How to become a Tissue Culture Technician

Tissue culture technicians use various techniques to asexually reproduce live tissue, under laboratory conditions, producing specimens that are genetically identical to, or different from, the parent tissue. The process of producing genetically identical specimens is commonly known as cloning. Tissue culture is used for a wide variety of commercially important agricultural and horticultural plants, in the propagation of rare and endangered plant species, and in the growth of tissues or cells used in health and medical research and treatments.

Personal requirements of a Tissue Culture Technician

  • Good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to concentrate on detail
  • Able to keep records accurately

Education & Training for a Tissue Culture Technician

You can work as a tissue culture technician without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and you may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.You can also become a tissue culture technician through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.7%

NSW 32.7%

NT 0.8%

QLD 27.5%

SA 4.6%

TAS 2.5%

VIC 20.6%

WA 9.7%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 43.2%

Female 56.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 15.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 5.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 28.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 25.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 32.7%

Above 35 years: 66.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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