BioWork Process Technician

BioWork is a 136-hour, non-credit certificate course that can lead to an entry-level position as a process technician. The certificate provides course credit that can be put toward an associate degree in Biotechnology or Biopharmaceutical.

BioWork is intended for high school graduates and those who want to pursue a career in the biopharmaceutical industry. Those already in the industry can earn continuing education units (CEUs) for the course.

Financial assistance available

You may qualify for a scholarship through the WakeWorks Propel program.

"Of all the teachers and courses I've taken, I would say that BioWork 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

Entry into the BioWork program

You must have a high school diploma, equivalency or some form of post-secondary education. If you don't have any of those, you must take math and reading placement tests at Wake Tech for entry. You also must complete the online BioWork information session.

Questions? Email the program at [email protected].

Course details and registration information

For Fall 2022, we plan on offering multiple class formats: in-person, online and hybrid, day and evening. Participation in online classes through Microsoft Teams meetings and access to Moodle, the online interface for this course, will require a student's access to a laptop or desktop computer. A tablet or cellphone will not work for Moodle functions or much of the Microsoft Teams meetings material. Details on these classes on the online meeting days and times can be found by clicking on the "Details" button for each class section.

Online registration may work correctly only with certain internet browsers. For best results when registering online, please use Google Chrome, especially if you have difficulties when first attempting to register. You also may need to clear your cache or browsing history if the registration doesn't get past "processing."

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 Career Pathways Program & Student Resources.

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Biowork program basics

  • Cost: For Summer and Fall 2022, $280 online-only class formats and $330 for in-person and hybrid class formats. The figures include the cost of books.
  • Duration of course: 16-17 weeks, depending upon the section chosen to attend
  • Location: Western Wake Campus or RTP Campus (also online activities)

Program highlights

  • Eight units of study designed by industry and directly related to biopharmaceutical technology
  • 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

Scholarship opportunities

  • 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, contact Career Pathways Program & Student Resources. 

State certification exam

Wake Tech offers the State Certification Exam for Process Technicians for students who have completed and passed the BioWork program. The exam is voluntary and costs $75.

The test is administered by Scantron; only students that have a BioWork certificate and provide a photocopy to Scantron will receive scores from Scantron. For more information and an application, visit the Scantron Process Technician Examination website. Applications for these exams are made directly through mail to Scantron.