Laboratory Methods for Non-scientists Workshop



Laboratory personnel are held accountable for the accurate analyses of samples. Results are used by production and logistics staff or external clients as the basis for major decisions, however the level of technical training on laboratory methods, both chemical and microbiological are, in many cases, below average. Often, laboratory analysts do not have formal tertiary education to equip them for their tasks. Not all laboratories opt for the implementation of ISO 17025, but all laboratories should have basic systems in place to ensure effective management of personnel, equipment, facilities and methods.

Management should enable and empower analysts within the laboratory to perform their tasks in a competent manner. Various analytical, chemical and microbiological test methodologies are discussed to highlight the underlying principles on which these methods are based. This background information enables analysts to detect possible problems relating to accuracy and precision and to improve the trustworthiness of the results provided.

The Progress Excellence Approach

  • Discussion of various laboratory methods (analytical, chemical and microbiological) and their underlying principles.
  • Basic microbiology principles for non-microbiologists.
  • Techniques for identifying problems and problem solving.
  • Record keeping and interpretation of specifications.

Who should attend?

Laboratory staff

Entry requirements

Delegates must have a basic understanding of food analyses and should be working in the food environment. Experience in a laboratory is beneficial.


  • An assignment is due after completion of this course.
  • A pass mark of 70% is required for the assignment and full attendance of the course for a certificate to be issued.

Duration of the course

3 days. This course can be customised to include specific methods relevant to your laboratory. The duration could differ, based on the test methods selected. It is possible to present this course in different sessions, and not as 3 consecutive days to accommodate the duties and functions of laboratory staff.

Course code

Course 14


The course material will equip delegates with the following:

  • Understand the requirements for general management, maintenance and housekeeping in a laboratory.
  • Determine key aspects for effective communication of results to internal and external clients.
  • Understand the various systems required in a laboratory to ensure effective management.
  • Understand the basic concepts for analytical, chemical and microbiological analyses and the ability to identify and solve problems related to the method.
  • Interpret specifications and understand the importance of accurate record keeping.

Each delegate receives

A full colour delegate manual


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