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This program has been incorporated into the Science Laboratory Technology program effective Fall 2020. Please visit the Science Laboratory Technology program webpage for further information

One-year advanced diploma

  • September entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions

This program provides hands-on practical skills in the concepts of quality (QA/QC) in a manufacturing environment that is controlled by good manufacturing practices, quality systems, and regulatory agencies.

Take this program if you have a diploma in science or a Bachelor of Science. You will be introduced to the following topics and concepts:

Quality Assurance (QA)

  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and associated guidelines for drugs, natural health products, cannabis and food
  • Good documentation Practices (GDP) and Data Integrity (DI)
  • Validation for equipment, methods, cleaning and process
  • Quality systems such as investigations, document management systems, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), change management system, recall management and inspection management
  • Food safety systems including hazard analysis critical control points and preventative control plans

Quality Control (QC)

  • Acceptance sampling methods
  • Testing of incoming materials and finished products according to industry standards
  • Operation of various laboratory equipment such as UV-Vis spectrophotometer, FTIR spectrophotometer, AAS spectrophotometer, GC and HPLC systems.
  • Basic Microbiology laboratory techniques
  • QC charts and data trending

Prior to starting the program, you will be invited to attend a program overview information session.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

Proof of completion of admission requirements is normally due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

Programs starting in Fall 2020 - due to the temporary closure of our campuses, proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying or July 15, 2020 (whichever is later) unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements. If you apply after July 15, the submission deadline is 5 days from date of application.

Program starting in January 2021 or later - submission of required documentation is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements. English language assessments, if applicable, are due within 30 days of applying. However, due to COVID-19 related closures, proof of successful completion of the following items is due 90 days after the service provider re-opens:

  • Academic Communication Assessment (ACA), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Readiness Assessment (AMERA), employment confirmation form, first aid course, physical fitness assessment, reading skills assessment (Degree of Reading Power - DRP), reference letters, student clinical practice form, and volunteer or employment/work experience forms

In-person submission of documents is currently not available, but the following options are available:

Upload Through Your Future Student Account (preferred method)

  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Maximum upload size is 5 MB.
  • Go to www.rrc.ca/apply and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.
  • Find the applicable Supplemental Item - click on Browse.
  • Find the file you saved and double click on it.
  • Click on Upload. You can upload more than one document to the same Supplemental Item.
  • Status should read 'Received'.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Student Service Centre
Red River College
D101–2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9

E-mail: register@rrc.ca

Fax: 204-697-0584

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Relevant Diploma or Degree
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in the final year of:
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
Duolingo English Test ()
Required minimum overall score is 115.

Due to closures related to COVID-19, RRC is temporarily allowing applicants to provide Duolingo English Test results to meet RRC's English language requirements.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
1Includes the cost for safety goggles and a lab coat

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-1180Resume Development and Interview Skills
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This course provides students with the skills to conduct a job search, outline transferable skills, develop a resume, and adapt a resume to a job specific search. Students will also learn about different interview approaches, and through role-play activities will be able to experience and practice the interview process.

MBIO-1001Applied Microbiology
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This course is an introductory course designed to provide students with the basics of microbiology which leads into specific areas important in the pharmaceutical and food industry. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental basics of microbiology such as microbial plating, isolation, identification of microbes using the microscope and basic environmental monitoring.

PHAR-1050Laboratory and Report Writing
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This course focuses on the writing skills required of students for success. The course assists students in gaining confidence and proficiency in keeping notes, laboratory books, reports and audit documentation.

PHAR-1051Analytical Instrumentation 1
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Students will learn instrumental methods of analysis used in a testing laboratory. This course focuses on the following: electrochemical (potentiometry, conductometry, potentiometric titration) and spectrophotometric (ultraviolet, visible, infrared spectroscopy and atomic absorption spectroscopy) analysis. Experiments are based on testing standards used in the industry and are designed to simulate real work environments.

PHAR-1052Quality Control Analysis 1
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Students will acquire the fundamentals of quality control analysis, and the principles of laboratory control and compliance for the pharmaceutical, natural health, food, and cannabis industries. This course covers basic laboratory operations, records and statistical methods of data analysis relevant to QC activities. Students also learn pharmacopoeia requirements for raw materials testing.

