Medical Laboratory Scientist Skill Assessment (ANZSCO 234611)

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Role of Medical Laboratory Scientist ANZSCO 234611

Medical Laboratory Scientists are normally employed in medical pathology laboratories, and they work in the field of laboratory medicine. They conduct medical laboratory tests on blood, body fluids, and tissues and apply knowledge and methodology from various scientific disciplines to assist clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disease. Responsibilities include the quality and reliability of test results and may include interpretation of these results and the development of new test procedures.

Medical Laboratory Scientist Education

Medical Laboratory Scientist Skill Assessment in Australia study for a three or four-year degree in medical laboratory science/laboratory medicine accredited by AIMS and are eligible for Graduate membership of AIMS. 

Registration and Licensing

Medical Laboratory Scientists in Australia do not require any registration or licensing. But they can get a voluntary certification scheme run by Australian Council for the Certification of the Medical Laboratory Scientific Workforce.


The AIMS Assessment Committee assesses an applicant for both Medical Laboratory Scientist Anzsco 234611 and Medical Laboratory Technician ANZSCO 311213.

There are 3 ways in which the occupation of a medical laboratory scientist anzsco 234611 is assessed.

Option 1: AIMS Accredited Degree

The applicants who have completed an AIMS-accredited degree will be classified as Medical Laboratory Scientist ANZSCO Code 234611. These applicants will not have to give AIMS Medical Laboratory Scientist Professional Examination.

No experience is required for skill assessment for this option.

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Option 2: AIMS Acceptable Science Degree

STAGE 1: Assessment of AIMS Acceptable Science Degree

For applicants who have not completed an AIMS-accredited degree, they need to satisfy two requirements:

  1. Applicant for the medical laboratory scientist skill assessment must hold an acceptable science degree.
  2. The applicant must have post-qualification employment experience of 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Out of these 2 years of employment experience, 1 year of experience should be completed wholly within the 5 years before the application for skill assessment.

These 2 requirements must be met before the applicant will then have to sit the AIMS Professional examination.

An acceptable science degree is AQF Level 7, 8, or 9 qualifications with subjects relevant to pathology that meet the following minimum subject requirements.

Foundation subjects (full units i.e., at least one (1) semester) comprising of the following:

• Chemistry

• Statistics

• Cell and tissue biology (including Anatomy and Physiology)

• Biochemistry

• Microbiology

• Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Professional subjects. Basic studies must have been undertaken in all the following professional disciplines with advanced studies in no less than 2, preferably 3 of the following professional disciplines (*):

• Pathophysiology (general/systemic pathology with emphasis on the relationship between disease process and 

laboratory diagnostic techniques)

• Anatomical Pathology / Histopathology (including where possible, Cytopathology) *

• Chemical Pathology*

• Genomic Pathology*

• Haematology (including Haemostasis) *

• Immunopathology*

• Medical Microbiology*

• Transfusion Science*

Applicants who do not qualify to sit the AIMS Medical Laboratory Scientist Professional Examination or who fail to pass this examination may be assessed as suitable for the occupation of Medical Laboratory Technician ANZSCO 311213.

STAGE 2: The AIMS Medical Laboratory Scientist Professional Examination

The AIMS Professional Examination is a Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) paper consisting of 150 single response questions to be completed in three (3) hours. The examination is conducted twice a year in March and September using online remote proctored software and consists of 7 sections.

The distribution of questions for each professional discipline is indicated below:

Anatomical Pathology* 14

Chemical Pathology* 30

Genomic Pathology 16

Haematology* 30

Immunopathology 14

Medical Microbiology* 26

Transfusion Science* 20

Total 150

Applicants who are successful in the AIMS professional examination will be classified as suitable for the occupation of Medical Laboratory Scientist ANZSCO 234611 and Medical Laboratory Technician ANZSCO 311213.

Option 3: Postgraduate studies with medical laboratory experience

Applicants who do not hold an AIMS accredited degree, or who do not have a degree/s with subjects that meet the AIMS minimum requirement for an acceptable science degree, or who meet the criteria of being relevant to pathology, may be assessed as a Medical Laboratory Scientist if their qualifications and skills satisfy the following requirements.

Applicants will be assessed in two stages: Stage 1 a document assessment, and Stage 2 a written examination (the AIMS Medical Laboratory Scientist Special Professional Examination).

Stage 1: Document Assessment

The minimum requirements are:

Academic qualifications: a science degree/s with subjects relevant to life science or biological science or medical /biomedical science or veterinary science; and 

• a professional discipline specific taught Master’s degree (AQF level 9) with a pathology laboratory-based research project; or 

• a professional doctorate (AQF level 10) in a professional discipline; or

• a Doctor of Philosophy (AQF level 10) that has a research topic and laboratory techniques with application in the conduct of medical laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and prevention of human disease.

The applicant should still have 2 years of full-time post-doctoral qualification experience at the required skill level in a medical pathology laboratory. Out of these 2 years, the 1-year experience should be completed wholly in the last 5 years before the date of the skill assessment application. Relevant employment must be within a medical pathology laboratory and relate to the diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and prevention of human disease. Postgraduate employment in a pure research environment will not be favorably considered.

Stage 2: The AIMS Medical Laboratory Scientist Special Professional Examination

The aims of medical laboratory scientists’ special professional examination have been discussed in detail in Option 2.

Medical Laboratory Technician ANZSCO 311213 Skill Assessment

There are 2 ways the applicants can get a positive skill assessment for the occupation of medical laboratory technician anzsco 311213.

Option 1:

The minimum requirements to get positive aims for positive skill assessment as a Medical Laboratory Technician ANZSCO 311213 are as follows:

  • An applicant must have completed a qualification in medical laboratory science assessed as comparable to an Australian diploma (at least AQF Level 5) from a Technical and Further Education College, based on the Australian Government Department of Education Country Education Profile criteria and which contains subjects relevant to pathology i.e., Haematology, Chemical Pathology, Histopathology, Blood Banking etc.; and 
  • A minimum of two (2) years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) diagnostic medical pathology laboratory work experience wholly within the five-year period immediately prior to applying for assessment.

Option 2:

Current full (not provisional) registration with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand as a Medical Laboratory Technician.


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