Restek® Education

  • Well-trained chromatographers make productive analysts — and widely acclaimed education from Restek® offers training solutions to fit every level of expertise, budget, schedule, and analytical topic.
  • Restek® provides a variety of educational and networking opportunities to help you reduce guesswork, improve throughput and reliability, and raise your confidence in generated data.


Seminars:  Each full-day course delivers a wealth of information and networking opportunities in a professional, non-promotional, multimedia format with animated illustrations and problem-solving exercises that reinforce your understanding of important principles. In-person, instructor-led training (ILT) features a mixture of introductory, intermediate, and advanced elements that makes these presentations suitable for chemists of all experience levels, from beginners in chromatography to experienced analysts.

On-Site Training:  Bring Restek experts right to your lab! Our on-site seminars provide an excellent opportunity to train multiple analysts at once with reduced costs and no travel time. Restek experts can present existing seminars or teach material customized to tackle your specific analytical challenges based on your direction. Dates, duration, and topics are flexible. For additional information, contact your local Restek representative in the U.S. or outside the U.S.

Web-based Training: An excellent alternative to on-site training, web-based training can be either live or recorded, and allows tremendous flexibility in content and scheduling. Restek experts can present existing seminars or teach material customized to tackle your specific analytical challenges based on your direction. Dates, duration, and topics are flexible. For additional information, contact your local Restek representative in the U.S. or outside the U.S.


Capillary GC Fundamentals Seminar

This course is a solid initiation into the fundamentals and best practices of this widely used technique. You can gain practical knowledge of GC inlets and injection techniques, GC column selection, detector systems, and maintenance and troubleshooting.

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Course Topics

    • Introduction to Gas Chromatography
      • Definitions and History
      • GC Components and Types of Columns
      • Factors Affecting Chromatographic Separation
      • Basic Terminology
    • Factors Affecting Separation
      • Separation Theory
      • Factors Influencing Good Separations
        • Non-Column Related Factors
        • Column Related Factors
        • Other Considerations
    • Sample Introduction
      • Gas Delivery
      • Gas Control
      • Liquid Injection Techniques
      • Other Sample Introduction Techniques
      • Injector Maintenance
    • Detection Systems
      • Basic Terminology and Theory
      • Flame Ionization Detector
      • Electron Capture Detector
      • Mass Spectrometry Detector
    • Maintenance and Troubleshooting
      • Column Installation and Maintenance
      • Routine GC Maintenance
      • Troubleshooting Basics
      • Troubleshooting Exercises

Cancellations Policy

Cancellations made 10 business days prior to the seminar will be issued a 100% refund. No refund is given for cancellations made without 10 business days' notice. Cancellations must be made by calling Restek Customer Service at 1-800-356-1688, ext. 3. If you cannot attend the seminar, you may send someone in your place by calling in advance (1-800-356-1688 or 1-814-353-1300, ext. 3) with the name of the substitute. Although seminars are seldom cancelled, we do reserve the right to cancel them. Therefore, we strongly advise you to purchase only refundable travel tickets. Restek is not responsible for any travel expenses.

For additional information, contact your local Restek representative in the U.S. or outside the U.S.

GC-MS Fundamentals Seminar

Gain practical knowledge of mass spectrometric detectors, GC inlets and injection techniques, GC column selection, basic spectral interpretation, and maintenance and troubleshooting.

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Course Topics

    • Introduction to GC-MS
      • Definitions
      • Column Types
      • Separation Considerations
    • Mass Spectrometric Detectors
      • Background
      • Instruments
    • Inlets and Injection Techniques
      • Liquid Injection Techniques
      • Other Techniques
    • Column Selection
      • Factors Influencing the Separation
      • Practical Column Considerations
        • Column Related Factors
        • Non-Column Related Factors
    • Basic Spectral Interpretation
      • Isotopic Abundances
      • Common Fragments
      • Example Spectra
    • Maintenance and Troubleshooting
      • Routine Maintenance
      • Troubleshooting

Cancellations Policy

Cancellations made 10 business days prior to the seminar will be issued a 100% refund. No refund is given for cancellations made without 10 business days' notice. Cancellations must be made by calling Restek Customer Service at 1-800-356-1688, ext. 3. If you cannot attend the seminar, you may send someone in your place by calling in advance (1-800-356-1688 or 1-814-353-1300, ext. 3) with the name of the substitute. Although seminars are seldom cancelled, we do reserve the right to cancel them. Therefore, we strongly advise you to purchase only refundable travel tickets. Restek is not responsible for any travel expenses.

