Relationship Testing Collection Training Module

Updated for the 16th Edition of AABB's Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories. Earn a Certificate of Training from AABB and be included on the list of qualified collection suppliers updated quarterly and made available to AABB Accredited Relationship Testing Laboratories worldwide in the members-only section of the AABB website.

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AABB offers a certificate course for individuals who would like to be recognized as AABB-trained sample collectors for relationship testing purposes. This web-based course was developed by subject-matter and quality expert, Marsha Deitz, MBA, MLS (ASCP), CQA (ASQ), who is also AABB's Director of Relationship Testing and Forensics.

Program Goal

To educate collectors on the requirements for collection of samples, improve quality, and provide accredited facilities with resources for collection of samples.

Learning Outcomes

Course will teach individuals the proper controlled process for obtaining a sample for relationship testing. Topics include:

  • Quality Control
  • New & Updated: Consent
  • New & Updated: Identification Requirements
  • Sampling
  • Chain of custody documentation
  • Common Errors
  • Secure transport to the testing laboratory
  • New & Updated: Requirements for immigration cases
  • Promotional Material Requirements

Course Format

  • Learn straight from AABB's Director of Relationship Testing and Forensics!
  • Self-paced, online, audio-visual program that takes approximately an hour and a half to complete.
  • A pre-test is provided as a pdf file to review prior to watching the video.
  • A post-test is accessed after viewing the video. 80% correct on the post-test is required for successful completion.
  • Two attempts to pass the post-test are provided. If the learner fails the first attempt, he/she will be prompted to review the training video again before completing the 2nd attempt. If unsuccessful on the 2nd attempt, AABB provides an opportunity for a retake which provides two additional attempts. See “Retake Fee” below for more information.
  • Successful individuals will earn a Certificate of Training from AABB and, provided that the individual complies with the requirements provided during the training course, will be included on the list of qualified collection suppliers updated quarterly and made available to AABB Accredited Relationship Testing Laboratories worldwide in the members-only section of the AABB website. The certificate is valid for the duration of the current edition of the AABB Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories (valid through December 31, 2025). AABB reserves the right to remove non-compliant collectors from the list.

Current edition: 16th Edition
Effective date: January 1, 2024
Expiration date: December 31, 2025
Revision cycle: 24 months (January of even numbered years)

How to Register & Access

Register online through the AABB Store. Once purchased, immediate access is granted via the AABB Education Platform at (simply use the username and password used when registering for the program). Within the AABB Education Platform, the program is found under “My Courses” after clicking on the “My Learning Programs” section. An automated email will also be sent that provides the access link and instructions.

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Please note: Access to the program belongs exclusively to the person named during the registration process. That person may transfer the registration to someone else as long as the program has not been accessed and/or completed. The transfer must be in writing from the original registrant and must be received no later than the final registration date (send via email to Once the program is completed and a certificate has been issued, the certificate cannot be transferred.

Registration Fees*

December 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024: $109
January 1, 2025 - June 30, 2025: $69
July 1, 2025 - December 15, 2025: $39

Retake Fee
Learners are provided two (2) attempts to successfully pass the certificate program quiz. If after both attempts a learner does not achieve the minimum score, the learner will not be able to receive a certificate of completion. AABB provides the opportunity for a retake (2 additional quiz attempts) at a reduced price ($35 member/nonmember). Retakes are only valid through the current certificate program edition and cannot be extended or applied to the next edition of the certificate program. Please contact the AABB eLearning team at for a retake registration form.

Program Waiver/Grandfathering

The AABB does not grandfather any existing credentials or offer training reciprocity for any credentials, prior training or related experience for the Relationship Testing Collection Training Program. In order to receive the certificate of training, all registrants must successfully complete the program.


All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to There will be no refunds for cancellations if the program is accessed.


Contact the AABB eLearning Department:
Phone: +1.301.215.6482

   *Prices subject to change.