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The Technical Skills Certificate is the latest initiative by the Royal Society of Biology, which follows on from the successful launch of the Industry Skills Certificate in 2019. This certificate is designed to support the career development of technical staff working in higher education, industry or in a private laboratory.

The courses which make up the certificate have been selected based on the results of a survey circulated among the technical community. The key skills identified were reinforced by advice from the Society’s Employer Advisory Group (EAG). EAG is a direct interface between employers/industry and the Royal Society of Biology, which allows us to understand industry requirements better.

We know that technical staff make it happen and facilities would struggle to function effectively without their expertise and experience. The Royal Society of Biology fully supports the Technician Commitment and this certificate aims to support the career development and recognition of technical staff. The Technical Skills Certificate is also an objective in the Royal Society of Biology Technician Action Plan

The Technical Skills certificate supports applicants working towards Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) status by supporting development in one or more of the following competency areas:

  • Application of knowledge and understanding
  • Personal responsibility
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Professional practice
  • Professional standards

Participants can register with the Society’s CPD scheme to further develop their skills and keep a record of their progress. If your role is technical or you are an aspiring technician, then this is the perfect programme to learn new skills or to up-skill in areas you have an interest in.

Certificate Requirements:

To achieve the certificate, you must undertake a minimum of five courses within a 12-month period, including one compulsory course. You can begin at any time by enrolling in your first course. Once you have completed your chosen courses you will be required to contact training@rsb.org.uk to verify your participation and to be awarded your Technical Skills Certificate.

Some courses are currently in development and require you to 'register your interest' to complete at a later date.

Compulsory course to be taken:

          Unconscious Bias

 

At least four courses must be taken from:

 

In-person courses

          Train the Trainer

          Leadership in a Laboratory Environment

          Cell/Tissue Culture: The Basics - register interest

          Laboratory Health & Safety (and COSHH)

          The Light Microscope: All you need to Know - register interest

          Experimental Design in the Bioscience Laboratory - register interest

          Aseptic Technique - register interest

          Laboratory Math’s - register interest

          The Basics of Immunoassays - register interest

 

Online courses (via myLearning)

          Introduction to Project Management

          Laboratory Equipment Maintenance - register interest

          Mental Health First Aid - register interest

Fees

The fee will vary based on the courses you select and whether or not you are a member of the Royal Society of Biology.

If you are an organisation and would like to register staff in bulk for this certificate, or require any further information please contact our Training and Development Officer or call 0203 925 3453.

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