American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)


Credential: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

Renewal Period: 2 years

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) is an entry-level certification. The ALAT certification provides a framework for learning, a source of self-confidence, and professional recognition for animal technicians. Applicants should have knowledge in the following areas; Animal Husbandry, Health, and Welfare; and Facility Administration and Management. Applicants must meet education and/or experience requirements to qualify to sit for the exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

9190 Crestwyn Hills Drive
Memphis, TN  38125-8538

Phone: (901) 754-8620

Fax: (901) 753-0046
Email: info@aalas.org

Education and/or Experience REQUIREMENTS

Option 1:

Applicant must have an associate or baccalaureate degree and six months of laboratory animal science experience.

Option 2:

Applicant must have a high school diploma and one year of laboratory animal science experience.

Option 3:

Applicants with no high school diploma must have two years laboratory animal science experience.

Written Exam

  • Animal Husbandry, Health & Welfare (66%-92%)
    • Identification of Animals
    • Species Specifics
    • Breeding
    • Nutrition
    • Husbandry Practices
    • Sanitation, Disease Prevention and Control
    • Clinical, Health and Research Procedures
    • Formulas and Calculations
    • Animal Welfare
  • Facility Administration & Management (8%-34%)
    • Documentation and Record Maintenance
    • Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
    • Fiscal Management
    • Facilities Operations and Management
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Employee Management and Training
    • Interpersonal Relations

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certificants must submit 10 CEUs and pay a Registry renewal fee every 2 years to remain certified.

Additional considerations for the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) include:

  • Applicants are required to have experience in a laboratory animal facility.  A laboratory animal facility is defined as any institution or organization that:
    • Uses or supplies live animals for research, testing or for educational purposes; or
    • Produces, purchases, or transports live laboratory animals in commerce; or
    • Receives funds under a grant, award, loan, or contract from private industry, benevolent organizations, or from a department, agency or instrumentality of the United States for the purpose of carrying out research, tests, or education.

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

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Star

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

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ANSI

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ICAC

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NCCA

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IAS

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty
ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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Updated: December 03, 2019
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