Extended transition period: MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package – MSL40118 and MSL50118

ASQA is empowered to approve transition periods longer than those detailed in Clause 1.26(a) of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.

In accordance with the Guidance for Providers – Learner Transition, ASQA will only consider applications for a longer transition period where it can be demonstrated that there would be genuine disadvantage to a cohort of learners if such an extension was not approved.

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for:

  • MSL40118 – Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL50118 – Diploma of Laboratory Technology

The transition period for training, assessment and certification issuance for these training products is extended from 18 December 2023 to 31 January 2025.

These extensions apply for students who have commenced training and/or assessment in their qualification on or before 18 December 2023, being the former transition end date. All students must either complete and receive certification or be transferred to replacement training products, by the new transition end date.

Providers are advised to develop plans to ensure all students complete these qualifications by the new end dates, and that these plans are made accessible for ASQA’s review, if requested.

ASQA has consulted with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia regarding this extended transition period.

ASQA has sought advice from the Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance Jobs and Skills Council regarding these extensions.

These training products reference above will remain on the RTOs’ scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period.

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