Lab Management Certificate
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Lab Management Certificate

Welcome to Lab Manager Academy's Lab Management Certificate, a comprehensive program designed to empower learners in navigating the intricacies of laboratory operations, from regulatory compliance to operational efficiency. This certificate consists of four streams: How to Improve Lab Management, How to Manage Lab Staff, How to Improve Lab Operations, and How to Be a Better Lab Leader. Each stream is crafted to enhance specific skills crucial for successful lab management.

Who is this certificate for?

Whether you're an aspiring lab manager or a seasoned professional, this certificate is tailored to individuals looking to enhance their laboratory management skills. Lab managers, decision-makers, and those aspiring to excel in lab management roles will find valuable knowledge and tools within this program.

What are the benefits of this certificate?

By completing the Lab Management Certificate, you'll gain:

  • Comprehensive Expertise: Acquire in-depth knowledge of lab operations, regulatory compliance, and leadership skills.
  • Strategic Decision-Making: Develop skills in data-driven decision-making, effective change management, and negotiation for win/win outcomes.
  • Effective Leadership Foundation: Establish a strong leadership foundation, covering recruitment, onboarding, performance management, and succession planning.
  • Quality and Safety Management: Learn the fundamentals of lab quality programs, safety management, and efficient asset management.
  • Professional Recognition: Earn a valuable IACET accredited-credential, demonstrating your commitment to excellence and proficiency in lab management

What do I get out of completing this certificate program?

Upon completion, you'll not only possess a valuable credential but also gain practical skills that can be immediately applied in your role. The knowledge gained from this program will empower you to lead confidently, make informed decisions, and elevate your skills to new heights. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Lab Manager Academy offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.

How long do the courses take to complete?

Each course is designed to be completed in approximately 60 minutes, allowing busy professionals to efficiently integrate learning into their schedules. The entire 20-course Lab Management Certificate can be achieved in just 20 hours.

What is the format of the courses?

The courses are entirely online, providing the flexibility to be completed anywhere, anytime. The concise 60-minute duration of each course ensures that busy professionals can efficiently integrate learning into their schedules.

Who is the Instructor?

Meet Scott Hanton, PhD, the instructor for this program. Scott is the editorial director at Lab Manager and the leader of the Lab Manager Academy. He spent 30 years working in industrial chemistry labs, with 20 years as a lab manager. He had roles of general manager, laboratory operations manager, and chief scientist for Intertek Allentown. Previously, he held the positions of research scientist, laboratory supervisor, and section manager at Air Products & Chemicals. Through these different roles, Scott developed expertise in polymer mass spectrometry, analytical characterization, people leadership, and business management. He earned a BS in Chemistry from Michigan State University and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scott is an active member of ACS, ASMS, and ALMA.

What is Lab Manager Academy?

Lab Manager Academy provides a wide array of courses for lab managers and safety managers, offering essential knowledge and training on a variety of topics. In our online curriculum, you can choose individual courses, opt for stream-level credentials, or pursue a full certificate program to enhance your leadership and safety management skills. Whether you're already a lab manager, safety officer, or technician—or you're aspiring to be one—our certificate programs will empower you to manage safer, more secure, and highly productive laboratory environments. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Lab Manager Academy ensures that its learning events comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard, guaranteeing a standard of excellence.

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Curriculum content

  • Managing a lab is a big responsibility. It requires a significant amount of leadership knowledge and skill. This course will provide a broad introduction to the many leadership skills required of lab managers that they are rarely taught and have to learn through trial and error. Taking this course will enable the lab manager to better recognize which leadership skills are needed and have a firm foundation to apply those skills with confidence.  Learning Objectives: Explain the importance of leadership, Identify foundational leadership skills, Integrate positive leadership traits into your lab management style, Design strategies for improved relationships.
    • Lesson Lab Leadership Basics

