Free, High Quality Training at Your Convenience

This series of free, interactive modules, developed by APHL in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, promotes competency, quality and safety in common mycobacteriology testing practices. Designed for laboratorians at all levels of experience, each module in the series is complimented by references and resources. Modules are available in PDF format for use in laboratory training programs.

Users are encouraged to view the modules as frequently as needed. Additional modules are now in development. Please check this site frequently for new content.

Training Modules:

Overview of Tuberculosis

Laboratory Safety: Work Practices for Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Specimen Collection, Transport, Handling, and Processing

AFB Smear Microscopy

Overview of Mycobacterial Culture, Identification, and Drug Susceptibility Testing

Mycobacterial Culture

Identification of Mycobacteria

Drug Susceptibility Testing for MTB Complex

Molecular Biology 101

Molecular Detection and Identification of Mycobacteria

Molecular Detection of Drug Resistance


APHL sincerely thanks all who contributed their time and subject matter expertise to develop and produce these courses.

Project Leaders

Content Development

This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement # U60HM000803 from CDC and/or Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC and/or Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.