BioWork Certification & Advanced Biomanufacturing Training Programs

BioworkBioWork Certificate Program

Students who complete this 136 hour BioWork Certificate course will gain the basic skills and general knowledge needed for entry-level process technicians in  Bioprocessing, Pharmaceutical, and Chemical Manufacturing, as well as, participate in the Human Resource Development aspect of the course. The course includes nine (9) modules such as Quality, Measurements, Transforming Matter, Growing Living Cells, Safety, Sterile Processes, Process Control, and Nuts and Bolts. There are exams at the end of each module. Additionally, this course will cover all aspects of the job search in the Biotechnology arena, including a job  market overview, job search tools and strategies, resume preparation, and interviewing practice. Computer literacy, teamwork, time management, and problem solving are also incorporated in the course. To gain admission to the BioWork  course, each student must show proficiency in reading and math skills, as indicated by the TABE test. In addition, interested students must attend one of the regularly scheduled Information Sessions at the Workforce Development Center. The course has limited space. Books are BioWork Volume I & II (set), and are available at the JCC Bookstore.

**You must have attended an information session within the last 12 months and taken the placement test BEFORE registering for class.**

  • Space in each class is LIMITED! Registration is on a first come, first served basis. No spots can be held.
  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • Summer Registration BEGINS Tuesday, April 4 at 8:00 am at the Workforce Development Center, Clayton.
  • You will need to bring the $180 registration fee as EXACT cash, check, credit card or voucher to register in person.
  • Registration and classes are held at WDC.
  • Registration will continue until all classes are full
  • Books are purchased at the JCC Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Summer 2017 Schedule

  • Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday ~ May 22-August 10 - 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
  • Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday ~ May 22-August 10 - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    HOLIDAYS: May 29 and July 4

Individual BioWork Unit Classes

BioWork individual units are offered throughout the year in order for students who may have missed units during a regular BioWork offering or for Biotech Industry professionals taking units periodically to complete their certificate. Please call (919) 209-2591 for available offerings.


Advanced Biomanufacturing Training Program

This is the next in succession to BioWork. With advanced training, you will be a step above others in knowledge level of biomanufacturing and increase your hiring potential!  This course offers 3 certifications, including the North Carolina state examination in biomanufacturing and test-prep course. Currently, JCC is the only college that offers this combination course. The course has limited space - 12 seats per class. Spaces are filled on a first come first serve basis.

**You must have attended an information session within the last 12 months and successfully COMPLETED the BioWork Certificate Program before registering for this class. Please bring a copy of the certificate of completion to registration.**

** Current BioWork students must wait until the last day of class or when their BioWork certificate is earned to register. There will be no 'early' registration for current BioWork students.**

  • Space in each class is LIMITED!
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis. No spots can be held.
  • Summer Registration BEGINS Tuesday, April 4 at 8:00 am at the Workforce Development Center, Clayton.
  • You will need to bring the $180 registration fee as EXACT cash, check, credit card or voucher to register in person. Payment is DUE at time of registration.
  • Registration and classes are held at WDC.
  • Registration will continue until all classes are full
  • Books are purchased at the JCC Barnes & Noble Bookstore


    Summer 2017 Schedule

  • Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday ~ May 22 - August 10 - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    HOLIDAYS: May 29 and July 4
    Additional Classes: Thursdays: June 1, July 6 & August 10
    State Exam ($55 to be paid later): August 10

Included within the Advanced Biomanufacturing Training Program are the following:

Advanced Bioprocessing Certificate (ABC)
Students who complete all 6 modules of this advanced certificate will gain knowledge in advanced Bioprocessing practices, including safety in Biomanufacturing environments, advanced quality systems, applied chemical processes, monitoring process variables in Biomanufacturing, applied sterile processing, and applied cell culture. This course has been customized for current industry needs. Advanced Bioprocessing Certificate will allow students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge needed for advanced process technician positions in Bioprocessing, Pharmaceutical, and Chemical Manufacturing.

Aseptic Training Certificate
This training course prepares individuals to work as process technicians in aseptic pharmaceutical, Biomanufacturing and chemical manufacturing environments.  The course encompasses gowning for aseptic environments, environmental monitoring, and product fill line operations.  Students receive much hands-on application training and become comfortable with the heart of biomanufacturing production.

Process Technician State Exam Review Course
This review course provides extensive review before taking the North Carolina state examination in Biomanufacturing, a growing requirement trend for industries.  Students will be able to take the state exam in the class.

Process Technician State Exam - EXAM FEE: $55
Students who complete the BioWork Certificate Program are eligible to take the Process Technician State Exam. All previous BioWork students are encouraged to complete this state certification.
Please call (919) 209-2572 to register for the exam. You must be able to provide a BioWork certificate to verify that you have completed the course.  Exam Fee: $55