The self-paced training program for HIV testers in Maryland

Brought to you by the Maryland Department of Health and Alive! Maryland, the TLC: Testing and Linkage to Care program is required for anyone wishing to provide HIV testing services at a Maryland Department of Health-funded entity in Maryland. There are three (3) components of the TLC program.


TLC eLearning Course

This 6 module self-paced eLearning course provides a baseline foundation for learners who may be new to HIV testing or need basic information about testing and linkage to care. Each module contains knowledge checks to assist the learner with their knowledge acquisition. A post test is required to complete the eLearning course and a score of at least 80% is required.


TLC Supplemental Sessions

A series of four (4) supplemental self-guided sessions that cover additional topics of interest to HIV testers in the State of Maryland. These supplemental sessions cover the following topics:

  • Testing Technologies
  • ACTS and Intersections of IPV/DV 
  • Partner Services and Cultural Empathy
  • Managing Client Reactions

Each learner is required to participate in each supplemental session.


Simulation Assessment

After successfully completing the eLearning course and the four supplemental self-guided sessions a learner must participate in a simulation assessment. The assessment is a one-on-one facilitated assessment where the tester will demonstrate proficiency using fingerstick and/or oral swab tests for a trainer facilitator. Upon completion of the simulation assessment the learner will receive a certificate of completion and a tester ID# will be generated by the Maryland Department of Health.


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