User pathway

Follow the instructions below to apply for access to CMCA instruments.


    CMCA is accessible to everyone but your access options and facility rates will vary depending upon your access level.

    The following information applies to all CMCA instruments, except the AMMRF Ion Probe Facility.

    Applying for access to CMCA instruments

    Before continuing to the Registration page, make sure you have the following information on hand:

    • Contact details
    • Your supervisor's name and contact details (students and visitors only)
    • Emergency contact details
    • A short research project outline to upload (to help CMCA understand your microscopy needs)
    • A list of the main microscopes/techniques you think you will need to access for your project
    • Information about your samples, including health and safety issues
    • Invoice/payment details (Business Unit and Project Grant number for UWA users)

    Ion Probe Facility access

    To apply to access the CAMECA IMS 1280 and CAMECA NanoSIMS 50, complete the access form, upload your project description and submit.


    In order to access CMCA facilities, you must register for access by following the registration process.

    Registration process

    1. Complete the online form – remember to print, sign and return to CMCA to finalise your registration.
    2. New user meeting – you will be contacted to attend a meeting to discuss your project needs.
    3. Training – your training will be scheduled at the new user meeting.
    4. Make a booking using the gold button below to book time on equipment*.

    * To request XRD analysis of a sample, complete the Crystal Structure Request Form and deliver with your sample to CMCA@ Bayliss, Bayliss Building Room 4.52

    * To request time on the MRI, contact the Technique Group Leader, Dr Kirk Feindel.

    Registration and bookings

    Register your project and book CMCA facilities.

    Register online

    User pathway

    We can advise and support research at multiple levels from initial project planning, through to publication. Learn more about the User Pathway and how the CMCA can support your project from ideation to publication.

    Booking policy

    All access to facilities and equipment at CMCA must comply with our booking policy.

    The booking policy applies to use of all facilities and instruments to facilitate fair and equitable access for all users.

    1. You must be a registered user of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis.
    2. Maximum session is four hours per booking generally, during Centre hours (9am–5pm Monday to Friday excluding University public holidays) and six hours per booking outside Centre hours.
    3. Instruments with a high demand may have additional booking limits.
    4. Experienced users may request access to work outside Centre hours – see the After hours access page for more information.
    5. Sessions may be extended if, at the end of the session, no-one has booked the instrument. Log in to the web booking system to book the session.
    6. There are no limits on the total hours you may use on any instrument each week, only the number of sessions you may book in advance.
      • You may book one session in advance on each instrument each week during Centre hours plus one session in advance on each instrument each week outside Centre hours.
      • After completing a session, you may book another advance session on that instrument.
      • In special circumstances, you may make additional advance bookings. Contact the relevant Technique Group Leader.
      • Sessions may be booked on the day of intended use, independent of any advance bookings made.
    7. Start your session within 15 minutes of the booked start time or risk losing your session to another user.
    8. To cancel a booking within 24 hours of the booked session, contact the office.
    9. If you do not follow the booking rules, you may be suspended from using the Centre's facilities and your future bookings may be cancelled.

    Booking instrument time

    The booking policy applies to use of the instruments to facilitate fair and equitable access for all users.

    After hours access

    Advanced users may request access to most CMCA facilities outside normal working hours. To apply for after hours access:

    1. Obtain the After Hours Request form (download below or obtainable from CMCA office).
    2. Specify the locations(s) and instrument(s) for which access is requested and obtain the appropriate signature(s).
    3. Return the signed form to the CMCA office.
    4. An after hours induction appropriate to the location(s) will be scheduled.
    5. Once the induction is complete, the signed After Hours Induction form must be submitted to the CMCA office.
    6. After hours access [entrance to building(s), and 24/7 booking rights to specific instrument(s)] will be activated within 48 hours.


    All new users must successfully complete training on the instrument(s) before being able to access equipment for your research. Training is included with your registration.

    Course dates

    Introductory courses are held three times a year. Each course will run over 2-3 days, depending on the number of participants.

    Enrolment in introductory courses is part of registration.

    Introductory courses 2018
    Scanning electron microscopy & microanalysis 5 - 16 Feb 25 June - 6 July 1 - 12 October
    Transmission electron microscopy & microanalysis 19 - 23 Feb 9 July 15 October


    1 to 1 training only 16 July 22 October
    Flow cytometry 26 March 2 July 8 October

    Please note: there is no longer a formal optical/confocal training course. All training will be arranged and provided on a case by case basis. The training schedule will be discussed at the New User Meeting following registration.

    Course rates

    Courses rates

    Course charges are only levied if an individual wishes to obtain training from CMCA by attending a training course, but does not wish to Register and use CMCA's facilities under hourly or subscription use.

    Short courses WACM Publicly funded researchers External users
    Introductory modules $450 $450 $595
    Advanced modules $220 $220 $295

    Please note:

    • Rates include limited use of consumables; excessive use will result in additional charges.
    • Cancellations must be advised to CMCA at least 48 hours prior to the start of the course.
    • Anyone who is registered for a course and does not attend (unless they cancel before the specified 48 hours) will be charged.
    • All rates are exclusive of GST.

    Introductory courses

    Introductory courses are held three times a year. You must register before you can be enrolled in these courses.

    Advanced workshops

    Advanced workshops are held when there is sufficient interest from users.

    Curtin students

    Users of the Curtin microscopy facilities should contact Ms Elaine Miller at Curtin to arrange enrolment in our courses.

    Current rates: effective September 2016

    Our rates and subscription options apply to users accessing our facilities.

    Health and safety

    All users are required to read the Health and Safety Manuals covering CMCA facilities.

    Funding and grants information

    Advice to applicants for ARC and NHMRC grants for funding in 2016

    This guide shows how to incorporate the costs of accessing the CMCA facilities into ARC and NHMRC applications.

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