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Professional Laboratory Technician Programme (Level 5)
This programme can be taken from anywhere in New Zealand with our distance delivery which participants say is more personal than much in-person delivery.

THIS PROGRAMME IS PENDING NZQA APPROVAL.  We have a similar programme which is currently approved.  However, we plan to discontinue that version once this improved version is approved.  If you want information about the current version, please contact us.

People successfully completing this programme are awarded the New Zealand Diploma of Applied Science (Level 5).

Who for
This programme is primarily for people with significant laboratory skills, but lacking substantial testing or research laboratory experience.
Indicative content
  • Concepts of how analyses work generally
  • Concepts of how chemical analyses work
  • Concepts of how microbiological analyses work
  • Locating information related to principles behind analyses
  • Using information related to principles behind analyses
  • Selected routine laboratory tasks
  • Concepts behind selected routine laboratory tasks
  • The spectrum of more or less routine work
  • Collecting scientific data
  • Recording scientific data
  • Storing scientific data
  • Processing scientific data
  • Considering why analyses matter
  • Evaluating scientific data
  • Reporting scientific information in publication
  • Reporting scientific information to client
  • Interpreting information for clients
  • Consulting with clients
  • Corrective action reports
  • Corrective actions
  • Preventative actions
  • Using near misses
  • Spotting and reacting to anomalies
  • Spotting and reacting to safety issues (including ergonomic)
  • Spotting and reacting to inefficiencies
  • Stepping-up without over-stepping your role
  • Role evolution
  • Role ambiguities
  • Professional expectations
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Being a good work-mate
Learning outcome(s)

People successfully completing this programme will be able to:

  • select and apply scientific principles to carry out routine tasks in a scientific laboratory;
  • collect, process, evaluate and report scientific data in a scientific laboratory;
  • identify common problems with laboratory processes, and recommend solutions;
  • contribute to, and have responsibility for, team outcomes in a scientific laboratory; and
  • apply knowledge of ethical, social, and culturally responsive behaviour to laboratory practice.
Assessment types

For an explanation about the nature of the following assessments please click here.

  • assignment
  • verbal follow-up
  • attestation
Entry requirements

At least 60 NZQF science credits (Level 4 or above)(or equivalent), and demonstration of general suitability for the study through Real World Education's pre-entry process.


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