultural and safe community environment
  • access to affordable on-campus student accommodation
  • small classes and the chance to make friends with Australian students
  • lower entrance requirements and cost than a degree program
  • the chance to earn credits towards a bachelor degree and pathway to university

Courses

Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • accounting
  • aged care
  • beauty therapy
  • building and construction
  • building design
  • early childhood education
  • cookery and patisserie
  • community services
  • computer systems engineering
  • conservation and land management
  • ELICOS
  • fashion design
  • engineering
  • graphic design
  • information technology
  • interior decoration and design
  • laboratory technology
  • nursing
  • remedial massage.

For those wanting to progress to university, The Gordon offers pathways to Deakin University.

Award programs

Certificate, diploma and advanced diploma.

Intakes

February and some programs in July and October.

Duration

From six months to three years.

English language entry requirements

IELTS - 5.5+ (no band less than 5.0).

Some programs may require students to achieve a higher English language test score.

For a complete list of courses go to: 

www.thegordon.edu.au/international/international-courses

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www.thegordon.edu.au/international 

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The Gordon provides international students with the following services:

  • affordable on-campus accommodation in our student residences*
  • homestay booking service
  • free airport pick-up
  • health cover arrangements
  • orientation and enrolment
  • careers advice and resumé assistance
  • a study support centre
  • library and free Wi-Fi
  • bookshops
  • cafeterias
  • a prayer room
  • CareerHub - an online job portal for Gordon students to help you find work.

*Only $135 per week for a large room including all amenities and free internet service. Located 15 minutes by bus from Geelong City Campus. 

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