BioWork Process Technician

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BioWork is a 136-hour non-credit certificate course (Workforce Continuing Education) that can lead to an entry-level position as a process technician.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded for this course.  BioWork is intended for high school graduates, for those in manufacturing industries who have lost their job, and for those who would like to start a new career. 

To learn more about the BioWork Program or learn how to start the registration process, click on the BioNetwork online BioWork information website button below.

Online Information Session




"Of all the teachers and courses I've taken, I would say that Bio Work impacted my life the most. I went from minimum wage to making a great living surrounded by people who actually enjoy coming to work for a company that actually cares."
-Ryan Kennedy, Merck employee

2020 BioWork Information Sessions

Entry into the BioWork Program
BioWork Information Sessions have changed to a generic online BioWork information session followed by shorter onsite information sessions in which specific college requirements will be explained and placement tests will be given.  This online BioWork information session is now functional, please go to the top of this webpage to the online information session button to first complete the online information session.

You must complete the online BioWork information session, attend an onsite BioWork information session, take a series of free placement tests, and pass those tests before entry into the BioWork Program. All prospective BioWork students at Wake Technical Community College must take and pass these placement tests regardless of previous college degree, previous college course work, or present student status. The placement tests will be given at the beginning of the onsite information sessions.  The onsite information sessions take approximately two and a half hours to complete.  Please arrive at the start time of the session or a few minutes early.  Testing will begin promptly at the times listed below.

Information Sessions  (including placement testing) for BioWork Courses: 

  • Information sessions that were previously scheduled to occur between the dates of March 15 and May 15, 2020 are cancelled due to the close of the college for onsite activities.  Conditions concerning the current outbreak of Coronavirus COVID19, will be reassessed after May 15 to determine if onsite activities can resume.


  • No other scheduling information of future BioWork Information Sessions are available at this time.

BioWork Information Sessions and all BioWork classes are located at Western Wake Campus, 3434 Kildaire Farm Rd. Cary, NC
Please direct any questions about the information sessions or placement tests to the BioWork Director listed at the bottom of this webpage.

Course Details & Registration Information

For at least the period of March 15, 2020 through May 15, 2020, the college will be closed to onsite classes and other activities.  This closing may extent beyond the date of April 5, 2020.  Conditions concerning the current outbreak of Coronavirus COVID19, will be reassessed after May 15, 2020 to determine if onsite activities can resume.  These closings may affect the start dates of currently scheduled classes or may result in the cancellation of certain classes.

Industry-recognized credential: BioWork Process Technician Certificate

Complete in: 4 months or less

For non-credit student support services or to see if you qualify for financial assistance, contact the Career Pathways Program & Student Resources. 

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Industry Recognized Credential
Biowork: Process Technician TrainingBTC-3200A72 available classes
This course is designed to provide basic preparation for entry-level process technician jobs in bioprocess manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and chemical manufacturing. Course competencies include understanding the role of a process technician, safety, quality pro...
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Biowork Program Basics

  • Cost: $330 (including books)*
  • Duration of Course: 12-16 weeks, depending upon section chosen to attend
  • Section Options: day, evening, and hybrid distance learning
  • Location: Western Wake Campus

Program Highlights

  • Eight units of study designed by industry and directly related to biopharmaceutical technology
  • Hands-on lab and equipment training (25% of course)
  • Teamwork and problem solving activities
  • Tour of the Biomanufacturing Training Education Center / BioNetwork Capstone Center and aseptic gowning training
  • Teaching expertise of industry veterans
  • Optional state certification exam for process technicians
  • Networking opportunities linked to career-building and job search
  • Optional resume support and interview practice
  • A link to additional hands-on training provided by the BioNetwork Capstone Center

Registration Requirements

Before you can register for BioWork, you must:

  • Hold a high school diploma or GED
  • Attend an information session. Sessions including placement tests take about three hours; reservations are not required
  • Pass placements test in reading and math. Placement testing occurs at the beginning of the information session and takes about 2 hours; testing is free and reservations are not required. 
  • Pay tuition of $330 (includes the cost of books)*

Only after taking and passing the placement tests will students be able to register for a BioWork class.

Scholarships Opportunities

  • A scholarship in the amount of $165.00* (half of the course cost) may be available for the traditional face to face lecture versions or the hybrid class that meets once a week for laboratory activities.  If obtained, the cost of the BioWork course would be reduced to $165.00*. 
  • At this time, the Career Pathways Program scholarships are not available for the online version of the BioWork course that has all the laboratory activities in the final week of the class. To find more information about these scholarships, available through the Career Pathway Scholarship Program, please visit the following website: Financial Resources for Workforce Continuing Education Programs 

* Pricing as of Fall of 2019, a new textbook is being adopted and printing cost has not been determined as of October 2019.

State Certification Exam

Wake Tech offers the State Certification Exam for Process Technicians for students that have completed and passed the BioWork Program. The exam is voluntary and cost is $75 (new price, effective June 1, 2019). The test is administered by Scantron; only students that have a BioWork certificate will receive scores from Scantron. For more information and an application, please visit the Scranton Process Technician Examination website. Applications for these exams are made directly through mail to Scantron.

Process Technician State Certification Exam Schedule
The next set of Process Technician State Certification Exams will be scheduled for June or early July 2020.  
Dates for these exams will be posted on this website in May 2020 and will also be posted on the Scantron Process Technician exam   

For additional information about the BioWork Program at Wake Technical Community College please contact:
Dr. Michael K. Morgan
Director, BioWork Program
[email protected]