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

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.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68T Animal Care Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)

Eligibility Requirements ()

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

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

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 2 years

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

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

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)

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.

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)

  • 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

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 page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

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.

Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)

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.