Basic Laboratory Skills

1 Day Course

The purpose of this course is to introduce or reinforce the basic laboratory skills that analysts utilise on a daily basis. We ensure that all staff is trained in basic laboratory operations such as weighing, pipetting, titration, volumetric work, moisture determination, pH determination, use of laboratory notebooks, etc.

A series of exercises have been designed which cover the practical content of each section. These are designed to cater for learners with a wide range of previous experience

  • We limit numbers per co so that each delegate gets the opportunity to ask questions and fully participate in practical exercises 
  • As this course is delivered on-site we can design the course material to suit your specific training needs
  • Customisable written assessments are available if required

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Course Overview

Why waste valuable time and money preparing basic laboratory skills courses and induction training for new laboratory staff? Allow Crawford Scientific training professionals to design and implement training around existing procedures and basic laboratory instrumentation.

Our custom design service can incorporate existing SOPs and Protocols so that new staff are skilled in basic laboratory operations and are all following best practice. An additional benefit is the opportunity to review laboratory practices to ensure they are compliant with current regulatory guidelines and best practice.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for new analytical staff, or can be tailored around specific procedures and instrumentation to provide an invaluable refresher for the experienced user.

Previous knowledge

It is assumed that you are familiar with the safety and quality standards which you will be expected to adhere to in your daily work. Background knowledge of the different techniques and all the essentials of separation science, statistics, etc are fully covered in the course.

What you will learn

  • Introduction to working in the laboratory
  • Labelling and housekeeping
  • Use of balances
  • Use of volumetric glassware
  • Use of pipettes
  • Preparation of buffers
  • Setting up analytical instrumentation


Course Outline

Labelling and Housekeeping Units of Measurement

  • Percentages

Chemical Analysis

  • Methods of quantitation
  • Accuracy and precision
  • Repeatability and reproducibility

Use of Balances

  • Use of correct measuring procedure and recording
  • Balance location and house keeping
  • Calibration of balances

Use of Volumetric Glassware

  • Glassware grade
  • Cleaning and care
  • Dilution errors
  • Temperature, solution and mixing effects

Use of Pipettes

  • Positive displacement autopipettes

Use of pH Meters

  • Introduction and theory
  • Determining pH
  • Buffer solution and pH electrode characteristics

Instrumentation Setup Protocols and Pre-Run Checks