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To attain the Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations, students must successfully complete twelve (12) units of competency.

Compulsory core units of competency

A student MUST complete the following EIGHT compulsory core competencies:

PML COM 500A Provide information to customers
PML COM 600A Develop and maintain laboratory documentation
PML OHS 300A Work safely in accordance with defined policies and procedures
PML OHS 600A Implement and monitor risk management processes associated with OHS and environmental policies and procedures
PML ORG 600A Supervise laboratory operations in work/functional area
PML ORG 601A Maintain registration and statutory or legal compliance in work/functional area
PML QUAL 600A Maintain quality system and continuous improvement processes within work/functional area
PML TEAM 600A Manage and develop teams


Elective units of competency

A student MUST complete FOUR from the following elective units:

PML ORG 602A Manage complex projects
PML QUAL 601A Conduct an internal audit of the quality system
PML TEST 600A Select appropriate test methods and procedures
PML TEST 700A Contribute to the development of products and applications
PML TEST 701A Troubleshoot equipment and production processes
PML TEST 702A Contribute to the validation of test methods
PML TEST 703A Develop or adapt analyses and procedures
PML TEST 704A Integrate data acquisition and interfacing systems


The Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations provides a broad and flexible package of competencies to meet the needs of senior technical officers, laboratory supervisors, senior laboratory technicians and similar personnel.

The units of competency reflect the various aspects of the work performed by this group of people, which generally includes responsibility for the planning, allocation of tasks, coordination, quality assurance, recording and reporting of laboratory outputs within their work area or project team. This requires significant judgment about work sequences, choice of appropriate technology and procedures to ensure that products and services meet customer expectations and are provided safely and efficiently in keeping with enterprise business plan. Under broad direction from scientists/medical staff/engineers the senior technician/supervisor accepts responsibility for the day to day operations of his/her work/functional area.

Senior technicians are required to have considerable technical insight, well-developed analytical skills and the ability to apply in-depth specialist technical knowledge to determine methods of approach from a range of possible alternatives. They may be recognised as an authority in a particular technical activity or function because they keep up to date with the developments of their particular field. They may make original contributions to technical activities and are closely involved with continuous development of novel systems, methods or procedures.

Senior technicians are often responsible for the effective implementation of operational policies and the technical training of personnel in their work area. They also contribute significantly to the development of these policies through the application of specialised technical knowledge.

Their work involves frequent peak periods, multiple and competing demands and frequent interruptions. Immediate decisions are often required. They must be adaptable to deal with the demands brought about by any of a number of causes. For example:

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