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Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam

What is the BACE?

The Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) is an industry-recognized exam designed to assess core skills and knowledge sets identified by industry, and represented within the academic and performance standards of Biotechnology programs. The exam was originally vetted by the state of Florida’s industry organization, BioFlorida, which represents more than 3,000 companies and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioagriculture sectors. Since its creation, BACE has been assessed by national and international companies as other states (and other countries) adopt the exam.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do candidates register for the BACE?

Most frequently, candidates are registered and scheduled for the exam through their educational institute or company, so no action is necessary on the candidate’s part. However, candidates testing at Biotility or an approved Exam Site, should purchase an Access Code. Individuals who purchase their Access Code from another Exam Site must register the Access Code with Biotility.  Access codes purchased directly from Biotility do not need to be registered.

What does the cost of the exam include?

The exam fee is $150 per candidate. The fee includes one attempt per candidate for both portions (Knowledge and Practical) of the exam.

How many times may a candidate take the exam?

Candidates are permitted to take the exam a maximum of three (3) times an academic year, with a 20-day waiting period between attempts.

How frequently may a candidate take the exam?

Candidates are permitted to take the exam a maximum of three (3) times an academic year, with a 20-day waiting period between attempts.

How do candidates find out if they passed the exam?

BACE Administrators will notify candidates of their scores and how well they performed in each of the exam subjects.

What is the username and password for UF e-Learning?

All users must have a UFID and GatorLink Account in order to access BACE content in UF e-Learning. For examination purposes, the UFID serves as the Candidate ID and the GatorLink Account is the username and password into the exam. Every Gator has a UFID and GatorLink Account, so welcome to the Gator Nation!

Is it possible to reset the UF e-Learning password?

Password resets may be requested at https://account.it.ufl.edu.

How much time is allotted for each portion of the exam?

Candidates have three (3) hours in which to take the Knowledge Exam, and four (4) hours in which to take the Practical Exam.

What subjects are covered on the Knowledge Exam?

General topics for the knowledge portion include Cells, Chemistry and Biochemistry, General Topics in Biotechnology, Genetics, Laboratory Skills and Applications, and Research and Scientific Method.  For more details, view the BACE Categories and Subcategories.

What subjects are covered on the Practical Exam?

General topics for the practical portion include Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology Skills, Laboratory Equipment, and Preparing Solutions.  For more details, view the BACE Categories and Subcategories.

What items are permitted during the exam?

Candidates are not permitted to bring any items into Exam Rooms.  Your proctor will provide you with a pencil, basic non-programmable calculator, and scratch paper.

How is the credential claimed?

Upon passing the BACE, electronic credentials are issued immediately. Electronic credentials are issued as a badge from Badgr. Badges may be shared to social media from within Canvas, or a digital verification link can be created from within Badgr (http://www.badgr.com).  Instructions for creating a digital verification link can be found here.

How do employers verify the credential?

Electronic credentials are issued as a badge from Badgr. Badges may be digitally verified by anyone, and candidates may also share the badges on social media. Candidates can share a verification link from their Badgr Backpack.

Careers in Biotechnology

Fastest Growing Jobs in Biotechnology

Biotechnology CareerCareer DescriptionJobs
Genetic CounselorsThe BLS has projected a 30 percent increase in the demand for genetic counselors from 2014 to 2024. The majority of genetic counselors work in hospitals. The majority of them work in hospitals. The typical educational requirement for a genetic counselor is a master’s degree after some sort of life science or medical bachelor’s degree, often nursing. According to Salary.com, the median salary for a genetic counselor is $69,957, ranging from about $63,164 to $77,849. Jobs
Biomedical EngineersThese engineers combine engineering with medical and biological sciences, usually to design and construct equipment, devices, computer systems and software used in healthcare. There are often bachelor’s programs in biomedical engineering. According to the BLS, the median pay is $85,620 per year and the job growth outlook is much faster than average, at 23 percent.Jobs
Laboratory Technologists/TechniciansA technician typically has a two-year associate’s degree, while a technologist has a four-year bachelor’s degree, often with a year’s practical internship on top of it. There’s been a shortage of medical technologists for at least the last 20 years and isn’t expected to decrease as the general population ages. The majority of medical laboratory technologists and technicians work in healthcare laboratories at hospital laboratories or large commercial clinical diagnostic companies, although there are also positions in physician office laboratories. According to Salary.com, the average annual salary for an ASCP-certified medical technologist is $66,108. BLS lumps technicians and technologists into the same category, with a median salary of $50,930. However, it does suggest that the technician salary is typically $38,950.Jobs
Biophysicists/BiochemistsThese positions are usually at the PhD level. Biophycisists merge physics with the biological scientists. According to the BLS, biophysicists have an average annual salary of $87,640, with the top 10 percent earning over $147,320. A biochemist, rather obviously, studies biochemistry, which is to say, the chemistry of living organisms. Salary.com indicates that the median annual salary for a Biochemist I is $50,516, although it’s necessary to point out that this refers to people with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. For a PhD, the U.S. Department of Labor indicates the highest earning PhDs exceed $100,000 per year.Jobs
EpidemiologistsAn epidemiologist applies statistical analysis to diseases in human populations. They are broadly called public health professionals, although there are academic positions as well, and there is a significant crossover these days in data science and bioinformatics. According to the BLS, the median pay for an epidemiologist is $70,820, requires a master’s degree, and from 2014 to 2024 is growing at about the average rate of 6%.Jobs
MicrobiologistsThis can be a rather broad field, although it generally focuses on bacteria, fungi and viruses. It also requires a broad background in human cell biology and molecular biology. The BLS projected a 4 percent increase in demand between 2014 and 2024. Most positions call for a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. There are positions in clinical diagnostic laboratories, academic and industrial research laboratories, and in public health laboratories. According to the BLS, the median pay for a microbiologist—probably with a bachelor’s degree—is $66,850. Jobs
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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  • Mrs. Edda I Rivera

    Science Department Chairperson - Anatomy & Physiology Honors and Biotechnology Teacher

    My experience with Biotility was amazing! The students were exposed to how and where scientists work in biotechnology industries. Moreover, Biotility is an interactive field trip, students have the opportunity to realize some interesting and entertaining labs such as ELISA test or manipulating DNA which gives them hands on experience with laboratory equipment. I highly recommend biotechnology teachers to take students to Biotility for it provides an out of the classroom experience of biotech.

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  • Dee Reedy

    Biotechnology Teacher

    My classes have been going to Biotility for years and it is always a great experience. The lessons are targeted to the needs of my students, hold their interest, allow them to use “cool” equipment, and reinforces the lessons from class. The staff are always able to relate to the students and talk at a level they can understand. It is a great experience for them and the students and learn about the biotechnology incubator right next door.

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    Ocala, FL