Laboratory Training FAQs

What is CDC TRAIN?

CDC TRAINExternalexternal icon is CDC’s external learning management system (LMS) — a learning resource for public health professionals and an affiliate of the Public Health FoundationExternalexternal icon. CDC TRAIN is available to learners across the public health community including public health practitioners, healthcare professionals, laboratory staff members, epidemiologists, veterinarians, first responders, educators, and students. Participants may consider the following recommendations when registering through CDC TRAIN:

  • Register for live and on-demand courses
  • Create learning plans
  • Apply and receive Continuing Education credits
  • Sign up for notifications of new courses
  • View archived seminars and live events at CDC

How do I register for a FREE account on CDC TRAIN?

  1. Go to CDC TRAINExternalexternal icon
  2. Click on Create Account
  3. Check I agree to these TRAIN policies
  4. Click Next
  5. On the Group Selectionpage, select CDC Portal and click on Select Groups
  6. Choose Lab Trainingfrom the drop-down menu
  7. Click Submit
  8. Click Next
  9. Fill out Professional Roles to receive relevant courses
  10. Complete the registration process

A confirmation email with a link will be sent. Be sure to check junk/spam folders. Open the email and copy/paste the link to activate the account. To add professional licenses, go to My Account-> Licenses. The license number will be included on the certificates of completion.

I’m having trouble with CDC TRAIN. Who do I contact?

Please contact CDC TRAIN at

How do I register for course or event? How do I launch it?

  1. Log in to CDC TrainExternalexternal icon and type in the keyword, course name, or course ID into search box (upper right side of the screen).
  2. Click on course Title to view the course details
  3. Click on the Registration tab and select the type of credits offered.
  4. Click on Launch to open the course. A pre-test may be required before the course opens.

How should I add CDC Laboratory Training to my TRAIN account as a provider? Why?

CDC Laboratory Training releases numerous eLearning, live hands-on, and live webinar events every month. Adding CDC Laboratory Training to a TRAIN account will allow registered users to receive emails about new and upcoming events/courses. To add CDC Laboratory Training to your TRAIN account as a provider, consider the following steps:

  1. Log in to CDC TRAINExternalexternal icon
  2. Click on My Account (upper right corner)
  3. Click on the Groups tab
  4. Click on Select Groups
  5. Select Laboratory Training from the drop-down menu
  6. Click on Save and Back

Live Workshops

Who can sign up for live workshops at CDC?

Live workshops are open to local, state, national, and international laboratory professionals who meet certain criteria. When registering for a workshop, student credentials will be required, along with a pre-test to determine if the workshop is appropriate. Students who are selected will be notified via email.

Who decides if I am eligible for a live workshop?

The CDC Laboratory Training staff consists of active laboratory professionals with a variety of backgrounds. These specialists, along with the instructor(s) review every application to determine the most qualified candidates to attend live workshops.

Where do the live workshops take place?

Most workshops are normally held at the main CDC campus at 1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027. Other live workshops are held throughout the continental United States.

What normally happens during a live workshop?

The workshops generally have a lecture and a hands-on laboratory portion that takes place in one of the Biosafety Levels 1,2, or 3 training labs. Students will receive hands-on experience with familiar laboratory equipment such as pipettes, BioSafety Cabinets, PCR machines, and more.

What equipment do I need to participate in a live webinar from CDC?

  • Computer with a broadband internet connection
  • Headphones or speakers

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Page last reviewed: January 23, 2019