For additional information, contact your local Restek representative in the U.S. or outside the U.S.

LC-MS Fundamentals Seminar

This one-day lecture course is designed to increase your understanding of High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with a focus on mass spectrometry (MS) detection. The introduction will cover the principle components of the HPLC system, LC column chemistry, and chromatography fundamentals. We will also review ionization, mass analyzers, and MS detection with a focus on single- and tandem-quadrupole MS. A detailed look at the science behind the MS detection technique will be followed by a discussion of its advantages and disadvantages. Method development for MS will be shown, including mobile phase choice, sample considerations, calibration and tuning, and matrix considerations. Finally, you will learn method troubleshooting and best practices for LC-MS analyses.

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Course Topics

    • Introduction (4 minutes)
    • HPLC & Separations (2.5 hours)
      • Instrumentation
      • Principles & Basics of Chromatography
      • Column Chemistry
    • Ionization, Mass Analyzers & Detectors (2 hours)
      • Ionization Sources
      • Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry
      • Detectors
      • Estabilishing MRMs & Optimizing MS Parameters
    • LC-MS Method Development & Optimization (2 hours)
      • Column Selection
      • Mobile Phase Selection
      • Method Optimization
      • Method Trouble Shooting Quick Fixes
      • Case Study Examples

Cancellations Policy

Cancellations made 10 business days prior to the seminar will be issued a 100% refund. No refund is given for cancellations made without 10 business days' notice. Cancellations must be made by calling RestekĀ® Customer Service at 1-800-356-1688, ext. 3. If you cannot attend the seminar, you may send someone in your place by calling in advance (1-800-356-1688 or 1-814-353-1300, ext. 3) with the name of the substitute. Although seminars are seldom cancelled, we do reserve the right to cancel them. Therefore, we strongly advise you to purchase only refundable travel tickets. Restek is not responsible for any travel expenses.

For additional information, contact your local Restek representative in the U.S. or outside the U.S.

The Chromatography of Cannabis Seminar

Medicinal and recreational use of cannabis is becoming increasingly legitimized across the country, and the need for robust analytical support for this industry is increasing in urgency. As states adopt medicinal or recreational cannabis laws, both established and start-up labs are stepping up to help respond to growing concern over consumer health and safety. This full-day seminar is designed for labs analyzing cannabis and will focus on chromatographic methods for this new commodity. Liquid and gas chromatography (LC and GC) instrumentation and techniques will be demystified, and the most current analytical methodologies for this industry, including potency, terpene, residual solvent, and pesticide analyses, will be discussed in detail. Other valuable information, such as optimization techniques, instrument qualification procedures, maintenance, and troubleshooting, will also be presented.

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Course Topics

  • Introduction to Chromatography Principles
    • Fundamentals
      • Resolution variables
      • Data quality variables
    • GC and LC
      • Formats and what they mean
      • How to make column choices
    • What does "good" look like?
  • Break
  • Current Testing
    • Potency
      • LC potency
      • GC potency
    • Residual Solvents
      • Headspace optimization
  • Lunch
  • Future Testing
    • Quality and Identity
      • Pesticides
      • Terpenes
    • Sample Preparation Techniques
  • Break
  • Chromatographic Considerations
    • Internal standards
    • Instrument qualification
    • Routine maintenance
    • Troubleshooting

Cancellations Policy

Cancellations must be made by calling Restek Customer Service at 1-800-356-1688, ext. 3. If you cannot attend the seminar, you may send someone in your place by calling (1-800-356-1688 or 1-814-353-1300, ext. 3) with the name of the substitute. Although seminars are seldom cancelled, we do reserve the right to cancel them. Therefore, we strongly advise you to purchase only refundable travel tickets. Restek is not responsible for any travel expenses.

For additional information, contact your local Restek representative in the U.S. or outside the U.S.