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Chemical Laboratory Technician

Chemical Laboratory Technician

Program Code:CLT
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

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

That means getting the hands–on experience necessary to perform assays and determinations with the 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.

Areas of Study

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

Diploma Transfer

In the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry, the Technician (two- year) and Technologist (three-year) programs have a common first year.

  • Students wishing to be considered for the three-year programs Biotechnology Advanced, Chemical Engineering Technology or Chemical Laboratory Technology - Parmaceutical may only apply to transfer after semester two or upon graduation from Chemical Laboratory Technician.
  • In order to apply to transfer directly after semester two:
    • students must be in their current English level
    • students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in semester two while completing a minimum of three subjects.
  • In order to apply to transfer upon graduation students must have a semester four minimum GPA of 3.0 OR a semester three and four average GPA of 3.0 or greater.

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



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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 (CLT) program will prepare you to perform physical, chemical and microbiological analyses under the supervision of a technologist, chemist, biologist or engineer.


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

Transfer Pathways

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


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice or Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice

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

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Science Survival
Semester 2
Advanced Computer Applications
General Education Option
Semester 3
Applied Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry - Organic
Effective Technical Writing
General Education Option
Semester 4
Analytical Chemistry
Instrumental Methods
General Education Option
Industrial Microbiology or
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Diane Duerden
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33006
Program Contacts:
Program Student Advisor: Monica Russell
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33769
Program Coordinator: Margot Wassenaar-Faber
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33248
Program Chair: Paola Battiston
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33760
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