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Pipette Training Courses

We run CPD accredited Pipette Training Sessions that can be held at your premises or at our laboratory in Milton Keynes. 

Why is training important?

Training is important because quality systems such as ISO 15189 have requirements for qualifications, training and competence. This is particularly important with pipettes as the pipetting technique used, as well as their handling, storage and maintenance, can have a major impact on the continued accuracy and precision of the pipette.

Benefits of attending a course

  • Courses are held at a convenient time for you, at your own premises. No travelling required!
  • Our courses have been developed by liquid handling specialists who are experts in the field
  • Gain FOUR credit points towards your Institute of Biomedical Sciences for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Develop a deeper understanding of pipetting and confidence that your daily work is providing accurate results

INTRODUCTORY LEVEL

Specifically designed for those involved in everyday pipetting, such as lab techs, PhD students, scientific officers. Min. 4 / Max. 10 people per session:

  • Fundamentals of dispensing
  • Pipetting techniques
  • Forward and reverse pipetting
  • Physical influences on dispensed volume
  • Pipette ergonomics and general PhysioCare concepts including RSI
  • Understanding the importance of good pipetting techniques and the effects it can have on assays
  • Practical to support the key learning objectives

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Specifically designed for lab technicians, scientific officers and laboratory Managers.

Min. 4 / Max. 10 people per session:

  • Review of the fundamentals of dispensing
  • Cleaning and inspection of pipettes
  • Common pipette fault-finding issues
  • Demonstration of the effects that bad pipetting techniques can have on   assays and results
  • Performance / calibration check of a pipette
  • Understanding the equipment needed for accurate calibration checks
  • Understanding the terms 'Accuracy', 'Precision' and 'Uncertainty' in order to interpret the results of a calibration certificate
  • Practical to support the key learning objectives

ADVANCED LEVEL

Designed for lab managers and quality personnel. Min. 2 / Max. 4 people per session:

  • Overview of the fundamentals of dispensing
  • Why calibrate?
  • What calibration is, and what it is not
  • Performance / calibration check of pipettes
  • Specifications: Manufacturer's v ISO 8655 v internal SOP’s
  • ISO 17025 – UKAS
  • ISO 15189 – Medical Labs (UKAS / CPA)                
  • Calibration traceability
  • Expressions of uncertainty
  • How STARLAB and the use of our calibration software CaliStar ensures compliance 

How to book your training session

Contact your local STARLAB Account Manager to discuss your requirements and to book a convenient date for your course. If you do not require one of the CPD accredited courses above, we also run small-group sessions on pipette maintenance and pipetting techniques and ergonomics, or we can tailor a training course to your specific requirements.