Program Overview

Chemical Laboratory Technology is a three-year Ontario college advanced diploma program combined with a co-op placement. Students will build sound knowledge in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Lab tech training will include hands-on application of your theoretical knowledge using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Students will be able to apply their knowledge through a co-op placement

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
90 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

At the heart of every scientific or technological discovery is a laboratory technologist. If you enjoy research and laboratory analysis, the Fanshawe Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory program is the right fit for you.


Over three years and up to 16 months of paid co-op placement, you'll build a sound basic knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, with emphasis on the principles and performance of standard lab practices, procedures and techniques for biological, chemical and physical analysis. Your lab tech training will also include hands-on application of your theoretical knowledge, using our state-of-the-art instrumentation. As you progress through your lab courses, you will study advanced topics such as biochemistry, molecular biology and modern physics, while developing the soft skills necessary to be successful in any professional environment.


You'll graduate with a dynamic set of lab skills, preparing you to start your career in a variety of laboratory environments like applied research and development, educational, process and quality control, as well as food and beverage industries, petrochemical companies or technical sales. 


This three-year program provides students with an understanding of the practical science of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, and emphasizes the principles and performance of standard laboratory practices, procedures, and techniques for biological, chemical and physical analyses. If you're considering further academic study, graduates may choose to pursue Fanshawe's Bachelor of Applied Technology (Biotechnology) degree or one of our articulation agreements with select universities.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe's Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory program will have the knowledge and set of dynamic lab tech skills to seek out employment opportunities in industrial plants, research laboratories, process and quality control laboratories, product development, technical sales and more. Graduates may find themselves in positions including laboratory assistant, research assistant, applied research and development laboratory technologist, process and quality control laboratory technologist, food and beverage industry technologist, petrochemical company laboratory technologist and technical sales manager. 

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Chemical Laboratory Technology program:

Technical Sales Manager

Be responsible for daily given tasks related to technical sales including analyzing competitors, developing sales opportunities and closing new accounts. 

Laboratory Assistant

Help scientists and medical professionals with daily lab duties and responsibilities including data entry, blood collection, processing and moving specimens and preparing special chemicals for use in laboratory testing. 

Research Assistant

Be responsible for recruiting participants, data management, conducting literature searches, preparing progress reports and preparing materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations. 

Petrochemical Company Laboratory Technologist 

Utilize scientific principles to solve technical problems efficiently and safely at the best cost.

Program Progression


Year 1Start Level 1Class Level 2Class Level 3
Year 2Co-opClass Level 4Co-op
Year 3Co-opClass Level 5Co-op
Year 4Class Level 6/EndN/AN/A



This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Research, determine and perform procedures related to the purification, analysis and synthesis of chemical compounds and samples;
  2. Perform, coordinate and implement laboratory procedures to conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses and tests;
  3. Select, test, calibrate, troubleshoot and evaluate chemical analysis instruments and equipment to assure accurate results;
  4. Implement, coordinate and evaluate quality assurance and quality control procedures, including statistical analysis, in accordance with international and industry standards and government regulations;
  5. Complete, monitor and manage chemical laboratory tasks and projects using computer and information technologies;
  6. Participate in health and safety practices and initiatives in the chemical laboratory to ensure a safe environment for oneself and others;
  7. Promote the efficient, sustainable and ethical use of chemical laboratory resources through the application and analysis of sustainability practices;
  8. Communicate laboratory data, results, analysis and recommendations through the preparation, interpretation and presentation of technical reports;
  9. Collaborate with others and work in chemical laboratory teams to complete laboratory tasks and projects;
  10. Develop strategies for ongoing professional development to enhance competence as a chemical laboratory technologist.


Program Coordinator:

Amy Turnbull


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant with the following courses:

- Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C or U)

- Grade 11 Math (U or M - minimum of 60%), or Grade 12 Math (C* or U)

* MCT4C is the preferred college level math to ensure adequate academic preparation for this program.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do a one-year Pre-Technology preparatory program that provides all the admissions requirements for this program (minimum grade of 60% in math required).


Graduates of this program may choose to pursue Fanshawe's Bachelor of Applied Technology (Biotechnology) degree program.

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95


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Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M) OR Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U) and Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
  • Grade 12 English (C) OR Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory program.


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
This is an introductory course in biology where the study is limited to basic biological process occurring at the cellular level. The topics discussed will include cell structures and their function, structure and formation of macromolecules; energy procurement, release and utilization; DNA structure and protein synthesis; Mendal's Laws and inherited characteristics; and Genetic diseases and their causes.
CHEM-1003General Chemistry 14.5
This course covers the basic concepts of matter, quantitative interpretation of chemical reactions, behaviour of gases, composition of atoms and their electron configurations and chemical bonding. Laboratories provide opportunities to develop laboratory techniques while working on experiments related to theory discussed in lectures.
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
MATH-1172Math 15
As the first of two pre-calculus mathematics courses, content covered includes treatment of data, fundamental algebra, radicals and logarithms. Application of problem solving skills, such as the quadratic formula, as related to scientific analysis will be emphasized.
ENVR-1014Environmental & Science Issues3
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the parameters and problems surrounding major environmental issues. This understanding will enable the student to evaluate different courses of action that can be undertaken in decision making practices.
SKLS-1020Fundamentals of Science1.5
This course introduces the student to basic concepts and skills needed for success in any science of technology field. Emphasis will be given to systems of measurement, basic statistics, data interpretation, and computer applications including MS Word and Excel as applied to laboratory technology.
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Tuition Summary


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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.