Fuel Your Passion for Science, Become a Chemical Laboratory Assistant.
Why Choose the Occupational Certificate Programme?
If you’re passionate about science, this programme is the perfect choice. As a Chemical Laboratory Assistant, you’ll play a crucial role in assisting scientists and researchers with lab experiments, sample processing, result classification, and documentation. This qualification provides the essential foundation for those aspiring to thrive in the field of chemistry while sharpening your computer and mathematical skills.

Course Information

You may enter the programme, with:
  • Grade 11
The Certificate in Chemical Laboratory Assistant is accredited by the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO). The QCTO is a public entity responsible for quality assurance and the oversight of the design, accreditation, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications, part-qualifications and skills programmes.
Certificates are issued by Berea Technical College (BTC). Berea Technical College is accredited by Umalusi Council of Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training and by the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations. Programmes are fully accredited with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
  • Analytical Chemist – Pay Estimate: +/- R200 000 to R500 000 a year
  • Industrial Chemist – Pay Estimate: +/- R300 000 to R600 000 a year
  • Laboratory Assistant – Pay Estimate: +/- R180 000 to R230 000 a year

Contact a career consultant on campus or online, who will take you through the affordable Occupational Certificate pricing structure and explain our flexible payment options.

Customised study materials which meet the programme outcomes can be accessed from the Learner Management System, Moodle. A prescribed book list is available from the academic manager at the start of the programme, although the study guide available on Moodle will sufficiently cover the exam requirements.

Moodle is an online platform where registered students receive their study materials and other online support material with zero data costs.
  • Explore engaging online content, crafted by subject matter experts.
  • Access to customised academic repository with assignments, videos and PowerPoint lessons.
  • 24-hour access.

Once you have achieved the Occupational Certificate professional training, you can progress to other programmes offered by us or you can earn credits from public tertiary education institutions.

Refer to the SAQA fact sheet for more options to study further.

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