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It was a very good program. I learned a lot! 

Sutharshiny Sritharakumar
Chemical Laboratory Technician
Chemical Laboratory Technician

Chemical Laboratory Technician

Chemical Laboratory Technician

Chemical Laboratory Technician

Chemical Laboratory Technician

Chemicals are everywhere. Plastics, soaps, shampoos, food ingredients and additives, new alternative fuels, and pharmaceuticals – all of these are products created using chemistry. Chemical lab technicians often work in a team environment developing new products, using advanced testing methodologies to assure quality with chemical manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, food ingredient manufacturers, consumer product companies, energy producers and the emerging green product sector. This program also prepares students for introductory laboratory positions.

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Program Description

This program will provide you with the entry-level qualifications needed to obtain a chemical and/or biological laboratory technician position in a broad range of industries including:

  • Cosmetic
  • Environmental
  • Food production
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Scientific

You will learn how to:

  • Compile records and interpret experimental or analytical results
  • Develop and conduct sampling and data analysis
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment
  • Set up and conduct chemical experiments

Industries of employment:

  • Cosmetic manufacturers
  • Chemical production and industrial chemical manufacturers
  • Environmental sector
  • Federal and provincial governments
  • Food production companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C, M or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 chemistry and biology (recommended)

Please note: Applicants who do not have the admissions criteria for the Chemical Laboratory Technician program may want to consider applying to Durham College’s General Arts and Science one-year certificate program to better prepare themselves and possibly obtain a transferable/elective credit from the School of Science & Engineering Technology. For more information, please contact or 905.721.3000.

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Career Options


  • Chemical laboratory technician
  • Instrumentation technician
  • Quality assurance technician
  • Sample entry technician
  • Sample preparation technician
  • Biological laboratory technician


  • Cosmetic manufacturers
  • Chemical production manufacturers • Energy generation and distribution
  • Food production companies
  • Environmental sector
  • Sales and technical support
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$150$150
Total Fees:$4,009$14,485

Please note: fees are based on the 2015-2016 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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  • Program length: Two-year
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,768 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2016
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2016
  • code: CLBT
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