Reference Quantity: ST0248

Particulars of ordinary


Laboratory Technician




Minimal of 18 months, usually 24 months period.

Occupational profile

Laboratory technicians work in a variety of organisations, together with however not completely, chemical, major and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated merchandise, nuclear corporations; and analytical science providers. A laboratory technician might perform each routine and one-off laboratory testing and carry out a wide range of technical assist capabilities throughout the organisation. In any context working security and ethically is paramount and lots of corporations function below extremely regulated situations due to the necessity to management the standard and security of merchandise, for instance medicines. Laboratory technicians are anticipated to work each individually and as a part of a laboratory staff. They can work with minimal supervision, taking accountability for the standard and accuracy of the work that’s undertaken. They’re proactive find options to issues and figuring out areas for enhancing the enterprise.

Occupational Abilities & Data

A laboratory technician can:

  1. Work safely in a laboratory, sustaining wonderful housekeeping while following acceptable security, surroundings and threat administration programs.
  2.  Perceive and comply with high quality procedures to fulfill the necessities of high quality requirements related to the office.
  3.  Perceive the interior and exterior regulatory surroundings pertinent to the sector and the employer and adjust to laws proficiently.
  4.  Put together for laboratory duties utilizing the suitable scientific methods, procedures and strategies.
  5.  Carry out laboratory duties following specified methodologies, comparable to Customary Working Procedures.
  6. Display technical competence in using specified instrumentation and laboratory gear, together with calibration the place required.
  7. Produce dependable, correct information and preserve correct information of laboratory work undertaken and outcomes.
  8. Analyse, interpret and consider information and determine outcomes requiring additional investigation in search of recommendation of senior colleagues as acceptable.
  9. Perceive and apply statistical methods for information presentation.
  10. Talk scientific info appropriately, together with using Laboratory Info Administration programs, both digital or paper based mostly.
  11. Recognise issues and apply acceptable scientific strategies to determine causes and obtain options.
  12. Take part in steady efficiency enchancment.
  13. Develop and apply theoretical data of related science and know-how required for the sector & job function
  14. Perceive the enterprise surroundings through which the corporate operates together with private function inside the organisation, moral apply and codes of conduct.


15. A laboratory technician additionally demonstrates the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal abilities related to the skilled office together with:

  • talk successfully utilizing a full vary of abilities: talking; listening; writing; physique language; presentation
  • work and work together successfully inside a staff
  • work independently and take accountability for initiating and finishing duties
  • perceive affect of labor on others, particularly the place associated to variety and equality
  • time administration and skill to finish work to schedule
  • capacity to deal with change and reply to vary administration processes.


Apprentices and not using a stage 2 English and arithmetic might want to obtain this stage previous to completion of their apprenticeship.

Apprentices should full a stage 3 or 4 qualification in a science or know-how self-discipline related to their occupation, which is recognised for skilled registration by RSciTech, previous to finishing the end-point evaluation. Instance {qualifications} are detailed within the evaluation plan for this customary.

Hyperlink to skilled registration

The apprenticeship is recognised by the related skilled our bodies at Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) stage, for which there’s a requirement that the technician will take part in subsequent persevering with skilled improvement on completion of the apprenticeship.

Overview date 

June 2018

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