Role and functions

1. Carry out basic biological laboratory tests.

2. Report on the results.

3. Supervise laboratory work.

4. Understand plant and animal in terms of their nature of life, disease and treatment and economic importance.

This course is intended to equip the trainee with knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them in research laboratories performing various biological technologies and correctly handle the laboratory equipments.

Programme aim

This course is aimed at providing the trainees with knowledge and skills in biological process and their application i.e. inter-relationship between organisms in nature and the modern manipulation of microorganisms in the developing industrial look.

The practical work will help the trainees develop confidence and skills in the use of biological techniques and tool. As a result, it will help the trainee to impart general knowledge and entrepreneurship awareness to enable trainees to contribute positively in the society.


At the end of this course, the trainee should be able to:

  • Understand the general ecological inter-relationship of organisms.
  • Understand the physiological process of living organisms.
  • Understand plants and animals in terms of their breeding, care, diseases, infecting them and their economic importance.
  • Observe safety measures in a biological laboratory.
  • Prepare accurate laboratory reports.
  • Supervise laboratory work.
  • Apply the acquired knowledge and skills in performing various biological techniques.

Eligibility for entry to examinations


Candidates for the examinations must at the time of entry to the examinations have completed the course at KIAS and should have obtained 75% of attendance time.


Internal Examinations

Internal examinations will be prepared and marked by the KIAS. The Kenya National Examinations Council will not issue certificates for the internal examinations but the KIAS will issue statements of results for internal examinations to the trainees.

External Examinations



The Kenya National Examinations Council will offer External examinations for the Diploma in Applied Biology.

Examinable Subjects

Stage One

  1. Mathematics
  2. Science
  3. Entrepreneurship Education
  4. Technical Drawing
  5. Communication
  6. Social Studies
  7. Taxonomy, Ecology and Soil study
  8. Cytology, Histology and Genetics
  9. Laboratory Practice and management
  10. Practical Examinations

Stage Two

  1. Entrepreneurship Education
  2. Computer Applications
  3. Taxonomy, Ecology and Soil study
  4. Cytology, Histology and Genetics
  5. Microbiology, Parasitology and Immunology
  6. Mathematics, Anatomy and physiology
  7. Museum Herbariom, Acquarium and Vivarium
  8. Animal Husbandry, Pharmacology & Toxicology
  9. Plant Husbandry and Entomology
  10. Laboratory practice and management
  11. Practical examination

Stage Three

  1. Taxonomy, Ecology and Soil study
  2. Museum Herbariom, Acquarium and Vivarium
  3. Microbiology, Parasitology and Immunology
  4. Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology
  5. Animal Husbandry, Pharmacology & Toxicology Plant Husbandry and Entomology
  6. Laboratory practice and management
  7. Project


The course duration is 2970 hours and is organized into 3 stages (3years) each stage has 990hours or 1 year equal to 3 terms.

Project work

A project in this context means a piece of work carried out by an individual trainee or by a group of trainees. It may be practical, mathematical, evaluative, and descriptive or research based project. The project will have well defined objectives so that trainee/trainees will have something definitive to aim at, without inhibiting their initiative

Aims of project work

  • The aim of project work are to give the trainee(s)
  • Experience in an extended piece of practical work.
  • An opportunity to develop and implement their own ideas.
  • Experience of working with the supervisor and peers and in carrying out the instructions of the supervisor.
  • Experience in writing a technical report and in keeping records of work as it proceeds.

Project selection

For external examinations the trainees will carry out at least two projects, one of which will be related to the trade and will be assessed by the Kenya National Examinations Council, while the other one will be an entrepreneurship project which will be submitted to the Kenya National Examinations Council for validation.



The programme is continuously assessed with the institute’s final examination (internal examination at the end of the stage) while the KNEC will offer external examinations at the end of the 3year course.

Recommended candidates

  1. Passed relevant craft course.
  2. Minimum KCSE mean aggregate C-

Educational Tours

  • KARI
  • ILRI

Career prospects

Employment in Research stations like 

  • KARI