HIV Education and Training Programs

Question and Answers

What is the difference between a Regional Training Center and Center of Expertise?

Regional Training Centers (RTC) deliver trainings in their specific geographical region for non-clinical health and human service providers working in the HIV/AIDS field. Trainings are provided in various regions throughout upstate and downstate New York.

  • New York City
  • Long Island
  • Mid-Hudson
  • Capital District/North Country
  • Central & Southern Tier
  • Finger Lakes
  • Western NY

Centers of Expertise (COE) are designated as experts in a specific topic and travel throughout New York State to offer specialized trainings.

The Centers of Expertise provide HIV-related training on one of these specialized topics:

  • Sexual Health & Gender Identity
  • Aging & HIV, STIs, and Viral Hepatitis
  • Managing Patients with Co-occurring Disorders of Substance Use, Mental Health, and Trauma
  • Case Management
  • Legal

How do I register for training?

HIV Education and Training Program of the AIDS Institute is pleased to announce a new Online Registration System for non physician HIV/STI/Viral Hepatitis Trainings.

Some important features of the new Online Registration System:

  • easy to use
  • one stop shopping - register for any trainings offered through the HIV Education and Training Program
  • keeps track of all the trainings you have attended
  • allows you to print out your own course completion documentation
  • east to remember URL -

First time visitors will be required to set up a user account and password. You will receive email correspondence from

Please visit the Online Registration System at the following URL:

For more information on clinical trainings, please visit

How do I obtain more information about HIV trainings in my region?

To learn more about trainings in your region, contact the center in your area or visit the center's website to view their calendar online.

Who is eligible to attend the Statewide trainings?

The trainings listed are intended for a wide variety of professionals and peers who offer HIV prevention to at risk individuals or health/social services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Each course has a unique audience. To find out if a particular course is appropriate for you, please read the course description and review the section which outlines the intended audience.

Including Health and Human Service Providers who are:

  • HIV/AIDS service providers and new staff to the HIV/AIDS field
  • Staff who provide HIV counseling and testing
  • HIV Case Managers including COBRA Case Managers
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Outreach Professionals/Prevention Educator/Trainer

For additional assistance about what training to attend contact a training center in your region.

HIV/AIDS Provider and New to the HIV/AIDS Field

Does New York State certify staff to provide HIV testing?

No. New York State does not certify HIV test counselor/providers and the State Department of Health does not require training for staff. Training for non-clinical staff and staff who provide on site counselor training is recommended rather than required.

A NYS training will lay the groundwork and familiarize potential staff who offer HIV testing with the requirements of the law. Participants who attend New York State DOH AIDS Institute training receive a letter of attendance. This letter of attendance does not imply that the individual is certified or competent as an HIV test counselor/provider. The letter only implies that the participant attended the course.