Professional Development and Training

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Professional Development and Training

Workforce issues are among the most pressing challenges facing laboratories today. APHL offers a host of services to develop the complex skill sets demanded in laboratories that perform testing of public health significance.


The National Laboratory Training Network (NLTN) is a unique resource for laboratory-specific continuing education via traditional “wet” workshops, distance learning programs, laboratory workshops "to go" and other on-demand training. 

Since our laboratory does not report directly to the state public health laboratory, we often missed out on news about important laboratory initiatives, training opportunities, as well as innumerable opportunities to learn from our peers. Because of APHL, that is no longer the case.


Sara Beatrice, PhD

Assistant Commissioner
New York City Public Health Laboratories

The National Center for Public Health Laboratory Leadership (NCPHLL) helps members build skills in management, communications, policy development, marketing, budgeting, problem-solving and entrepreneurship. Sample activities include a risk communications workshop and leadership forums on timely issues such as bioterrorism preparedness and fiscal challenges.

APHL's more than a dozen active committees and workgroups offer the opportunity to advance issues of particular importance to members, while giving individuals a measure of national recognition that will also advance careers.

The APHL annual meeting and periodic technical conferences and colloquia provide regular opportunities to stay abreast of regulatory and technical issues that affect public laboratories, while also networking.

The Job Center is available to member employers at discounted rates and at no cost to job seekers. This is an efficient and economical way to find a job or to recruit qualified candidates for laboratory positions.

The association’s Global Health program offers members the opportunity to strengthen and diversify their professional experience by providing technical assistance in under-resourced nations or serving as a consultant to develop laboratory training modules.