  • Clearly defining what is expected of staff is critical to success. Lab managers need to know how to clearly define both the roles and responsibilities and the key objectives for each member of staff. Taking this course will enable the lab manager to select the most important aspects of a staff member’s position, develop effective roles and objectives documents, and identify and integrate SMARTER objectives into individual goals. Learning Outcomes: Learn the importance of developing effective roles and responsibility, and objectives documents, Select the most important aspects of the position, Identify and integrate SMARTER objectives, Create effective documents for staff.
  • Providing staff with clear performance feedback, and helping them grow and develop is critical to the lab’s success. Addressing staff performance is a key role for all supervisors. Taking this course will enable the lab manager to design and create effective performance review conversations, determine key strengths of staff members, and create appropriate development plans to grow high performance and repair poor performance. Learning Outcomes: Improve performance with conversations, Generate effective performance reviews that include accomplishments, development, and a core message, Develop staff through their strengths, Provide paths to promotions through development plans, Meet expectations with performance improvement plans.
  • Having a talented staff drives all of the success for any lab. Lab managers need to know how to differentiate candidates, conduct effective interviews, onboard new hires efficiently, and provide ongoing training. Taking this course will enable the lab manager to read resumes with greater confidence, conduct meaningful interviews, build an effective onboarding process, and develop training plans that make the best use of budget and resources. Learning Outcomes: Recognize that technical skill is less important than attitude, Identify important traits in candidates, Recognize effective ways to structure interview questions, Summarize the components of an effective onboarding plan, Describe the components of an effective training plan.
  • Determining and preserving the right mix of skills and expertise is vital for the success of the lab. Lab managers need to know how to conduct an effective analysis of the skills and expertise needed for the lab. The skills analysis will also drive investment, training, and hiring decisions. Succession planning is required to plan role and position changes as the staff evolves and changes. Learning Outcomes: Characterize skill levels, Current state skills analysis, Generate a key knowledge retention analysis, Determine the best future investments, Create an effective succession plan.
  • Instructor: Scott Hanton Are you ready to navigate the winds of change in your lab with finesse and confidence? Introducing our dynamic online course on Change Management, led by seasoned expert Scott Hanton. In today's fast-paced world, change is not just inevitable; it's essential for growth and innovation. However, guiding your team through transitions can be a daunting task. Fear not! This course equips lab managers with the essential tools and strategies to lead successful change initiatives. What is this course about? Change is a constant in every lab environment. Some changes are smooth sailing, while others encounter choppy waters. In this course, you'll delve into the heart of effective change management. From crafting a compelling vision of the future to executing a strategic plan and fostering a culture of continuous improvement, you'll gain invaluable insights to steer your lab towards success. Scott Hanton, your trusted instructor, brings years of practical experience to the table, ensuring that you receive top-notch guidance every step of the way. What are the benefits of this course? Identify Change Challenges: Pinpoint the hurdles and complexities inherent in change processes. Implement Effective Change Strategies: Master a proven framework to seamlessly integrate change into your lab's operations. Craft Compelling Communication: Learn to communicate change initiatives with clarity and persuasion. Analyze Change Failure: Understand the root causes of unsuccessful change efforts and how to mitigate them. Spot the Right Changes: Develop the acumen to discern and prioritize impactful changes for your lab's success. What are the learning outcomes of this course? Identify the difficulties of change, Integrate an effective change management process, Create effective communication, Determine the reasons why many change efforts fail, Recognize ways to identify the right changes. Don't let change be a stumbling block; turn it into your lab's greatest asset. Enroll now and take the first step towards mastering change management!
  • Lab managers need to make a wide variety of decisions. Many of these decisions can be significantly improved by following a data-driven decision-making process. Using data in decisions will help make better decisions, be more objective, and enable more clear communication about the decisions. Learning Outcomes: Identify the importance of data, Make use of different kinds of data, Know where lab data is located, Integrate data in decision-making.
