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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Cert RRC

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Cert RRC

Red River College, Canada

About This Program

If you are trying to break into the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing industry in Canada, consider enrolling in this one-year certificate program of Red River College.  You will need:

  • A strong science background;
  • To be detail oriented
  • To have the capacity to enjoy working in a manufacturing setting.

This program provides the skills you need to gain employment in the production of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and related products. These products include:

  • Over-the-counter and prescription drugs;
  • Vaccines;
  • Analgesics;
  • Antibiotics and other drugs for life-threatening diseases. 

The program consists of two streams:

  • Solid Dosage

You learn the theory and practice of formulating and manufacturing tablets and capsules. What are the raw materials used? How are these products formulated and manufactured? How can we produce a good quality product? You will explore these questions and more by manufacturing small batches in the College's state-of-the-art solid dosage production laboratory.

  • Biopharmaceutical Processing

You gain hands-on experience in microbial fermentation such as set-up, inoculation, sampling, harvesting techniques, filtration, and column chromatographic purification techniques strategies for manufacturing of Recombinant Biotechnology drug products. Cleanroom gowning, sanitization and GMP compliance will be emphasized. You will run small-scale batches in our state-of-the-art bioprocessing lab.

Course Delivery

This program is being offered at the Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg with subjects taught in state-of-the art laboratory facilities.


Red River College works closely with Manitoba pharmaceutical companies and the Life Science Association of Manitoba (LSAM) in the development of this program.

Upon graduation, you may be initially employed as production technicians with Manitoba's regulated pharmaceutical manufacturing companies.  In 2016, 90% of graduates were employed while the remaining 10% continued to enroll in further studies.

Learning Outcomes

When you have successfully completed this Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Certificate program, you will be able to:

  1. Understand different dosage forms and their action;
  2. Understand the overall operations involved in solid dose production, bacterial fermentation, and protein purification techniques;
  3. Operate common equipment involved in pharmaceutical production;
  4. Apply acquired knowledge and skills to troubleshoot processing problems;
  5. Effectively work with and complete controlled documentation such as batch records, standard operating procedures (SOPs), etc.;
  6. Assist in a variety of quality control procedures including environmental sampling, validation of equipment, and on-line checks;
  7. Maintain cleanliness of the production areas by execution of sanitization programs;
  8. Demonstrate personal hygiene and safety, working within the stringent areas of pharmaceutical manufacturing;
  9. Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, ethical judgment, and organizational skills.

Course Outline


  • CHEM-1029  Intro Chemistry
  • COMM-1027  Technical Communications 1
  • MATH-1090  Fundamentals of Technical Mathematics
  • PHAR-1024  Applied Biopharmaceutical 1
  • PHAR-1026  Workplace Safety in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • PHAR-1232  Pharmaceutics, Quality, Compliance
  • PHAR-1234  Solid Dosage Production 1 (granulation)


  • COMM-1010  Technical Communication 2
  • PHAR-1025  Intro to Liquid & Semi-Solid Dosage Form
  • PHAR-2003  Chemistry Drug Compound & Form
  • PHAR-2020  Solid Dosage Production 2
  • PHAR-2024  Applied Biopharmaceutical 2

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which document 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 or programs. So if you think your grades are good enough, apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for some of the courses of this program to decrease the number of subjects you have to take.  Talk to your assigned IVC Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer for advice.

Course Info

College : Health Sciences

Duration : 1 Year

Qualifications Level : Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Canadian Dollars (CAD) currency.

  • Tuition Fee:  14,884
  • Program/Student Fees:  4,476
  • Books and Supplies:  200

The above figures represent what Red River College expects will be your reasonable international fees.  You will be responsible for bus fees going and coming from the campus.

You may have to estimating living expenses such as insurance, rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, health.

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the college.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa or Education Counselor periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

The intake for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing certificate program is August 27, 2018. You should apply early though since competition for slots may be tough.

In addition, IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by Niagara College department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.  You must comply with the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Canadian Grade 12 equivalent and passing grades in at least one credit in each of the following:
    • Grade 12 English
    • Grade 12 Math
    • Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) Minimum bands of 6.5 in Listening, Speaking and Reading components.  At least 6.0 for the Writing component.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): 79 - 80 minimum, with a minimum of 19 per section
    • MELAB: minimum final score of 80 with a minimum of 77 in Writing
    • CAEL: minimum overall result of 60 with a minimum of 60 in each section

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