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Qualification: State-certified biological technician

State-certified biological technician

Qualification Information

Type of qualification

This qualification is a vocational education and training at a vocational school governed by federal state law. Attendance at full-time vocational school for a period of two years imparts the necessary qualifications for the exercising of a state recognised training occupation under federal state law. This is a full-time school-based training course with a minimum duration of two years. Teaching encompasses a cross-occupational, an occupationally related and possibly also a practical area of learning. Courses are aligned towards occupational work processes and company business processes. A practical placement is integrated into training. Successful completion of training confers the right directly to exercise the occupation in question as a qualified skilled worker in a training occupation governed by federal state law.

Those completing the qualification acquire the necessary employability skills for the exercising of a qualified occupational activity. These bring together professional competence, autonomy and social competence to form overall occupational competence. Methodological competence, communicative competence and learning competence are also intrinsic components of employability skills. They are in possession of competences for the autonomous planning and processing of professional tasks assigned within a comprehensive area of learning or field of occupational activity which is subject to change.

Description of the qualification (learning outcomes)

Use technical biological, bio-chemical, chemical and physico-chemical knowledge to act autonomously in the resolution of occupationally specific tasks
Use mathematical procedures to carry out chemical, physico-chemical and physical tasks
Plan, implement and evaluate work processes on the basis of work instructions and using specialist literature
Draw up test protocols including graphic representations; evaluate and document measurement results; document work results in accordance with the rules of specialist literature including using photographic methods
Use occupationally related information technology
Determine physical values of materials
Plan, carry out and evaluate gravimetric and volumetric analyses including simple quantitative separations
Plan, carry out and evaluate physico-chemical tasks
Apply instrumental analytical work methods, in particular spectroscopic, chromatographic, electro-chemical and
thermoanalytical procedures
Use sampling and sampling preparation techniques in bio-chemical analysis and for biological tests
Use microscopic techniques
Carry out histological work on botanical and zoological objects
Identify and preserve biological materials, produce permanent preparations
Carry out physiological examinations of plants and animals
Cultivate, isolate and identify microorganisms
Prepare (dissect) animals, remove organs
Handle cell and tissue cultures or isolated organs
Carry out bio-technical procedures
Use English-language documentation and communicate in English in an activity-related manner
Accord due consideration to health and safety at work and to the rules of hygiene, handle personal protective equipment and safety and fire protection equipment
Accord due consideration to correct conduct in the case of accidents, initiate first-aid measures
Accord due consideration to environmental protection regulations, avoid damage to the environment, make efficient use of energy at work
Use, manage and maintain work equipment and materials
Label, store, handle and dispose of work materials
Work cooperatively and communicatively within a team
Take on an active role in helping to shape the work environment
Formulate, realise and reflect on work objectives

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Awarding body: 

Public or state recognised vocational school

Access requirements: 

In accordance with the provisions in place in the respective federal state:

at least a lower secondary school leaving certificate or an educational qualification recognised as being equivalent pursuant to the regulations of the respective federal state or

intermediate secondary school leaving certificate or an educational qualification recognised as equivalent or entitlement to attend upper secondary school in accordance with the regulations of the respective federal state.

Ways to acquire: 

State final examination:

  1. Following completion of training within the scope of the curriculum stipulated at a full-time vocational school or
  2. Following admission as a non-pupil by the education authority of the federal state.