Technician Certification Resources

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. 

Technician Certification Handbook  -

To prepare for your exam, you should study the following resources for your desired level of certification:

• Training manual

• ECO/reference list

• Training manual workbook/Learning Library course

The exam questions are derived from the training manuals and reference lists.  Resources provided by AALAS can be purchased from

Exam Content Outlines - These outlines are intended as both a teaching guide for instructors and a study guide for exam candidates. However, formal classroom study is not sufficient preparation on for taking the certification exam. Work experience in an animal facility is also necessary for exam preparation, and in fact is one of the exam eligibility requirements. Ideally, work experience should include rotation through all areas of the animal facility to give the most opportunity for developing skills and knowledge related to a variety of species and work functions. 



Exam Content Outlines (ECOs) and Reference Lists for the ALAT, LAT, and LATG are located here:

Reference Lists - What I should be studying for my certification exams

 Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) Reference List

  • ALAT Training Manual. American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. 2009
  • Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th edition. National Research Council. Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources. National Academy Press, Washington, DC. 2011. ISBN 0-3090-5377-3,


Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) Level Reference List


Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) Level Reference List

  • Plus all ALAT & LAT materials
  • LATG Training Manual. American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. 2007
  • Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals. National Research Council, Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1997. ISBN 0-3090-5299-8,


Application Form:

CEU Submission Form:

Repeat/Extension Application Form - This application form must be typed or legibly printed in ink. Application forms must be completed accurately and according to instructions. Illegible applications will be rejected and applicants will be notified by mail. If you have any questions about completing this application, please contact AALAS’ Certification Department at (901) 754-8620 or e-mail

Certificate Reprint Form   - There is a $30 fee per certificate

CE Activity List:


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