Approved training courses

Course description

On behalf of the Association of Public Analysts Educational Trust, the Government Chemist Programme in LGC organises this annual week long course held at the University of Reading. The course aims, in a two year cycle, to touch on most of the syllabus for the Mastership in Chemical Analysis, the statutory qualification required to practice as a Public Analyst. The MChemA is awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry following a three part, (A, B and C) series of examinations. Holders of a recognised MSc are exempt from Part A. This is the only dedicated formal teaching available to candidates and is pitched at postgraduate level.

The course includes lectures on a variety of topics plus practical sessions on microscopy, microbiology and mycology. Delegates benefit from expert tuition by practicing MChemA holders, senior academics and practicing microbiologists as well as careful preparation by the University technical staff.

The list of topics for the 2016 course is:
•AQA and Measurement Uncertainty
•Materials & Articles in contact with food
•Food packaging contaminants
•Microbiology Practical
•Heat Treatment of food
•Plant Anatomy and microscopy
•Microscopy Practical
•Water quality
•Microbiology Theory
•Bottled Water
•Foreign Body Identification
•MChemA Exam Process
•MChemA Study Advice
•Chief Examiners Surgery
•FSA Topics
•Food Authenticity


Teaching is pitched at postgraduate level and prior experience in a Public Analyst laboratory or food industry laboratory would be beneficial.

Additional info

The course usually runs in April. Accommodation, breakfast, evening meals and lecture notes are provided. Lunch is not provided however there are several convenient outlets on campus to visit. Contact for more information.


University of Reading

Teaching method



United Kingdom




5 days


£1200.00 GBP (plus VAT)

Training provider

Association of Public Analysts Educational Trust



02890 968732

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