Receive and prepare samples for testing

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSL953001A, 'Receive and prepare samples for testing'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Log samples

1.1. Record date (and time of arrival, if required) of samples at enterprise

1.2. Check and match samples with request forms before they are accepted

1.3. Enter samples into the laboratory information management system (LIMS)

1.4. Apply required document tracking mechanisms

1.5. Process 'urgent' test requests according to enterprise requirements

1.6. Ensure security and traceability of all information, laboratory data and records

2. Address customer service issues

2.1. Report to referring client when samples and request forms do not comply with enterprise requirements

2.2. Refer to supervisor for instruction where 'return to source' is inappropriate or not possible

2.3. Maintain confidentiality of all client/enterprise data and information

2.4. Ensure that information provided to customers is accurate, relevant and authorised for release

2.5. Deal with customers politely and efficiently and in accordance with enterprise procedures

3. Prepare samples for testing

3.1. Perform physical separation of the samples, as required

3.2. Prepare the required number of sub-samples

3.3. Perform chemical separation of the samples as required

3.4. Place samples in appropriate transport media, if appropriate

3.5. Monitor and control sample conditions before, during and after processing

4. Distribute samples

4.1. Group samples requiring similar testing requirements

4.2. Distribute samples to work stations maintaining sample integrity

4.3. Distribute request forms for data entry or filing in accordance with enterprise procedures

4.4. Check that samples and relevant request forms have been received by laboratory personnel

5. Maintain a safe work area and environment

5.1. Apply safe work practices to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel

5.2. Use appropriate protective equipment to ensure personal safety when sampling, processing, transferring or disposing of samples

5.3. Report all accidents and spillages to supervisor

5.4. Clean up splashes and spillages immediately using appropriate techniques and precautions

5.5. Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impacts

5.6. Ensure the safe disposal of hazardous materials and other laboratory wastes

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL953001A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSA40108 - Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology
  • MSA30208 - Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology
  • PSP30604 - Certificate III in Government (School Support Services)
  • PSP30704 - Certificate III in School Support Services
  • HLT32607 - Certificate III in Pathology
  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL20109 - Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement
  • MSL30109 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

And the skillsets: