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BACE Registration Opens

September 19, 2022

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 continue to adopt the exam.


The Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) is open to all applicants and no prerequisites are required. It includes both a written examination (Knowledge Exam) and a practical skills evaluation (Practical Exam). Both assessments are closed book. There are two Exam Administration Options: Live Exam Administration and Remote Exam Administration.

Live Administration

Candidates test on site with a live proctor. The Knowledge Exam is administered online via UF e-Learning under the supervision of an approved Proctor. The Practical Exam assesses technical workplace skills, and is administered under the observation of an approved Skills Evaluator.

Remote Administration

Candidates test at home (or the location of their choosing) and both the Knowledge and Practical exams are administered online via UF e-Learning. Both exam portions are proctored remotely through Honorlock.


The BACE consists of nine categories. Please visit the Exam Specifications page to see detailed information regarding the exam portions, duration, number of questions per portion, subjects covered, and number of questions per subject. Candidates must score 80% or above to pass the BACE. A candidate’s score is determined by averaging the highest grade of the Knowledge Exam and the highest grade of the Practical Exam. Candidates are permitted to take the exam a maximum of three times within a calendar year, with a 20-day waiting period between attempts.


Upon completion of the Biotechnology Assistant Credentialing Exam, each successful candidate will receive:

  • A BACE Certificate
  • A letter for potential employers explaining the benefits of hiring a BACE-credentialed candidate
  • Digital credential that can be verified online by potential employers


September 19, 2022
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