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State Titration Competitions

The RACI titration competitions are designed to encourage those students who enjoy Chemistry, particularly its practical side, to develop their scientific skills and understandings, and to reward those who attain a high level of proficiency.

Entrants compete in teams of three.

In the state-based competitions, each team member performs two sets of acid-base titrations in order to determine the unknown concentration of a weak acid in a solution that is supplied to them. This weak acid is either ethanoic acid (commonly known as acetic acid) or oxalic acid. This acid is standardised against a solution of the strong base, sodium hydroxide, which is first standardised against a standard solution of an acid (either hydrochloric acid or oxalic acid).

Judging is on the basis of the values each team reports for the concentration of the 3 weak acid solutions. Teams are ranked on how close they get to the actual concentration for each acid solution.

These volumetric analyses vary slightly from state to state, but are equivalent in their requirements.

The top teams in each State competition will be invited to participate in the National Competition Finals.

Unfortunately, our titration competitions have been affected by COVID-19. States, who usually hold their competition at local universities, will require students to take part in their own schools. And, some states have chosen to withdraw until 2021.

Please click on the right for your State's full instructions and registration details.

Australian National Titration Competition (ANTC)

The ANTC Finals provide an opportunity for teams that have done well at the State level to demonstrate their skills by completing a more challenging analysis in a nationwide competition.

Once regional competition results are finalised, Coordinators in each State will invite successful teams to take part in the ANTC finals. 

Our National Titration competition is a great opportunity for secondary school students who enjoy chemistry to develop their skills and understanding – and be rewarded for outstanding performance.

All national finalists receive a gold or silver badge and a team plaque is awarded to outstanding teams.

ANTC Competition downloads

ANTC Rules 2020

A Guide to Titration (Updated Feb 2020)

ANTC Dr Trevor G Appleton Memorial Award Trophy


Tips to Improve your Titration Skills

Step 1. RACI Titration Equipment needed

Step 2. Titration Rinsing Glassware

Step 3. Titration Rinsing Pipette

Titration Challenge for Chemistry Educators & Lab Technicians 2020

Can you titrate as well as your students and your colleagues around the country?

The Titration Challenge is offered to anyone in an educational institution who is teaching Chemistry or working as a laboratory technician.

Participants will individually perform the same analysis as that performed by students in the finals of the Australian National Titration Competition.

Please see the full competition details and click here to register - Closing date for entries is Friday 25 September 2020