Chemical Technology


Program Overview

Are you good at math and science? If you’re looking for a program that takes advantage of your strengths and can launch you into a good career in just two years, check out the Chemical Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Chemical technologists are involved in quality control testing, environmental analysis, product R&D and more. You could work in a variety of settings—industrial plants to commercial and government labs. The mining and resource sectors are big employers, but you’ll also find opportunities in agriculture, food, forestry, health and manufacturing.

Chemical Technology is a two-year diploma program offered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. You’ll get a well-rounded foundation in scientific principles and analytic practices—essential building blocks for a flexible career. You’ll build knowledge and skills in:

  • analytical instrumentation
  • basic, organic, physical, analytical and environmental chemistry
  • chemical plant operation and chemical engineering
  • handling and manipulating chemicals
  • laboratory quality control and assurance
  • recording, processing and reporting data

Learning is hands-on—you’ll spend almost as much time in labs as in the classroom. And you’ll apply what you’ve learned during a four-week industry training session.

Ladder into a Degree

Turn your Chemical Technology diploma into a university degree in just two years. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has transfer agreements with the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan. You can also transfer into programs at Athabasca University (Alberta), Memorial University (Newfoundland) and Royal Roads University (B.C.).

High Employment Rate

Because the program is designed with input from industry, your education matches real-world needs. And that’s why Saskatchewan Polytechnic Science graduates are so highly sought after by employers. A recent survey shows that six months after graduation, 9 out of 10 Chemical Technology graduates are employed in a training-related field.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Chemical technologists can choose from a variety of job possibilities. Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates are working as laboratory analysts, laboratory technologists, research technical assistants and sales managers.

The mining industry is a major employer, particularly potash and uranium mining companies, but also many smaller exploration companies and agriculture, oil and gas, chemical production, environmental protection, ethanol production, food research, occupational health and pulp and paper industries. Look for jobs in commercial, industrial or government laboratories, or for positions in chemical product sales.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Chemical TechnologistChemical Technologists and Technicians (2211)$30,900 - $93,300
Laboratory Technologist/TechnicianChemical Technologists and Technicians (2211)$30,900 - $93,300
Quality Control/Assurance Technologist/TechnicianChemical Technologists and Technicians (2211)$30,900 - $93,300

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 72 weeks: 

Year 1 - 36 weeks; Year 2 - 36 weeks


  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum 60% in each of the following subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Chemistry 30 and Pre-Calculus 30*
  • English Language Requirement


  • Accepted applicants may be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check prior to entering the practicum component of the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum of 60% in a 30-level math

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 80 Arithmetic
  • 80 Elementary Algebra
  • 85 Reading
  • 85 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.


Year 1 - $6,600
Year 2 - $7,150

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  • Each semester consists of major and minor subjects.
  • Full-time students must take all courses listed plus any other courses deemed necessary.
  • Applicants from industry are eligible to take any semester or part of any semester if they can demonstrate adequate background knowledge (this may require an entrance examination).

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships


Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB)

The Chemical Technology diploma program is accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). This opens the door to professional certification as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.). And that means greater career credibility, mobility and earning power. Learn more at

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