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AALAS' Certification and Registry Board (CRB) certifies three levels of technician
The technician certification designations of ALAT, LAT, and LATG are well known
and widely used throughout the varied fields of laboratory animal care. In
fact, these certifications have come to be a common requirement for a lab
animal care position.
program information, download the Technician
The handbook contains everything you need to know about application and testing
procedures, qualification criteria, exam fees, and many other topics, and
should be retained for use as a reference during the application process.
How to Apply
To apply for an AALAS Technician Certification Exam, you must complete an application
submit all necessary documentation and fees. Once your application has been
approved and processed, you will receive an Authorization to Test letter from
the AALAS office. You must take this letter with you to your exam.
Check your eligibility
AALAS offers many resources which may aid you in your exam preparations, including
training manuals, exam content outlines, reference lists, and both print and online study aids. The exam content outlines and reference lists can be downloaded from the menu at left. For online study tools, see the AALAS Learning Library. Visit our Bookstore for more
information about our print resources.
By participating in the Technician Certification Registry, you will show that
you have not only mastered the skills of your specific certification level but
have also maintained a credible, current level of knowledge in the laboratory
animal science field. Since the field is changing rapidly, with new knowledge,
techniques, and concepts being introduced daily, it is essential that you, as
an animal caregiver, remain on the cutting edge of your profession. The “R”
(registered) in front of the certification acronym will be your entitlement of
Registry participation. It will be a visible distinction on name tags, resumes,
and business cards indicating your dedication to your professional development
and to the well being of the animals in your care.
If you obtain AALAS certification at any level, you will automatically become
“registered” for a two-year period. You will receive both Registry
and Certification cards from the AALAS office shortly after your exam
date. Once you are entered into the Registry, you must acquire the required
number of CEUs for your certification level by the expiration date of your Registry
period (ALAT: 10, LAT: 14, and LATG: 24). This expiration date can be found
on your Registry card. CEUs can be earned by participating in example CE activities. The Certification & Registry Board (CRB) committee perform yearly audits of registered technicians. If a technician is selected they will be required to provide supporting documentation for all CEUs submitted. Therefore technicians should maintain all CEU supporting documents for at least 3 years.
Participants who are not AALAS members will also be assessed a $40 non-refundable
administrative fee for each subsequent two-year period of Registry status; participation
is free to AALAS members. Documentation of all CEUs must be submitted to the
AALAS office using the AALAS Certification Registry CEU
Submission Form; the administrative fee must be submitted along with your
If you do not fulfill all requirements for renewing your Registry status, the
“R” portion of the “Registered” certification acronym
will be forfeited. (Example: if you lost your status as an RLAT, your certification
would then revert to an LAT.) Also, your name would be removed from the Registry
list that is published in the AALAS Reference Directory.
More information about the Technician Certification Registry can be found in
the Technician Certification Handbook. If you have questions about the technician
certification program or the Registry, contact the Professional Development
Ordering Replacement Certificates
If you have lost your certificate, you may order a replacement. Replacements certificates cost $20. Send payment along with the following information:
You may submit your order by mail, phone, or fax. Mail requests (pay by check) to:
Attention: Nancy Dorcy
9190 Crestwyn Hills Dr
Memphis, TN 38125-8538
Fax and phone requests are payable by credit card.