Laboratory Analyst Level 7 Apprenticeship

Three year programme - Laboratory Analyst Level 7 apprenticeship:

Job profile:
The Apprentice will be responsible for carrying out basic laboratory duties that may include sample collection, equipment calibration, solution preparation, stock control and glassware maintenance while conducting both basic and advanced analytical testing methods (e.g. chromatography, water and microbiological testing) on raw materials, in-process or finished product. In addition, the Apprentice will gain more working exposure to various Quality Systems. All work to be conducted and recorded in accordance with good laboratory practices.

Who is this programme for:
School leavers, career changers, mature students, those returning to work, those looking to retrain/upskill.

The next intake of apprentices is in September 2024 in Technological University Dublin, South East Technological University Waterford, and Munster Technological University Cork. Please contact to register your interest for the 2024 intake.

Entry Requirements

Pass (Grade 06 or better) in five leaving certificate subjects, two of which must be maths and a science subject.

  • 250 CAO points or
  • Relevant FETAC Level 5 or 6 graduate
  • Current employee with relevant experience and qualifications
  • Career changers

You will be deemed overqualified for the programme if you hold a degree or higher award in a science based subject achieved in the last five years.

Before enrolment on the apprenticeship program, the apprentice must have:

  • An industry interview
  • SOLAS apprentice approval (Only necessary if you are offered a role, we can support throughout this process)


Year 1

Critical Skills Development
Good Manufacturing Practice
Introduction to Microbiology & Biotechnology
Laboratory Safety
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Computer Systems
Laboratory Quality Systems
Calibration Sciences
Work Place Based Learning

Year 2

Stability and Sample Analysis
Microbiology and Environmental Monitoring
Instrumentation (Theory & Practical)
Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
Lean Labs
Chemistry 2
Analytical Lab Skills
Work Place Based Learning

Year 3

Technical Writing
Statistics and Analysis
Quality Assurance Systems
Analytical Chemistry
GMP and Data Integrity
Case Studies and Problem Based  Learning
Analytical Lab Skills
Work Place Based Learning