So, how is your new years resolution progressing? Did you decide at the beginning of 2014 that you will try to improve your skills or competency in order to carry out your job duties this year more effectively?
Then why not check out some of these courses from the National Science learning Center!!

Experienced Technicians Programme: Vocational Science (NY608)

This course has been designed for technicians to reflect, research and learn how to disseminate information and strategies to improve practical work. The course enables technicians to further develop their scientific skills in the areas of practical ideas, forensics, medicine, industrial processes, agriculture and animal care.


Experienced Technicians Programme: Chemistry (NY605)

This three-day course will examine and explore: micro practicals; analytical techniques including chromatography; spectrometry and colorimetry; reactions; polymers; diffusion; electrolysis; distillations; titrations; and demonstrations


Senior Technicians Accredited Co-Leaders in Science (NY600)

This accredited course is for senior technicians, or those aspiring to the role, who are responsible for managing technical services within their science department. Participants will develop strategies and ideas for leading and running a science department technical service.


Teacher and Science Support Staff Recognition Awards (Blog) (Some net Nannys may block this link)

Becca Knowles, head of STEM CPD at Myscience, writes about the benefits of the new Science Teacher and Support staff Recognition Scheme and how to enter.

Tweet this: #STEMcpd


CLEAPSS have released the guides available from their recent 2013 ASE Conference which accompany and explain the practicals and hands-on making sections.

Please note all of these documents are in a 'draft' stage, so if you are unsure about anything, please contact them directly for more help or information

  • The new Spring CLEAPSS Bulletin is now available to download or read from the website

Welcome to the TecHKnow Community website. TecHKnow is a FREE resource aimed specifically at supporting Science and D/T technicians who work in School Science within the United Kingdom.

We are always on the look out for topical and interesting news articles to be included here on our front page area. Are you interested in writing a news article for us yourself? Maybe you can help us bring to the attention of technician colleagues interesting news items that appear elsewhere. Simply check through any recent news article that have appeared on our front page news area to learn about the types of articles and our style of presentation.

If you can help then please contact us either directly via our website email address which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you are already a TecHKnow registered member, you can simply send us a private Message to TecHKnow. With the ASE Conference the topic of news at this time, maybe you can write a review about your experience. Good luck.


CLEAPSS is pleased to announce that the first batch of its new CLP Hazcards are now live. See here for more information

The CLEAPSS Hazcards give information for teachers and technicians about hazards with chemicals in school science. They include all the changes that had been made in previous editions and all their amendments.  It has taken alot of hard work from the good folk at CLEAPSS to put this valuable resource together. You can now download a complete set of the new CLEAPSS Hazcards in one PDF file. This makes printing off a complete set easy, and also allows you to download them to mobile devices, like iPads, Laptops, and Phones for use when not online (although keep an eye out for any updates).


The new batch of new CLP Hazcards are now live ! - In this new batch CLEAPSS have launched the following CLP Hazcards: 6, 10A, 27C, 38A, 47A, 50, 67, 72, 87, 98A

Along with this you will need to read our new guide to the CLP Hazcards GL 120 and the new Index to CLP Hazcards GL 121.

Please click here for more information or follow the below link to the new document :-

Want to keep up to date with all new and updated documents we have on the website? Then view their What's New section.


Merry Christmas from TecHKnowAs we all wind down for the end of term and start to focus on the Christmas and New Year Holidays, I want to take this opportunity to thank many people. First of all, a big Thank you to several colleagues who have very kindly made voluntary donations to the TecHKnow Website throughout the year. I can personally assure you that every penny received has gone into the payment of the monthly bills and also towards updating the website during the summer time.

Secondly, I want to thank Mr. David Ferguson, Baldilocks, Dampsquib and Marionofsuburton,  for the kind help and assistance they have provided to both myself and “theotherseamus” throughout the year as part of their role as moderators. Without this help it would be close to impossible to manage the website. Lady and Gentlemen stand up, take a round of applause – you are brilliant!!!

We are a victim of our own success. Or so our web host provider has been regularly telling us. The large number of technician colleagues, in conjunction with the popularity of the TecHKnow website, means that we may have to decide during the year 2014 to move to a bigger web host environment. That is a cost that I am happy to make because I personally believe it is worth it.

However, for the present that is not our most immediate concern. So our third and final thank you goes to each and every single one of you, our valued members for your loyalty and support throughout 2013. When we began back in May 2004, I never for one single minute believed that we would be so successful.  

I hope that you have an enjoyable Christmas. Chill out, have fun, relax, bond with family and friends. I also want to take this early opportunity to wish you a peaceful new year.

Unfortunately, TecHKnow cannot easily take a holiday and we will be here throughout the Christmas and New Year period. How sad can that be? However, if you get sick and tired of Turkey Sandwiches, bored to tears with whatever is on the telly, if the weather happens to be unkind or perhaps the Kids are driving you bonkers and you are looking for somewhere to escape, I can suggest quite a few places were to go. None of these involve sitting in front of your computer browsing through the TecHKnow website unless you happen to be setting up that brand new computer, laptop or Ipad that Santa brought you this year.

Finally, a little bit of self promotion.  You can catch me on my cities Internet radio station every Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5pm and Sunday from 3pm to 6 with my local Radio Show. Go to
Why not send me a request via our station face book page which is NCR NEWRY and I will be happy to say Hi to you over the air waves.

We here at TecHKnow look forward to serving your professional needs during 2014.

There's not much time left to enter this year's Science Technician of the Year award. the closing date is Wednesday 18th December

If you - or someone you work with - is an awesome Science Technician why not seek a bit of recognition? Enter the Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Competition and you  could walk away with some  fantastic prizes:

Click here for more information and to download an entry form. It's as easy as that!

Information on controlling substances that are hazardous to the health of workers has been updated to help businesses comply with legal requirements. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised its Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) to clarify and simplify practical advice to help dutyholders comply with the requirements of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

Contained within an updated document, the revised guidance is aimed at management, supervisory staff, safety representatives and technical specialists (e.g. occupational hygienists, consultants etc). CLEAPSS normally are the information and advisory service for School Science and any changes which directly affect science and technology technicians, will be communicated via their future  bulletins, website or training programs. So technicians should always refer to one or more of these information resources if in doubt.

The revisions reflect other ongoing reviews of technical guidance associated with COSHH, e.g. for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV); and on Health Surveillance, and clarify specialist terminology wherever possible. The changes follow a period of public consultation and HSE Board and ministerial approval..

You can download the new ACOP from HERE

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