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Certificate Course in laboratory techniques is a diploma level course in the laboratory and its related management techniques. The course can be pursued by a candidate after completing their 10+2 (in some cases after 10th) education in science or equivalent subject. The certificate program in laboratory techniques is a beginner’s level course in the domain that aims at providing basic knowledge and skills about laboratory setup and its operation to the students.

Admissions to the course are done on merit basis that is the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in class 12th board (in some cases 10th board) or equivalent examinations. Colleges/Institutes offering the course demand a minimum of 50% marks (Relaxable for reserved category candidates) at 10+2 level in order to grant admissions in the course.

Some of the popular institutes/colleges offering the diploma level course are:

  • AIIMS
  • DS Institute of Paramedical Science
  • Government Degree College for Women
  • IGNOU
  • AIMS
  • DCM Institute of Medical and Paramedical Technology

The fee for the course varies from INR 3,500 to INR 15,000 across various colleges and institutes across the country that are offering this course. The variation in the fee is based on the location and type of university that is private/deemed or government.

Certificate course in laboratory techniques is an entry-level certification which provides operational knowledge and skills to the students in a manner such that they are able to execute their learning in a practical sense. Students are equipped with all the related aspects of the subject during the duration of the course. There is an option for students to enhance their knowledge in the domain by going for Bachelor’s and Master’s level course in the long run. The course is mainly focused on providing the basic understanding of the subject to the students.

A certificate program in laboratory techniques pass out student can look for a variety of options in terms of their career. He/she can opt for a career as School lab assistant, Path lab assistant, lab executive, a lab in charge etc. However, most of the students prefer to go for a higher degree in the discipline before entering the job market so, as to get good remuneration.

Certificate in Laboratory Techniques (CPLT): Course Highlights

Course Level Diploma/Certification
Duration of the Course6 Months (Minimum)-2Years(Maximum)
Examination TypeSemester/Final exams at the end of year
Eligibility10+2 pass out students with a minimum of 50% in class 12th board examination from any recognized board or 10th pass candidate with two years of work experience in the respective domain.
Admission ProcessMerit Based
Course FeeBetween INR 3,500 and INR 15,000
Average Starting SalaryINR 8,000 to 12,000
Top Recruiting areasSchools, Colleges, Path labs, Medicine manufacturers, Chemical labs
Job PositionsSchool lab assistant, Path lab assistant, lab executive, lab in charge etc

Certificate in Laboratory Techniques (CPLT): What is it about?

Laboratories and Practical labs are an important part of science and technology-based colleges as well as schools offering science stream at plus two level. They provide a platform for application of the theoretical knowledge to the students. Thus proper management of labs is an important task that needs to be handled in a professional manner.

To manage the labs properly there is a requirement of qualified professional (apart from teachers of the subject) who have domain expertise and knowledge to handle work efficiently and in a dedicated manner. Hence a certified candidate is what most schools and colleges look for in terms of lab management.

A certificate course in laboratory techniques provided that basic skill set to the student that transforms him into a trained lab professional which most of the colleges, schools, and industrial labs are looking for.

Certificate in Laboratory Techniques (CPLT): Top Institutes 

Certificate in Laboratory Techniques course is offered by a good number of colleges/institutes across the country to candidates who have passed their 10+2/ equivalent examination from a recognized state/central board or are 10th pass with two years of work experience in the respective domain.

For your reference, we have tabled down a list of various colleges/universities that are offering this course in India.

InstituteCityAverage Fee
AIIMSBhopalINR 1,250
DS Institute of Paramedical ScienceGhaziabadINR 8,000
Government Degree College for WomenSrikakulamINR 1,100
IGNOUDelhiINR 3,500
Nalanda Open UniversityPatnaINR 1,325
Pavitra Institute of Health SciencesGurugramINR 2,712
Kasturba Gandhi Degree and PG College for WomenSecundrabadINR 1, 505
Government Raza Post Graduate CollegeRampurINR 1,000
DCM Institute of Medical and Paramedical TechnologyAmritsarINR 15,225

Certificate in Laboratory Techniques: Eligibility

Candidate must have passed the 10+2/equivalent examination from a recognized state/central board with a science background or a 10th pass candidate with two years of work experience in the respective domain and have studied science as a subject.

  • He/she must have obtained at least 50% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) of the marks at 10+2/10th level.
  • He/She shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subject/Subjects at class 10th /12th or equivalent level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admissions.
  • Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility criteria’s various colleges/institutes may have their own additional criteria’s which the students would have to satisfy in order to take admission (like work experience in the domain).
  • In case of reserved category students, they would have to present their reservation certificates issued by the competent authorities in order to avail the benefits applicable to them.

The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.

Certificate in Laboratory Techniques (CPLT): Admission Process

Admissions to the course are mostly based on a merit-based criterion for a selection with a select few institutes/colleges going for CET based admissions. 

  • A merit list of candidates is prepared (out of the total candidates who have applied) and candidates are invited for admission process by the respective institute or college.
  • After final allotment of seats to the candidate takes the candidates are asked to deposit the fee for the course and register for the respective academic year.

In most of the colleges, the admission process would is a straightforward task which would involve merit-based admission in the course.

Certificate in Laboratory Techniques (CPLT): Syllabus and Course description

The course is divided into two semesters/final exams spanning over a duration of 6 months (Two years in some cases). The syllabus of the course is designed in a manner so as to teach all the basic technicalities of the domain to the students in a gradual manner.

The details regarding the syllabus are tabled below for your reference.

Subjects of Study
Good Laboratory Practices
Laboratory Techniques in Biology
Laboratory Techniques in Chemistry
Laboratory Technique in Physics
Preparatory course in General Mathematics
General English
Practical Skills

Certificate in Laboratory Techniques: Who Should Opt for?

  • Students who have a background in science at plus two or higher secondary level.
  • Those who have a career in lab management in mind.
  • Those who are looking for a technical and skills-based job
  • Those who are looking for higher studies in the domain

Certificate in Laboratory Techniques (CPLT): Career Prospects

A laboratory techniques certified candidate has plenty of options to choose  in terms of his/her career. One can choose from areas like school, college, industry, path lab etc.

To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where laboratory techniques graduate can look for in terms of their career.

Job ProfileRoleAverage Salary for Fresher’s
Lab executiveA lab executive is a school level job where a certified candidate is employed for management of the practical labs in the school.INR 1.24-1.6 Lacs 
Lab assistantLab assistants are mostly seen in colleges and universities and entrusted with the job of keeping the lab apparatus and system in proper organization and condition.INR 1-1.65 Lacs
Path lab assistantPath lab assistants are seen handling managerial activities in consonance with a path lab/testing lab under senior's supervision.INR 1.44-1.7 Lacs
Lab attendantLab attendants are entrusted with the responsibility of assisting students while performing the practical.INR 1-1.25 Lacs
Lab InchargeA lab incharge keeps a supervisory watch over all the lab related activities and briefs he management about needs and expenditure with respect to labs.INR 1.2-1.8 Lacs

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