  • Lab managers must make a wide variety of decisions. Some decisions are easy, but some decisions can be very difficult. Making difficult decisions requires a disciplined approach, benefits greatly from using the data available, and can be more effective when tackled as a team. This course is intended to provide a series of tips and advice to demonstrate an approach to making decisions, especially difficult ones. It will include some examples that show how the lab manager can approach these difficult decisions and include a few activities to help build skill and practice these approaches. Learning Outcomes: Summarize the importance of decision-making, Identify who will be involved in making decisions, Explain the importance of using data, Design follow through activities, Recognize the impact of decision fatigue.
  • Networking is the ability to cultivate a wide range of people that you can help, and who will help you. Networking is not a luxury—it is a vital skill for lab managers to develop and use. Influence is the ability to get work done through people over whom you have no authority. It is driven by trust and dependability. Influence is also a vital skill required to get work done across teams and organizations. Learning Outcomes: Identify the value of networking, Cultivate relationships needed for your network, Learn how to meet new people and add them to your network, Understand the benefits of influence and identify ways to build and grow influence, Use influence on behalf of the lab.
  • Lab managers need to make a wide range of decisions on many different topics. Some of these decisions will need to be negotiated with staff, customers, and vendors. To build strong, long-term relationships, both sides will need to seek to understand the real needs of the other and negotiate for a win/win outcome. Learning Outcomes: Understand the fundamentals of negotiating and the benefits of negotiating for win/win outcomes, Identify ways to seek and understand needs, Explain actions that help negotiating win/win outcomes, Illustrate ways to break a deadlock during a negotiation, List ways to recognize adversarial negotiating techniques.
  • Instructor: Scott Hanton Are you ready to take your lab management skills to the next level? In today's competitive landscape, effective advocacy for your lab is not just an option—it's a necessity. Join us in our dynamic online course, Effectively Advocating for the Lab , led by industry expert Scott Hanton. What is this course about? In this comprehensive course, you'll delve into the crucial role of advocating for your lab's needs. As a lab manager, you'll learn the art of prioritization, strategic communication, and influencing key decision-makers. From planning effective strategies to navigating the approval process, this course equips you with the essential skills to drive success for your lab. What are the benefits of this course? Build Strategic Plans: Learn how to prioritize lab needs, strategize communication, and craft winning advocacy plans that resonate with decision-makers. Navigate the Approval Process: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the approval process and uncover effective strategies to navigate it like a pro, ensuring your proposals gain the traction they deserve. Master Business Case Writing: Hone your skills in crafting compelling, two-part business cases that articulate the value proposition of your lab initiatives with precision and persuasion. Build Trust and Influence: Discover invaluable techniques to cultivate trust and credibility, essential for gaining the buy-in and support of key stakeholders. What are the learning outcomes of this course? Build strategic plans for approval and evaluate alternative approaches. Gain a deep understanding of the approval process and its intricacies. Navigate the approval process with finesse and influence decision-makers effectively. Master the art of crafting a compelling two-part business case. Learn diverse strategies to build trust, a cornerstone of gaining approval. With years of industry experience, Scott Hanton brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to guide you through this transformative learning journey. His insights will empower you to become a persuasive advocate for your lab, driving impactful change and achieving remarkable results. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your lab management skills and become a force for positive transformation. Enroll now and unleash your potential to effectively advocate for the lab!
  • Instructor : Scott Hanton Unlock the secrets to maximizing your lab's potential with our comprehensive Asset Management course! Led by industry expert Scott Hanton, this course is designed to empower lab managers and professionals with the knowledge and skills to strategically invest, utilize, and safeguard assets for optimal performance. What is this course about? In the dynamic realm of laboratories, assets are the key ingredients for creating value. Your most crucial asset? The talented individuals driving your lab forward. Navigating through the myriad of assets, lab managers must make strategic decisions to balance investments, align with budgets, and deliver exceptional technical value. This course dives into the intricacies of asset management, offering insights into various alternatives for obtaining, maintaining, and optimizing lab assets. What are the benefits of this