Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Course Code MSL50116
Campus Werribee - Research Close
Duration 1320 hours

Course Overview

This Diploma qualification is co-delivered with the Diploma of Food Science and Technology FDF50311 and targets those working in technical and management roles within the food industry. It covers product development, food safety and quality, food production and distribution, environmental factors and functions, and the management and review of workplace systems.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you may wish to progress onto university study (Bachelor of Food and Nutritional Sciences).

This course will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in food technology, marketing and management, production supervision, quality control, research and development or food standards and regulation

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Werribee – Research Close

Fee Information
Type Cost
Govt Subsidised-Standard $1,782.00
Full Fee $3,234.00

Please note that the advertised fees relate to 2019.   For enrolments this year, please contact us for confirmation.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Enrollment will require a successful selection interview which will include a Pre-Training Review and an online Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) language, literacy and numeracy assessment.
Enrolling students are required to be employed full time in the food processing industry. This program does not provide, or include, industry placement

Units of Competency

MSL50116 – Core Units
MSL925001 – Analyse data and report results
MSL934002 – Apply quality system and continuous improvement processes
MSL913001 – Communicate with other people
MSMENV472 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
MSL944001 – Maintain laboratory or field workplace safety
MSL913002 – Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL924001 – Process and interpret data
MSL915001 – Provide information to customers
MSL924002 – Use laboratory application software

MSL50116 – Elective Units
FDFFST5030A – Develop, Manage And Maintain Quality Systems For Food Processing
MSL905001 – Perform non-standard calibrations
MSL933003 – Apply critical control point requirements
MSL934001 – Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans
MSL936002 – Conduct an internal audit of the quality system
MSL973001 – Perform basic tests
MSL975001 – Perform microbiological tests
MSL975005 – Conduct sensory analysis
MSL975012 – Provide input to production trials
MSL975020 – Apply routine spectrometric techniques
MSL975022 – Perform food analyses
MSL976003 – Evaluate and select appropriate test methods and/or procedures
MSL977001 – Contribute to the development of products and applications

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Additional Information

Students are required to attend all scheduled classes – online and on campus. On-campus classes are conducted four times a year, and consist of one week residential (5 day) blocks – generally in March, April, June and August.
This program does not provide, or include, industry placement

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.