This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to supervise laboratory operations within a work area or project team.
Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include laboratory supervisors, senior technical officers and similar personnel.
Senior technicians or laboratory supervisors are generally responsible for the planning, allocation of tasks, coordination, quality assurance, recording and reporting of laboratory outputs within their section. This requires significant judgement about work sequences, and choice of appropriate technology and procedures to ensure that products and services meet customer expectations and are provided safely and efficiently in keeping with the enterprise business plan. Under broad direction from scientists/medical staff/engineers, the senior technician/supervisor accepts responsibility for the day-to-day operation of his/her work/functional area.
They 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.
The work of laboratory supervisors 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:
In the course of their normal work, they:
They may also undertake a range of complex technical tasks. For example:
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
Entrants must have been awarded a Diploma of Laboratory Technology or be able to demonstrate equivalent competency, and have had an appropriate period of relevant employment at an occupational level commensurate with the Diploma of Laboratory Technology.
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