course? Explore Lab Assets: Gain a deep understanding of the diverse range of assets within a lab setting, with real-world examples. Capital Purchase Mastery: Navigate the steps involved in making strategic capital purchases that align with your lab's goals. Optimal Acquisition Strategies: Discover alternatives for obtaining new instruments and equipment, ensuring high-value choices that suit your lab's unique needs. Maintenance Excellence: Learn the art of delivering effective repair and maintenance to existing instruments and equipment, maximizing their lifespan and performance. Sustainable Asset Lifecycle: Identify alternatives beyond disposal for instruments that are no longer needed in the lab, contributing to sustainability goals. What are the learning outcomes of this course? Provide examples of the different kinds of assets available in the lab, Determine the steps involved in a capital purchase, Determine the alternatives that exist to obtain new instruments and equipment, Discover the alternatives to deliver repair and maintenance to existing instruments and equipment, Identify alternatives besides the trash for instruments that are no longer needed in the lab. Join Scott Hanton on a journey to transform your lab management skills.  Enroll now and equip yourself with the expertise to elevate your lab's efficiency, innovation, and overall success!
  • Instructor: Scott Hanton Are you ready to supercharge your lab's performance and propel your organization forward? Join us in this dynamic online course led by industry expert Scott Hanton, where you'll delve into the essential strategies for harnessing metrics to drive productivity and success. What is this course about? In this dynamic online course, you'll gain invaluable insights into building effective metrics that drive success. From setting precise goals to understanding performance against targets, Scott will guide you through the process of creating balanced metrics that reinforce one another, ultimately leading to enhanced work processes, stakeholder satisfaction, and organizational growth. What are the benefits of this course? Master Lab Productivity Basics: Gain a comprehensive understanding of what drives lab productivity and how to measure it effectively. Harness Balanced Metrics: Discover the power of balanced metrics and how they can propel your lab towards success. Select Strategic Metrics: Learn to select and prioritize metrics that align with your lab's goals and objectives. Evaluate Metric Impact: Understand how different metrics influence your lab's performance and make informed decisions accordingly. Drive Continuous Improvement: Explore actionable strategies to enhance lab performance and achieve sustainable growth. What are the learning outcomes of this course? Identify the basics of lab productivity, Understand the importance of balancing metrics, Select metrics that matter most to the performance of the lab, Judge how different metrics can impact the performance of the lab, Reflect on the kinds of actions the lab manager can take to improve lab performance. Whether you're a lab manager seeking to optimize operations or a team member aiming to contribute more effectively, this course offers essential knowledge and strategies to elevate your performance. Don't miss this opportunity to harness the power of Metrics and Productivity. Enroll now and take the first step towards driving meaningful change in your lab!
  • All labs want to deliver high quality science that meet the requirements of their key stakeholders. Building the appropriate quality management system (QMS) helps the lab meet these goals. The right QMS will improve the lab’s document control, documentation of appropriate processes and procedures, consistency, communication, ability to improve, and help keep the staff engaged with quality work. Learning Objectives: Understand the value of a lab quality program, Identify the elements of a lab quality program, Differentiate the benefits of some different lab quality standards, Recognize the benefits of having an accredited QMS, Describe how to prepare to be accredited.
  • Instructor: Scott Hanton Are you ready to elevate your lab management skills to the next level? Enroll now in our comprehensive online course on Lab Safety, designed to empower lab managers like you with the knowledge and expertise needed to ensure a secure and compliant work environment. What’s this course about? Led by renowned instructor Scott Hanton, this course delves into the critical responsibility of lab safety, emphasizing the pivotal role lab managers play in fostering a culture of safety. From identifying fundamental safety elements to understanding various hazards present in the lab, you'll gain invaluable insights to create and maintain an effective lab safety program. What are the benefits of this course? Identify Fundamental Elements: Gain a deep understanding of the foundational aspects of lab safety, essential for crafting robust safety protocols. Recognize Hazards: Learn to identify and mitigate different hazards lurking within the lab environment, ensuring the safety of your team and workspace. Explore Training Opportunities: Discover various lab safety training options available for staff, equipping you to cultivate a knowledgeable and safety-conscious team. Cultivate a Safe Lab Culture: Understand