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Chemical Laboratory Technology

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Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. Learn more


Get hands-on with the basics of chemistry to begin your career as a chemical, laboratory or research technologist in a number of industries, from petroleum and natural gas to environmental consulting.

In the Chemical Laboratory Technology program you’ll learn the fundamentals of chemistry, get hands-on experience performing experiments and analyzing samples in laboratories and you'll participate in a 12-month paid work placement program.

As a Chemical Laboratory Technologist, you’ll work in a wide range of industrial and research settings.

Is this the right fit for you?

Students with higher grades and recent upgrading in Math 30 (Pure Math) and Chemistry 30 will experience more success in this program.

Additionally, students should have good work ethics and communication skills.


This program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). Graduates can also register with the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists and Chemical Institute of Canada.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technology.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in petroleum and natural gas processing, petrochemicals, metallurgical refining, food and beverage processing, agriculture, environmental consulting and government departments of agriculture, forestry and education. Potential positions include: 

  • chemical technologist 
  • laboratory technologist 
  • research technologist 
  • technical sales and service specialist 
  • technical assistant 

Related careers include: 

  • petroleum and natural gas processer 
  • environmental consultant 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,844
Year 2: $6,576

Year 1 (International): $21,021
Year 2 (International): $21,082

Year 1: TBA 
Year 2: TBA

Year 1 (International): $20,103 (+fees TBD) 
Year 2 (International): $20,485 (+fees TBD) 

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 

How to apply

Nationally accredited education

Our Chemical Laboratory Technology program has been evaluated and is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada — a national accrediting body for the engineering technology and applied science profession. This process represents excellence in education and the high standards of the industry awaiting our graduates.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications open Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or 75% in Math 30-2
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% in English Language Arts 30-2
  • At least 60% in Chemistry 30

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Chemical Laboratory Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1 - Fall

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-240 General Chemistry 3.0
CHEM-270 Basic Laboratory Techniques 6.0
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
COMP-261 MS Office: An Introduction 1.5
MATH-237 Math for Technologists 3.0
Semester 1 Total 16.5


Semester 2 - Winter

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-245 Inorganic Chemistry 3.0
CHEM-253 Organic Chemistry 6.0
CHEM-275 Analytical Chemistry 1.5
INST-296 Chemical Instrumentation Theory 1.5
INST-297 Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 31.5

Second Year

Semester 3 - Fall

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-303 Chemometric Applications 1.5
CHEM-345 Unit Chemical Process Operations 1.5
ENVS-301 Water Treatment 1.5
INST-300 Applied Analytical Instrumentation I 6.0
SFTY-201 Chemical Safety 1.5
THRM-318 Thermodynamics 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0
Co-op Work Term (Option)
PRAC-303 Work Term for Chemistry Co-op*
*International students may not qualify for the optional co-operative work-study program. Please contact the SAIT International Centre to confirm eligibility for optional operative work-study placements.


Semester 4 - Winter

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-325 Technical Project Week 1.5
CHEM-351 Oil Field Chemical & Fluids Intro 1.5
ENVS-320 Environmental Science/Ecology 3.0
INST-396 Applied Analytical Instrumentation II 6.0
QUAL-352 Quality Assurance and Quality Control 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 61.5


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • NAIT
  • Royal Roads University
  • Thompson Rivers University

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,622 $682 $288 $252 $6,844
2 $5,354 $682 $288 $252 $6,576

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $19,708 $682 $288 $344 $21,021
2 $18,769 $682 $288 $344 $20,082

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 TBA $- $- $- TBA
2 TBA $- $- $- TBA

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $20,103 $- $- $- TBA
2 $20,485 $- $- $- TBA

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 for the first year and $500 for the second year.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020


Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

You'll require a scientific calculator capable of performing linear regression.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

PPE is required in various labs. You'll need a lab coat and CSA-approved safety glasses (with uvex and side shields) by the first day of class to enter the chemistry labs.

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 160: Safety Orientation.

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Email: MacPhail.students@sait.ca

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