PHAR-1053Quality Assurance for Pharma and Food Quality Systems 1
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Quality Assurance (QA) for Pharma and Food Quality Systems 1 provides and in-depth review of Good Documentation Practices (GDP), Data Integrity (DI) and Quality Systems (QS) such as Document Management, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and Investigations. This course focuses on providing students with hands-on QA experience applying regulations (GMP) and utilizing Quality Systems to complete industry level Quality Assurance activities such as creating, reviewing, and revising Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for drugs and APIs and investigating nonconformances such as deviations, out of specification products, and customer complaints using root cause analysis and quality risk management tools to determine corrective and preventative actions.

PHAR-1054Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
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This course provides an in depth review of the relevant Acts, Regulations - Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and associated guidelines for Drugs (sterile and non-sterile), Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), Natural Health Products (NHP), Food and Cannabis. It is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals and application of regulation including personnel, training, qualification, sanitation, pest control, facilities, equipment, material control, manufacturing control, packaging/labeling control, shipping/receiving and storage.

PHAR-1055Applied Validation
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This course focuses on validation activities such as equipment qualification (DQ, IQ, OQ and PQ), cleaning validation, method validation, computer validation and process validation (non-sterile and sterile processes) to ensure consistency in processes, procedures, methods and products. This course provides hands on experience of validation activities such as protocol and report development, standard operating procedure writing, and change control assessment.

PHAR-1056Food Safety and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
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This course provides an in depth review of relevant Food Safety Systems with a focus on HACCP. It is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals and application of food safety and HACCP including hazard identification and analysis, determination of critical control points and associated limits, monitoring, verification and record keeping. Students will also obtain hands on experience applying GMP, HACCP, and Food Safety systems by creating a prerequisite program, developing a HACCP Plan, designing an allergen control plan, developing a food defense plan and utilizing sensory evaluation to determine product shelf life.

PHAR-1057Facilitating Workplace Training
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This course develops an understanding of train the trainer programs. Students will learn the basic principles of training design, instruction, assessment, and evaluation through hands on activities in individual and group training situations.

PHAR-1058Professional Development and Capstone Project
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This is a capstone project based course that provides students with an industry partnered project that presents an opportunity to practice team building, conflict resolution, and project management skills.

PHAR-2051Analytical Instrumentation 2
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This course covers the following topics: fundamentals of analytical separation, planar and column chromatography, gas and liquid chromatography, and capillary eletrophoresis. Students use computer software associated with the instrumentation. Experiments are based on testing procedures used in the industry and are designed to simulate real work environments.

PHAR-2052Quality Control Analysis 2
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In this course students learn essentials of sampling, testing of raw materials and finished products. Testing methods of solid dosage and liquid products for potency, impurities and performance quality are discussed in detail. Students become familiar with specific statistical tools used in trend analysis and laboratory investigations. Students expand their knowledge of process control, adjustment, and finished product testing.

PHAR-2053Quality Assurance for Pharma and Food Quality Systems 2
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Quality Assurance for Pharma and Food Quality Systems 2 provides an in-depth review of Quality Systems (QS) such as Change Management, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Recall Management, inspection/Audit Management, and Annual Product review. This course focuses on providing students with hands-on QA experiences applying regulations (GMP) and utilizing Quality Systems to complete industry level Quality Assurance activities. These include creating, reviewing, following and revising SOPs for Natural Health Products and Food including cannabis, creating and analyzing change control reports, conducting a recall from initiation to closure using a recall strategy, conducting an internal audit to identify areas of non-compliance and writing an audit report.

PROJ-1007Project Management Basics
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This course provides the fundamental aspects and principles of project management including life cycle, integration, planning, organization and communication. Students will learn about work breakdown structures, diagramming, and resource allocation. The course examines issues affecting project management including risk management, quality, conflict, and team building.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/studentcomputing for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Curtis Aab
Program Coordinator
e-mail: caab@rrc.ca

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.


Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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