the elements crucial for fostering a culture of safety, empowering you to lead by example and inspire your team. Develop a Comprehensive Safety Program: Learn to outline and implement a comprehensive lab safety program tailored to your specific lab requirements. Prioritize Emotional and Psychological Safety: Understand the significance of integrating emotional and psychological safety into your lab safety framework, fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment. What are the learning outcomes of this course? Identify the fundamental elements of lab safety, Recognize different hazards that are present in the lab, List different lab safety training opportunities for staff, State different elements of a safe lab culture, Identify the elements of a lab safety program, Describe the benefits of including emotional and psychological safety in the lab safety system. Don't leave lab safety to chance—empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to create a safer, more secure environment for you and your team. Join Scott Hanton's Lab Safety course today and embark on a transformative journey towards safety mastery. Secure your spot now and pave the way for a safer tomorrow!
  • People have natural preferences in personality styles. These differences in personality can lead to conflict in the lab. Understanding the basics of personality type can help lab managers address the root of many interpersonal conflicts. Bringing personality types into conflict resolution helps educate lab staff about diversity and differences between people. It helps to shift the focus of the conflict resolution to the facts of the situation and away from the individual personalities. Personality types describe preferences, not skill, and should never be used to limit people. Learning Outcomes: Identify the 16 different Myers Briggs Type Index, or MBTI, types, Explain the differences between the four MBTI pairs: E/I, N/S, T/F, and P/J, Use the MBTI temperaments to gain insight into how lab staff behave, Demonstrate the difference between preferences and skills, Identify how to apply personality type information to improve conflict resolution in the lab.
  • Conflict resolution is a very important skill for lab managers to have because conflict resolution can be difficult and frustrating. Finding the facts and following a data-driven conflict resolution process are behaviors the lab manager can demonstrate to enable better conflict resolution. There is much to be gained with calm, kind, supportive, curious, healthy debate. Finding win/win outcomes can create cooperation out of enmity. Learning Outcomes: List the benefits of healthy conflict, Describe how healthy conflict can be a source of innovation and creativity, Demonstrate behaviors that will de-escalate conflict and lead to mutually beneficial solutions, Explain the benefits of following the facts to solve issues, rather than emotionally blaming people, Implement some characteristics of lab culture that will reduce unhealthy conflicts.
  • Enabling staff to thrive improves lab performance. Organizations can contribute to positive staff well-being. Engaged employees significantly outperform other staff in all important categories. Engagement is increased by meeting key staff needs: positive relationships at work, clear expectations, praise and recognition, coaching and feedback, use of strengths, and ongoing development. Learning Outcomes: Identify the benefits from a thriving staff and employee engagement, Recognize ways to improve organizational well-being, Recognize ways to implement emotional, and psychological safety in the lab, Identify the key staff needs for employee engagement.
  • Good leaders are almost always good communicators. Communication is vital to effectively receive and share information. Good lab managers realize that listening is the most important communication skill. Developing effective active listening skills is a high priority to be effective as a lab manager. When sharing information, it is important to craft messages to maximize the receiver’s ability to understand, process, and act on the information. It is the responsibility of the transmitter to ensure that the message can be properly received. Positive communication can help build stronger relationships. Learning Outcomes: Utilize the seven C’s of communication, Describe the importance of active listening and some ways to improve this important skill, Recognize the importance of positive communication and be able to implement it around the lab, Explain the six components of positive communication.
  • Many people think that an organization’s culture and work environment are fixed. However, lab managers can have significant impact on creating a more positive culture, and a work environment that can enable success, both for the lab and for the people. Developing an environment for success requires attention to the details that affect the staff, like listening, caring, and learning. Learning Outcomes: Recognize ways to develop a positive work culture for the lab focused on emotional safety, shared vulnerability, and purpose, Implement active listening as a key leadership tool, Clarify the value of developing independence and ownership in the lab staff, Utilize staff development to improve the lab, Explain the benefits of being customer focused to the lab.