Thank you for your interest in becoming a TST Approved Certified Instructor.  Please review the process below:

 

TST Instructor

TST Instructor candidates must be either an RN, LPN, NP, PA, MD, or DO and have experience in Tuberculosis Control.

Qualifications

Candidates must meet the following criteria to become an Approved Certified TST Instructor:

  1. Be knowledgeable in all aspects of TB including history, epidemiology, transmission, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
  2. Have experience administering, reading and interpreting TB skin tests.
  3. Be certified to Read & Administer TB Skin tests for a period of at least 24 months in the previous 6 years.
  4. Hold a current TST certification.

 

Application Requirements

  1. Provide proof of at least 24 months of practice with TST read and administer certification.
  2. Successfully complete a TTT Workshop with a certified Master Regional Trainer (MRT), at the time of or after recertification.
  3. Complete and submit the TST Instructor Application and Biographical Data/Conflict of Interest online form (link to online form will be emailed after approval).
  4. Provide proof of completion of the CDC Core Curriculum on TB. Please see below for more information.
  5. Obtain email approval with instructions on how to access the Instructor Portal and obtain training materials.

The Instructor application review and approval process can take up to 30 days.  Once the approval process is complete, you will be notified by email and provided further instructions.

 

Please Note:  During the approval process timeframe, you are INELIGIBLE to schedule or conduct a TST Workshop. 

Consequences for conducting a workshop prior to completion of the review process and approval date, will include, but are not limited to:

1. Disqualification of the applicant from becoming a TST Instructor.

2. Disqualification of all workshop participants from a class held before the instructor was approved from obtaining continuing education and TST certification.

 

Please contact us with any questions.

Effective February 1, 2017:

All new TST instructors (those who plan to take the TTT Workshop after 1/31/17) will need to complete the entire CDC Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis: What the Clinician Should Know, before they may begin teaching TST workshops.

Why do I need to do this? Completion of this requirement will ensure that all instructors are competent and knowledgeable with regards to TB epidemiology, transmission/pathogenesis, testing, diagnosis, and infection control. In addition, it will give new instructors access to another reference tool that can be used while teaching the TST Workshop.

Where can I find the CDC Core Curriculum? New instructors should go to this website to complete Chapters 1-7 of the Interactive Core Curriculum online.

Are CEs available with this course? Yes, continuing education credits are available and optional for the participant. CE certificates can also be used as proof of Core Curriculum completion.

What if I need help with the material? The PDF book as well as the accompanying PowerPoint slide set can be found here. We encourage new instructors to use these resources when completing the Core Curriculum online and while teaching the TST Workshop. If you are struggling with a question or concept, please contact Helen McGuirk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 517-284-4957) or your TTT Instructor.

When should I have the Core Curriculum completed by? The Core Curriculum can be completed before or after you attend your TTT Workshop. Be aware that your TST instructor status will be withheld until proof of completion of the Core Curriculum is provided.

  

What are acceptable forms of proof of completion? A screen shot or PDF of the certificate given at the end of the course, or the CE certificate (if you choose to receive continuing education credits).

  

How do I show proof of completion? Those who take the TTT Workshop after 1/31/17 must send proof of Core Curriculum completion to Kathryn Wilton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We suggest all three of the following items be sent at the same time, in the same email, for faster processing:

  • Proof of Core Curriculum completion
  • Instructor application
  • BIO form 

If you send your proof of Core Curriculum completion at a different time from the Instructor application and BIO form, then you must include the date of the TTT Workshop you attended (or plan to attend) and the instructor’s name.

I am currently a TST Instructor, do I need to complete the Core Curriculum? No, proof of Core Curriculum completion does NOT apply to current instructors who have taken the TTT workshop prior to February 1, 2017. However, we highly recommend that all of our TST instructors complete the Core Curriculum.

I was an instructor but let my status lapse, do I need to complete the Core Curriculum if I want to teach again? Yes, if you let your instructor status lapse (did not renew within the 24 month time period) then you will need to complete the Core Curriculum on TB in addition to the TTT workshop if you wish to teach the TST Workshop again.

What if I choose not to do this? If you choose not to complete the CDC Core Curriculum on TB you will not be awarded instructor status, will not be able to schedule a workshop, nor will you be able to access instructor materials.