Perform microscopic examination

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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSL973007A, 'Perform microscopic examination'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Interpret test requirements

1.1. Review test request to identify samples to be tested, test method and equipment involved

1.2. Identify hazards associated with the sample, preparation methods and equipment and implement enterprise control measures

2. Set up work area for preparation and examination of samples

2.1. Collect equipment and arrange the workspace so that equipment can be used safely and efficiently

2.2. Perform pre-use and safety checks to ensure equipment is fit for purpose and report faulty or unsafe equipment to appropriate personnel

3. Prepare samples for examination

3.1. Log and label samples according to enterprise procedures to ensure traceability

3.2. Check suitability of the original and prepared sample for the examination and report unsuitable samples to appropriate personnel

3.3. Prepare and store the sample for examination following enterprise methods

4. Set up and use a light microscope

4.1. Set up the light path to optimise resolution

4.2. Select the appropriate objectives and filter for the sample being examined

4.3. Ensure that the lenses are clean

4.4. Adjust settings and alignment of the light path to optimise performance

4.5. Place sample correctly on the stage

5. Observe, identify and report sample characteristics

5.1. Recognise and identify significant sample characteristics

5.2. Perform required calculations accurately

5.3. Prepare and view control samples and check that results are consistent with expected values

5.4. Identify and report out of specification or atypical results promptly to appropriate personnel

5.5. Record and report data in accordance with enterprise procedures

6. Maintain a safe work environment

6.1. Ensure safety and minimise cross-contamination through the use of personal protective clothing and safety equipment

6.2. Handle all samples and equipment in accordance with enterprise safety protocols

6.3. Clean up spills using appropriate techniques to protect personnel, work area and environment

6.4. Minimise generation of waste and environmental impacts

6.5. Collect and dispose of all wastes safely

6.6. Report hazards and incidents to designated personnel using enterprise procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL973007A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM30210 - Certificate III in Animal Technology
  • MSA40108 - Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology
  • MSA30208 - Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology
  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • PSP30604 - Certificate III in Government (School Support Services)
  • PSP30704 - Certificate III in School Support Services
  • AUM30108 - Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing - Manufacturing Specialist (Passenger Motor Vehicle)
  • AHC33512 - Certificate III in Seed Testing
  • HLT32607 - Certificate III in Pathology
  • HLT51907 - Diploma of Mortuary Theatre Practice
  • HLT41807 - Certificate IV in Pathology
  • HLT32007 - Certificate III in Mortuary Theatre Practice
  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL20109 - Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement
  • MSL30109 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations
  • FDF50311 - Diploma of Food Science and Technology
  • HLT51912 - Diploma of Mortuary Theatre Practice
  • HLT41812 - Certificate IV in Pathology
  • HLT32012 - Certificate III in Mortuary Theatre Practice
  • HLT32612 - Certificate III in Pathology
  • PSP30712 - Certificate III in School Support Services
  • PSP30612 - Certificate III in Government (School Support Services)
  • AUM30112 - Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Passenger Motor Vehicle
  • AUM30113 - Certificate III in Automotive Manufacturing Technical Operations - Passenger Motor Vehicle
  • HLT37415 - Certificate III in Pathology Assistance

And the skillsets: