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.


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

2022 BioWork information sessions

Entry into the BioWork program
You must complete the online BioWork information session, attend an onsite BioWork information session and pass a series of free placement tests before entering the BioWork program. All prospective BioWork students at Wake Tech 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, which take approximately three hours to complete.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of the session. Face masks are optional, but we still have room occupancy limits, so reservations are required. Anyone showing up without a reservation will not be allowed to attend.

To reserve a spot, email the program director at [email protected] and include your full legal name, a phone number where you can be reached and your email address and state which information session you want to attend.

Sending the email does not guarantee a space in the information session. They will be handled in the order they are received until the session is filled. Those whose reservations are confirmed will receive an email providing specific instructions about the session.

Upcoming information sessions (including placement testing) for BioWork courses

  • Additional BioWork information/placement sessions will be listed soon. Please email [email protected] for more information until this website is updated.

Questions? Email the program at [email protected].

Course details and registration information

For Summer 2022, we plan on offering one online class that requires Microsoft Teams meeting participation once per week in addition to other online components. Participation in the 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. This one online-only class will likely start in late May and will have its weekly Microsoft Teams meeting on Tuesday evening. Additional details on this class will be posted before the end of March.

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. Remember, you must have attended an onsite information/placement test session and passed the BioWork-specific placement tests before you will be able to register for a BioWork course at Wake Tech.

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: $280 for Summer 2022 classes for online-only class formats and $330 for 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

Registration requirements

Before you can register for BioWork, you must:

  • Hold a high school diploma or GED
  • Attend an information session. Sessions take about three hours, and reservations are required.
  • Pass placement tests in reading and math. Placement testing occurs at the beginning of each information session and takes about two hours. Testing is free, but reservations are required.
  • Pay tuition of $280 for online-only classes or $330 for hybrid classes that have a onsite lab component

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

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.

Upcoming BioWork state process technician examination

  • After new BioWork State Process Technician examinations are scheduled, they will be listed here.  Please visit the Scantron Process Technician Exanimation website for listings of all Process Technician Exams in the area.

A maximum of 25 students will be allowed in the testing room to meet required COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Effective February 25, 2022, the use of masks for students and staff is optional. But this policy is subject to change before the test date, dependent on COVID-19 conditions. You should bring your own mask to prepare for this contingency.

For additional information about the BioWork Program at Wake Tech, please contact the program director at [email protected].