Benefits of TST Certification
- You and your facility would be in compliance with MIOSHA guidelines and CDC recommendations for TST certification.
- You could earn up to 4 continuing education hours (if qualified, more information on CE Info page).
- The cost of the class is minimal or free.
- Certification lasts for two years.
- It looks great on your resume; many facilities in Michigan are now making TST certification a requirement for new hires.
- By increasing your knowledge of TB and the TST, you will be more able to identify people with latent TB infection and refer them for evaluation and treatment as appropriate.
- You would join a group of highly-trained health-care professionals in the fight for TB elimination!
On page 11, point F.2 of the linked document, it states “Administering, reading, and interpreting of the tuberculin skin tests shall be performed by a qualified individual as described in the CDC Guidelines.” The “CDC Guidelines” are defined in point E. on the same page, and refer to the 2005 MMWR publication titled ‘Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005,’ available here.
The following sections of the CDC guidelines support the MIOSHA guidelines and specify the knowledge and skills CDC considers essential for qualification to administer, read and interpret the TST:
- Suggested Components of an Initial TB Training and Education Program for HCWs (page 14)
- Training and Educating HCWs (page 27)
- QC Program for Techniques for TST Administration (page 47)
- Reading TST Results (page 47)
- QC for Administering TST by the Mantoux Method (page 48)
- Model TST Training Program (page 48).
Health care settings should be familiar with the MIOSHA requirements for staff training and competencies, and how they would apply to a given setting. Thus, we strongly recommend our workshop as the standard for assuring staff are trained and competent to place and read the TST appropriately.