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Chemical Laboratory Technician

Available: Summer, Fall, Winter

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.


4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

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)

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840 [email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22364 [email protected]

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

[email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22608
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Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Margot Wassenaar-Faber 416.491.5050 ext. 33248 [email protected]

Program Chair

Paola Battiston 416.491.5050 ext. 33760 [email protected]

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network