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CLEAPSS Microscope Maintenance

It's designed for secondary-school technicians with little knowledge or experience of servicing school microscopes. (Please note that certain jobs, e.g. repair of fine focus mechanism, will still require the services of professional microscope technicians.)

Who this course is for

It's aimed at secondary science laboratory technicians teaching Key Stage 3 and 4 (KS3 and KS4).

Course content

Topics covered include:

  • dismantling the microscope
  • cleaning mechanical parts
  • lubrication
  • re-assembly and adjustment of mechanical parts
  • cleaning the optical components.

Teaching and structure

The course is delivered as a practical workshop.

Entry requirements

You'll need to be the science technician in your school. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll have:

  • gained confidence in tackling simple maintenance tasks related to microscopes
  • learnt to identify faulty microscopes
  • performed standard repairs to a microscope.


£165 for CLEAPSS members.

How to book

You can book online using a credit card by clicking on the link(s) below.
If you wish to pay by invoice and the invoice to be issued to your school, you should send your full details together with a purchase order number and the contact details of your finance department (email address) to: ioe.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk

Available dates

13 November 2018

9 July 2019


The Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) has a membership of more than 28,000 schools and colleges, mainly in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where its advice is recognised by HSE, DFE and OFSTED as representing best practice in these areas. As such, it's used by employers as the basis for them to discharge their responsibilities under the H&S at work act, 1999.