Undergraduate

103On this page we will tell you generally about the:

In all three:

  • Most of the practical learning happens in accredited, working testing or research laboratories, our Partnering Laboratories.
  • Related learning is done using our interactive video lessons with the assistance of our staff.  That can be in our Centre in Palmerston North or away from the Centre.
  • Participants get the skills and experience laboratory employers want.
  • Participants earn formal qualifications.
  • New Zealanders or international participants are welcome.
  • The minimum entry requirements for all three are essentially a good high school education (or equivalent knowledge and skills), some knowledge of chemistry (typical of a year of high school chemistry) and good English communications skills (details on pages for each programme).  Although no degree is required for entry, each of these programmes can be of value to participants with degrees.
  • The study is full-time and in New Zealand.
  • Chemistry and microbiology for laboratory work is included (with some flexibility to focus more on one or the other).
  • Participants are not left to flounder on their own; we monitor how they are doing.
  • Tutorial help is available.
  • Other providers have programmes that are more appropriate if you want to work in a medical lab, although a medical lab background can be excellent for these programmes.
  • We help participants and graduates get a job with assistance in preparing a CV, developing interviewing skills, and other related skills.
  • Graduates are highly employable.

So what is different between the three programmes?

  • Length:  Approximate, including study breaks
    • Laboratory Skills Programme - 5 months
    • Laboratory Technician Programme- 11 months
    • Laboratory Technician Comprehensive Programme - 17 months.
  • Amount of practical experience in the Partnering Laboratories.  Approximate:
    • Laboratory Skills Programme - 140 hours
    • Laboratory Technician Programme- 440 hours
    • Laboratory Technician Comprehensive Programme - 740 hours
  • How advanced the learning is:  The longer the programme the more advanced the learning that you will receive.
  • Cost: The cost is approximately proportional to the length of the programme.

The Laboratory Skills Programme is essentially the first third of the Laboratory Technician Comprehensive Programme, and the Laboratory Technician Programme is essentially the first two-thirds of the Laboratory Technician Comprehensive Programme. 

We speak with each applicant about the applicant's specific needs.  However, for international participants, especially those who would like to work in New Zealand after completion of the programme, the Laboratory Technician Comprehensive Programme is usually the best choice,  This has a number of advantages including being a programme that leads to a Level 6 qualification with 60 weeks of study that can be useful for post-study work visas.  We do not give immigrations advice, and we recommend checking your circumstances with Immigrations NZ or a licensed immigrations advisor.

What if you are interested in one of those programmes but already work in a laboratory? Often, if your employer is willing, we can arrange for your training there to count as the practical training for the programme. Please contact us to discuss options.