BioWork Process Technician
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.
"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
2021 / 2022 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 three hours to complete.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of the session. Face coverings / masks are required for entry into the building. We still have room occupancy limits so reservations are still required for the onsite information / placement test sessions. Spots for these onsite information / placement test sessions are limited to those that reserve first.
Information Sessions (including placement testing) for BioWork Courses
- Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - Western Wake campus, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Rm. 101, must make reservation and arrive by 5:50 PM.
- Thursday, January 13, 2022 - Western Wake campus, 9:00 AM to noon, Rm. 118, must make reservation and arrive by 8:50 AM.
- Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - Western Wake campus, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Rm. 118, must make reservation and arrive by 5:50 PM.
- Friday, January 28, 2022 - Western Wake campus, 9:00 AM to noon, Rm. 118, must make reservation and arrive by 8:50 AM.
- You must make reservations to attend one of these information / placement test sessions, see special instructions below. If you just show up without making reservations, you will not be allowed to attend
The above onsite information sessions will be held at the Western Wake campus - 3434 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary, NC
Special instruction related to COVID-19 epidemic.
After information sessions have been scheduled and posted on this website, you must first register by sending me an email that states which information session you want to attend.
To register for an upcoming information / placement test session, your email must contain the following information:
1. Which session you wish to attend
2. Your full legal name
3. A telephone number at which you can be reached
4. Your email address
Sending me this email does not guarantee a space in the information session. Those emails first received will placed at the top of the list. My email is listed at the bottom of this website. If there is room for you at one of these information / placement test sessions, I will send you an email confirming your space and giving you specific instructions about these sessions.
If you just show up on the day or evening of the information / placement test session, you will not be allowed to attend. You must register in advance.
Please direct any questions about the information sessions or placement tests to the BioWork Director listed at the bottom of this website.
Course Details & Registration Information
For the Spring of 2022, we plan on offering online classes that require Microsoft Teams Meeting participation twice per week and hybrid classes that will have an onsite lab session in addition to online components. Participation in the Microsoft Teams Meetings and access to Moodle, the online interface for this course will require student's access to a laptop or desktop computer. A tablet or cell phone will not work for Moodle functions or much of the Microsoft Teams Meetings material. Details on these classes on the online meeting days / times can be found by clicking on the "Details" button for each class section.
Online registration may only work correctly with certain internet browsers. For best results when registering online, please use Google Chrome when registering online, especially if you have difficulties when first attempting to register online. Remember you must have attended an onsite information / placement test sessions and taken and passed the BioWork specific placement tests before you will be able to register for a BioWork course at Wake Technical Community College.
Industry-recognized credential: BioWork Process Technician Certificate
Complete in: 4 months or less
Biowork: Process Technician TrainingBTC-3200A73 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...
Biowork Program Basics
- Cost: $280 for Spring 2021 classes (including books) for online only class formats and $330 for hybrid class formats (including books).
- Duration of Course: 15-16 weeks, depending upon section chosen to attend (not including any winter break time)
- Section Options: For Spring of 2022 classes we currently plan of offering courses that will have all online content or hybrid format with onsite lab sessions.
- Location: Western Wake Campus (also online activities)
- Eight units of study designed by industry and directly related to biopharmaceutical technology
- Online lab exercises discussion for Fall of 2021
- Teamwork and problem solving activities
- 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
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 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 required. Entire information / placement test session takes about 4 hours.
- Pay tuition of $280 (includes the cost of books) for online only classes or $330 for hybrid classes that have a onsite lab component.
Only after taking and passing the placement tests will students be able to register for a BioWork class.
- Propel Scholarships may pay for entire cost of course for eligible students. Other scholarships in the amount of half of the course cost) may be available.
- 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
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 Scantron Process Technician Examination website. Applications for these exams are made directly through mail to Scantron.
|Process Technician State Certification Exam Schedule|
|We are now scheduling Process Technician State Exams. These will be run in a large room with limited size groups to meet with required COVID-19 social distancing. You must wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. You must furnish your own mask.|
Process Technician Exams to be scheduled at a later date - continue to monitor this website
Dr. Michael K. Morgan
Director, BioWork Program
For additional information about the BioWork Program at Wake Technical Community College please contact:
Dr. Michael K. Morgan
Director, BioWork Program