- Program can be completed in less than one year
- Learn about the types of career opportunities in the field of biotechnology
- Develop skills and competencies to work as a biomanufacturing technician
- Recognized by industry leader BIOCOM California Institute
- Digital badges awarded to showcase knowledge and skills (see below)
Professional Development Course
Please note: This program will start on January 10, 2023. Register now for a free info session!
Biomanufacturing technicians work in medical and industrial settings such as the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and other materials. Biomanufacturing technicians utilize their knowledge of standard practices and operating procedures as well as critical thinking, good communication, and teamwork. Job growth of up to 7% is projected in this field between 2020 and 2030, with median annual salaries between $48,140 and $97,410 in 2021.*
To address the need for biomanufacturing technicians in Southern California, a consortium was formed, comprised of three California State University campuses (Fullerton, Los Angeles, and Long Beach) and BIOCOM California Institute, which provides workforce development tools and courses for over 1,500 member companies in California. This consortium created the Biomanufacturing Technician program in response to the industry’s need for workers in the regional labor market.
The program is designed to prepare participants for entry-level positions in the biomanufacturing, biotechnology, and biopharmaceutical industries. Comprised of three 40-hour courses, participants will learn the theory and gain experience for biomanufacturing including state-of-the-art techniques, instrumentation, research, and process development. Students will gain an understanding of biomanufacturing practices, current guidelines, industry quality standards, regulatory compliances, cleaning and sanitizing of equipment, and emerging applications for science and technology.
Upon successful completion of the 120-hour program, students will receive digital badges for each of the three courses as well as a digital badge for the full program endorsed by the BIOCOM California Institute.
* According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook - Biological Technician and Bioengineer/Biomedical Engineer
Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to receive a Digital Badge from CSULB’s College of Professional and Continuing Education. Each Digital Badge is embedded with a link to secure and specific information confirming that the participant has obtained the necessary skills and competencies as described in the program. The badge also includes the participant’s name, the course title, and date of completion. Badges are shareable and can be uploaded to CVs, resumes, social media profiles, or other digital platforms. Click here to learn more about Digital Badges.
- Those seeking entry-level job opportunities in biomanufacturing
- Those seeking to advance in new opportunities
- Those seeking to transition to careers in biotechnology
- Students with a background in science but no degree, including high school graduates from Career Technical Education programs or community college students who have already earned some units
- Recent science graduates who want to learn about biotechnology in order to fill experience requirements for entry-level job opportunities
- Veterans interested in gaining medical and science experience to enter a field with growth and excellent salary potential.
- Meet attendance and/or participation requirements
- Pass all quizzes with a score of 75% or better
- Complete all other assignments by due dates