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Chemical Laboratory Technology

Open for Fall 2020

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

Program Highlights

Learn hands-on the basics of chemistry to start a career as a chemical, laboratory or research technologist in a number of areas, from the petroleum and natural gas industry to environmental consulting.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,239
Year 2: $5,989
Year 1 (International): $20,343
Year 2 (International): $19,432

Year 1: $6,844
Year 2: $6,576
Year 1 (International): $21,138
Year 2 (International): $20,199

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


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available..  

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

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.

Program Details

Program Description

Want a career that’s sure to get a positive reaction? In the Chemical Laboratory Technology program you’ll learn the fundamentals in chemistry, get hands-on experience performing experiments and analyzing samples in laboratories, and you can 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.

Your Career

Graduates find work as chemical technologists, laboratory technologists, research technologists, technical sales and service specialists and technical assistants in the chemical industry. Opportunities exist in petroleum and natural gas processing, petrochemicals, metallurgical refining, food and beverage processing, agriculture, environmental consulting and government departments of agriculture, forestry and education.

Student Success

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

Additionally, students who experience success in this program have good work ethics and communication skills.

Credentials and accreditation

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


The program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board and by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. Graduates can also register with the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists and Chemical Institute of Canada.

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
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • NAIT
  • Royal Roads University
  • Thompson Rivers University

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.

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.


Program Outline

View additional Chemical Laboratory Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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 quality 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.


2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $5,254 $462 $288 $235 $6,239
2 $5,004 $462 $288 $235 $5,989

2019/20 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $19,133 $462 $288 $460 $20,343
2 $18,222 $462 $288 $460 $19,432

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

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $19,708 $682 $288 $460 $21,138
2 $18,769 $682 $288 $460 $20,199

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors


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: $460
  • 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.


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