WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Purdue University Global said more than 1,800 people have registered for its free contact tracing course.
Four hundred of those have received a certificate of completion.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials said the state of Indiana does not meet the standard for contact tracers.
The organization noted Indiana needs around 2,000 contact tracers to safely track down COVID-19 cases.
As we previously reported Purdue University Global is trying to speed up those qualified by offering its free, at your own pace, six to eight hour course until the end of September.
Melissa Burdi is the dean and vice president of the Purdue University Global School of Nursing.
She said all places of work should employ contact tracers.
"They can take their certification of completion and seek out opportunities to become contact tracers and again it is a matter of businesses looking to bring on contact tracers to promote the safe integration back into society," said Burdi."
CBS News said contact tracers can make between 15-22 dollars an hour.
Contact tracers identify infected people, contact them, and warn people of their potential exposure.
Burdi said contact tracers are vital to slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19.
"It's a wonderful educational opportunity to really have current information on the coronavirus, learn about contact tracing and its a methodology that has been in place for many many years," said Burdi. "It is not new. It's great for someone who really wants to be part of the fight against the spread."