The VCE VET Laboratory Skills program is drawn from a national training package and offers portable qualifications which are recognised throughout Australia. These qualifications provide students with a broad range of skills and knowledge to pursue a career or further training in a wide range of enterprises and industry sectors such as process manufacturing, food and beverage processing, biotechnology, biomedical research, pathology testing, mining, chemical, forensic, environmental analysis and education.
The VCE VET Laboratory Skills program was redeveloped in 2018.
From 2019, new and continuing students undertaking the VCE VET Laboratory Skills will enrol in:
MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills: Certificate III in Laboratory Skills provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills associated with the day-to-day operation of a laboratory and associated technical tasks such as sampling and testing. Units 1 and 2 of the program include recording and presenting data, planning and conducting laboratory/field work, maintaining the laboratory fit for purpose, with electives such as performing basic tests and assisting with fieldwork included. Units 3 and 4 offer scored assessment and incorporate units such as performing aseptic techniques, contributing to the achievement of quality objectives, preparing working solutions and performing microscopic examinations.
Credit in the VCE or VCAL: recognition of up to four units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
Note: The Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Laboratory Skills is not designed as a stand-alone study. Students are strongly advised against undertaking the Units 3 and 4 sequence without first completing Units 1 and 2.
Scored assessment is available for MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.
Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment. This consists of three coursework tasks, worth 66 per cent of the overall study score, and an end-of-year examination which is worth 34 per cent of the overall study score.
Scored assessment is based on the units 3 and 4 sequence of MSL30118 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills.
Materials for scored assessment
VCE VET assessment guide will be published shortly.
VCE VET Laboratory Skills Assessment Plan Template and Sample (docx - 85.95kb) (January 2020)
VCE VET scoring criteria sheets (doc - 158kb)
Assessment templates for task types:
Portfolio (docx - 81.2kb),
Product (docx - 78.8kb),
Work Performance (docx - 73.3kb),
Industry Project (docx - 65.5kb)(published January 2020)
Frameworks for task types:
Portfolio (docx - 70.08kb),
Product (docx - 78.26kb),
Work Performance (docx - 73.23kb),
Industry Project (docx - 64.84kb) (published January 2020)
Examination specifications, past examinations and reports
VCE VET Laboratory Skills examination specifications, past examinations and reports.
Structured workplace learning recognition
The VCAA provides recognition for structured workplace learning for students undertaking VCE VET programs.
A workplace learning record booklet for VCE VET Laboratory Skills is currently under development.
VCE VET Laboratory Skills Program Booklet (docx - 124.53kb)
The program booklet should be read in conjunction with the
MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package.
VCE VET program guide 2018 (docx - 119.13kb)
The VCE VET Program Guide provides general advice about the VCAA's suite of VCE VET programs. It is to be read in conjunction with the VCE VET Laboratory Skills program booklet.
Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the scored units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Laboratory Skills must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student's best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.
Where a student elects not to receive a study score for the scored units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Business, no contribution to the ATAR will be available.
The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). For more information, visit
VCE VET Laboratory Skills State Reviewer
VCE VET state reviewers are appointed for scored VCE VET programs.
Jenni Howard - Lavalla College
tel: (03) 5174 5272