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  • Chemical Laboratory Technician

    Chemical Laboratory Technician

Program Code:CLT
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Summer, Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Learn the essential principles and techniques currently used in the biological and chemical sciences. In the CLT program, you’ll benefit from practical training.

That means getting the hands–on experience necessary to perform assays and determinations with the required speed, precision, and accuracy required in a broad range of industries. You’ll also receive thorough training in the proper care and use of laboratory apparatus for wet and instrumental methods.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts to routine tasks such as the analysis and synthesis of chemical compounds and samples.
  • Conduct basic manual quantitative and qualitative analyses accurately, using prescribed laboratory procedures.
  • Prepare organic and inorganic compounds using standard synthetic and purification procedures.
  • Perform routine statistical calculations to report the results of analyses.
  • Perform instrumental chemical analysis and report the quantitative/qualitative results.
  • Apply basic computer skills relevant to the chemical laboratory technology field.
  • Perform established Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures to ensure that processes remain within designated limits.
  • Perform all assigned work in compliance with occupational health, safety, and environmental law, legislation, and regulations; established policies and procedures; and in accordance with ethical principles.
  • Apply problem-solving skills to chemical laboratory technology.
  • Use interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to the chemical laboratory technology environment.
  • Develop a plan for continued professional growth.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry: (C)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading)


The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Work with government agencies, industry, university laboratories, and consulting firms on a range of projects from quality control to research and development. Your diploma in the Chemical Laboratory Technician program will prepare you to perform physical, chemical and microbiological analyses under the supervision of a technologist, chemist, biologist or engineer.

Areas of Study

As a student of CLT, you’ll study a broad range of topics, including organic and analytical chemistry, biochemistry, industrial micro– biology, pharmaceutical and instrumental methods.

Transfer to 3-Year Technology Programs

In the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry, the Technician (2–year) and Technologist (3–year) programs have a common first year, that is, semester one and semester two.

  • Students wishing to be considered for the three–year program in BTR, CHY or CLP, may only apply to transfer after semester two or upon graduation from CLT.
  • In order to apply to transfer directly after semester two:
    • students must be in their current English semester;
    • students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 in semester two while completing a minimum of three courses.
  • In order to apply to transfer upon graduation:
    • students must have a semester four minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 OR a semesters three and four average G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater.
  • Note that the following CLT courses are not equivalent to three–year program courses:
    • CHO372 is not equivalent to CHO333 or CHO373
    • MBG372 is not equivalent to MBG353 Graduates of the 2–year Chemical Laboratory Technician program with a semester four minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 may apply to transfer to CHY semester four.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Canadian Society of Microbiologists
  • Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

School Guidelines

All students are required to follow guidelines, policies and procedures set down by the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry.

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category), for which EAC150 is a pre–requisite.

A general education course (other than EAC), is a pre–requisite for SES391.

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceutical or technology disciplines, applicants may qualify to begin their Seneca College studies in a higher semester than 1. At the discretion of the academic area, upper level entry may be granted to applicants who partially qualify with the understanding that they need to take additional courses from previous semesters.

Important Academic Dates

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Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIO173 Biology 6
CHM173 Chemistry 6
EAC150 College English 3
MTH173 Mathematics 5
SSA001 Science Survival 1
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACA273 Advanced Computer Applications 3
BIO273 Biology 6
CHM273 Chemistry 6
MTH273 Mathematics 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AIC372 Applied Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHO372 Chemistry - Organic 6
MBG372 Microbiology 5
PHY453 Physics 3
SES391 Effective Technical Writing 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIC472 Biochemistry 6
IMB472 or
Industrial Microbiology
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
ITM472 Instrumental Methods 6
IOC472 Analytical Chemistry 6
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Carsten Wuertz
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22803
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Diane Duerden
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006
Program Contacts:
Program Student Advisor: Monica Russell
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
Program Chair: Paola Battiston
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33760
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