NSW Regional Titration Competition 2021


Registrations close on Fri, 21 May 2021.

 The RACI runs two titration competitions:

  • Regional Titration Competitions for high school students, which feed into the Australian National Titration Competition and
  • National Titration Challenge which is for teachers, science technicians and all those involved in the secondary or tertiary teaching of chemistry to students.

About the Competition 

The NSW Schools Titration Competition is a quantitative analytical competition open to NSW students currently enrolled in Senior Chemistry studying towards the Higher School Certificate. The competition operates at a number of school and university venues throughout the State. Students compete in teams of three and, in ninety minutes, must complete a set of acid-base titrations to determine the unknown concentration of a weak acid. The team's score will depend on the accuracy of the work of its members. The best score wins medals for the team. They may then be invited to participate in the National Competition later in the year.

NSW Chemistry Syllabus Link

The Competition is well aligned with the New Chemistry Syllabus. Competition entry can be used to satisfy 1.5 hours of practical experience and contribute to NSW Chemistry syllabus skills outcomes CH11/12-3, CH11/12-5 and knowledge & understanding outcomes CH11-9, CH12-13. It can also be used as a formative or summative assessment for a depth study. 

2021 NSW Titration Competition

The 2021 NSW Titration Competition will be held in June at a number of venues across the state. Currently, it is planed on Fri 11- Sat 12  June 2021  for Sydney Venues. 
The aim of the competition is to accurately determine the unknown concentration of an acid by using titration techniques. All secondary schools in NSW are invited to participate. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in Preliminary or Higher School Certificate Chemistry or its equivalent at your institution. Students will work in groups of three.

  • Where is the competition held? 

Please visit our 'Titration Shop' page here for available venues. 

  • What PPE or equipment do I need to bring to a venue?

Please see each individual venue's registration page for details of the PPE and equipment required or contact the RACI NSW Branch Office. Most venues also require that visiting teachers assist with the supervision of students.

  • How do I register?

Choose the number of teams you would like to enter in the competition, and enter your details he name of school/organisation, email address etc.The email address and name of the teacher / person entered at the start of the Online Registration process, will become the PRIMARY CONTACT for the purpose of this registration.Credit Card Payment will be required at the same time to complete the registration.

*Registrations close on Friday, 21 May 2021

  • Costs

The cost of entry in the 2021 Titration Competition is:

$45 (inc GST) per team of three students

$60 (inc GST) per team of three students for the venues combined with 1 hour RACI Nyholm Youth Lectures (advertised separately). Currently at UNSW and USYD. 

  • Competition Rules

• An institution may enter a maximum of 8 teams and may choose one venue only.
• All teams from one institution must compete at the same venue.
• All students must be trained in the correct method of titration and safe laboratory codes of conduct. Students and teachers will abide by the competition rules and the direction and decisions of the competition supervisors at all times.
• All students must present completed indemnity and media release forms to the competition supervisor at the venue on the morning of the competition. These forms indemnify the venue in the case of any misadventure during the course of the competition and allow images of competitors to be used according to strict media guidelines.
• All students must wear appropriate clothing in accordance with laboratory guidelines and the special requirements of your chosen venue which will include fully enclosed shoes and safety goggles and may include laboratory coats.
• You will have registered and made payment for team places. This must be done before the competition date (usually before the closing date for entries) and you will have received a confirmation of entry from the NSW Competition Coordinator.

  •  How does the competition work?

The performance of a team in the Titration Competition is determined by its total score which is a sum of the scores achieved by each of the team members. The closer a team member is to determining the correct concentration the lower the score. Thus, lower scores are better.

  • What awards can my students win?

The following may be received from the NSW Schools Titration Competition:
• a medallion for each member of the winning team at a venue
• a certificate of Excellence for a team with a score of 100 or less
• a certificate of Merit for a team score of between 100 and 200
• a certificate of Participation for a team score greater than 200.
In addition, a team with outstanding performance may be invited to the prestigious National Titration Competition. The student from NSW invited to the National Competition who achieves the best score in the National Competition (in the event of a tie, the result from the Schools competition also will be considered), may be awarded the de Miklouho-Maclay Prize for Excellence in Chemistry.

*Competition forms and helpful documents

• Competition Booklet
• Indemnity Form and Media Release Form
• Sample Scoresheet
• Sample Risk Assessment
• Titration Indicators and Glassware Notes
• Sample Calculation Spreadsheet
• Spreadsheet Instructions (Part 1)
• Spreadsheet Instructions (Part 2)

 There are Titration training videos available on the RACI Titration homepageSome of these documents are no longer relevant for 2021 but have been left live for reference so that teachers can prepare for 2022.