Bioscience Core Skills Institute (BCSI) offers authentic and validated practical skills assessment on-site or at a third-party location.  In order to complete a skills assessment, customers will receive an inventory list of equipment needed for the assessment session (if any) and objectives by which the employees or students will be critiqued.  

BCSI uses a digital archiving software to maintain the credentials and display them to potential employers. Digital credential information can be accessed by clicking on a graphic image, linking information about the objectives and description of mastery achieved, and date of credential assessment.  Digital credentials can be displayed on platforms such as LinkedIn.  As the credentials are lines of code, they are portable to all electronic documents once awarded to the recipient. 

Once granted, the recipient will receive communication from BCSI updating them on newly developed credentials, partnerships with industry, and reminders to renew their credential after the date of expiration.  Renewal of credentials will be free for those who can show proof of practice or can be renewed with a reduced-cost, remote assessment. 


These five credentials are a stackable set ensuring that you are prepared for an entry-level position in the biotech industry. Our credentials are unique as we require a 3rd party evaluator to assess mastery of this skill in person before issuing this credential.


Lab safety is critical for a productive workplace.  Industry partners highlight safety as an essential first skill that new employees must demonstrate. The lab safety-hazard assessment credential is for those wanting to demonstrate mastery of basic lab safety principles including how to identify safety concerns in an SOP, MSDS, and in a lab environment.


Good documentation practice is an essential skill for technicians working in industry.  This credential demonstrates mastery in navigation of an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure), ability to identify critical errors in an SOP, and perform a task using an SOP while completing a batch record. Our in person assessment ensures earners of this credential have appropriate training in SOP and documentation.


This initial quantitative skills credential emphasizes skills used in making solutions, calculating dosage, and performing calculations given a standard equation.  The quantitative skills level 1 credential is for those wanting to demonstrate mastery of math skills needed in the laboratory.


Lab bench level aseptic technique emphasizes the preparation of a clean workspace, labelling, sterile transfer of liquids, and transfer of a microorganism from solid to liquid culture media.  Earners of this credential have aseptic technique knowledge and awareness of creating a clean lab bench.


Accurate transfer of small volumes is an essential skill in the laboratory.  This hands on assessment evaluates mastery of liquid transfer from 1 microliter to 25 milliliters.  Earners of this credential are able to accurately select the appropriate transfer instrument (micropipette or serological pipette), consistently transfer the appropriate volume, and demonstrate volume awareness in selecting container size.



Light microscopy is a foundational skill in the biological laboratory. This credential ensures mastery of specimen identification between 4x and 100x magnification in addition to safe and appropriate equipment handling.

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Determination of cell density is a necessary skill in working with cell cultures. Utilizing a hemocytometer to accurately and reliably determine concentration helps ensure cell cultures are maintained appropriately and efficiently.


Instrumentation credentials ensure that a new employee has the skills to properly operate, maintain, and troubleshoot common laboratory equipment.


Clean up of potentially hazardous spills and debris is an essential skill for laboratory employees.  This hands on assessment evaluates whether credential earners can contain spills,  clean up appropriately, and don appropriate PPE throughout.


Preparation of solutions requires the ability to follow an SOP, select appropriate tools and perform basic calculations.  Earners of this credential will be able to accurately and reliably prepare solutions needed in the laboratory.


Contact us if you are looking for a credential that is not listed.

  • Aseptic Technique (biosafety hood level)

  • Donning and Doffing PPE

  • Electrophoresis-DNA

  • Instrumentation:  Autoclave Operation and Maintenance

  • Micropipette Calibration and Maintenance

  • And more