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U.S. Certification

The Board of Certification provides excellence in certification of laboratory professionals.

The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) is a recognized leader in certification of medical laboratory professionals. By earning credentials from the ASCP BOC, laboratory professionals demonstrate their competence to carry out their responsibilities in this critical profession. In turn, they reap the benefits of better job prospects, higher salaries and the respect of colleagues. Long considered the “gold standard,” BOC certification is sought out by seven times as many laboratory professionals as any other lab professional credentialing organization.  

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Certification by the ASCP Board of Certification

You're serious about your career. That's why certification by the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) is important to you. It serves as a symbol of your commitment to the highest standards of your profession and to quality patient care.

Since 1928, ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) (formerly the ASCP Board of Registry) has been widely recognized as the preeminent leader in the certification of medical laboratory professionals. Today, BOC offers a formal certification process that requires education, clinical training and experience, and successful completion of the certification examination for Technicians, Technologists, Specialists, and Diplomates in Laboratory Management.

The BOC Certification Process

Congratulations on your decision to apply for certification by the ASCP Board of Certification! Let's get started, but first there's some work that you need to do before you can take the examination. Please read and follow the instructions in each tabbed section in order to properly complete the entire certification process.

Procedures Booklet

This procedures booklet contains complete information on eligibility requirements, application guidelines and examination procedures.

    Identify the examination you're applying for and determine your eligibility.

    For each certification category, you'll find a choice of routes that you must meet to establish your eligibility for the examination. You are required to choose a route of eligibility depending on the education and training you've completed. Be sure you meet the eligibility requirements as stated and are able to provide the appropriate documentation before submitting your application and application fee. Application fees are non-refundable. (Remember: You can only apply for one category within a three-month period.) Find out the eligibility requirements for your category:

    • Technician Certification (PBT, HT, MLT, DPT)
    • Technologist/Scientist Certification (BB, C, CG, CT, H, HTL, MLS, M, MB)
    • Specialist Certification (SBB, SC, SCT, SH, SM, PA)
    • Diplomate Certification (DLM)

          Note: Requirements and fees stated are subject to change without notice

          IMPORTANT INFORMATION: AS OF JUNE 1, 2014, THE BOARD OF CERTIFICATION WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT THE RELEASE FORM (PDF) REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION SCORES MAILED/EMAILED TO A THIRD PARTY. VISIT EXAMINATION RESULTS PROCEDURES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

          Results for California and New York Licensure examination only are automatically submitted to the appropriate state licensing board upon completion of the examination. It is not necessary to place a verification order through the ASCP website to submit your licensure exam results to the California or New York State licensing boards.

          NOTE: If you require BOTH certification AND licensure APPLY FROM THIS SITE ONLY. DO NOT APPLY UNDER THE LICENSURE SECTION OF THIS WEB SITE.

            Gather your education and experience documentation.

            You'll need to provide documentation of your education and training and specified experience requirements that you've fulfilled in your area of specialization. Before you apply for the examination, you must obtain all documentation necessary to establish your eligibility. Documentation needed to:

            Apply for the examination

            MLS, MLT, CG, HT, HTL, MB, PA and SBB applicants from NAACLS/ABHES/CAAHEP accredited programs are required to submit an official transcript from a regionally accredited college/university bearing the seal of the college/university, the signature of the Registrar and the date your degree was conferred. This transcript must be submitted to our office upon completion of all degree requirements. An official transcript verifying the date degree was conferred is required before your examination scores will be emailed to you. If you do not submit an official transcript from a regionally accredited college/university bearing the seal of the college/university, the signature of the Registrar and the date your degree was conferred, within one (1) year from the date of your certification examination, your examination score will be invalidated. If you wish to become ASCP certified, you must meet present day requirements, submit an application, application fee, and pass the certification examination.

            All other applicants: BEFORE you apply for certification examination, you must obtain all documentation necessary to establish your eligibility i.e. experience documentation forms(s), training documentation form(s), letter(s) of authenticity, official transcript(s) verifying the appropriate degree, notarized or official certificate(s) of training (if required) and foreign transcript evaluation (if your education is outside of the U.S.) must be submitted to our office at the time of application. Do not submit documentation forms and/or transcripts in advance of application. Faxed experience documentation form(s) and letter(s) of authenticity will not be accepted.

            Application fees are non-refundable. Be sure you choose the correct category of examination and you meet the eligibility requirements as stated and are able to provide the appropriate documentation when submitting your application form and application fee. If you determine that you have applied for an incorrect certification examination, our office will be unable to change the category of examination. Applications will be processed within 45 days of receipt. If documentation establishing eligibility is not received within 45 days, you will be deleted from the examination process. Application fees are non-refundable.

            Complete and submit the application form with the non-refundable application fee, along with all the documentation you gathered in the Documentation step. We offer two options:

            • If you are paying by credit card or PayPal, you must apply online.

              Submit all documentation required to establish eligibility to:
              ASCP Board of Certification
              33 W. Monroe St., Suite 1600
              Chicago, IL 60603
               
            • Mail your check or money order along with the appropriate PDF application and all documentation required to establish your eligibility to the ASCP BOC (mailing instructions are in the application):

            Note: The BOC offers suggested application dates for approved school applicants from Accredited Training Programs.

            Certification, if granted, may be revoked at any time and the applicant may be barred from admission to take future certification examinations if it is established that the information contained in, or supplied in support of, an application for examination is inaccurate in any material respect, if the applicant engages in any inappropriate conduct during the examination (such as giving or obtaining unauthorized information or aid) or if the applicant misrepresents or misuses the applicant’s certification status at any time.

              When the status of your examination application changes (i.e., is determined deficient, ineligible, eligible, etc.) you will receive a notification sent to the email you provided on your application informing you to login to your ASCP account for specific information /details regarding the status of your application. All notifications regarding the status of your application (from submission to examination results) are accessed by logging into your ASCP account.

              To access your ASCP account:

              1. Go to www.ascp.org/login
              2. Login using your ASCP Customer User ID (8 digit number) & Password (for login assistance contact ASCP Customer Service 800.267.2727)
              3. Scroll down and click on the BOC Activities icon
              4. Scroll down and click on the View Application Status link
              5. Click on the Show Details button to view the current status of your application

              All notifications from the ASCP Board of Certification informing an applicant to login to their account to view important information regarding the status of their application are sent via email. It is your responsibility to keep your email address current. Update the email address in your record by logging on to the ASCP website and clicking on “Profiles & Setting”. Failure to keep the ASCP Board of Certification informed of your current email address will result in the non-receipt of important information and notifications regarding your application, scheduling the examination and receipt of scores.

                Schedule your examination.

                Once your application and eligibility documentation have been approved by the BOC, you'll receive email notification to login to view your Admission Notice. This notice admits you to the examination within a three-month eligibility period. Then, it's time to schedule your examination at a Pearson Professional Center. Visit the Pearson site for ASCP examinations to identify a location that's convenient for you. View Scheduling, Rescheduling, Cancellation Policy, and Reapplying for Examination.

                If you receive an email indicating you are ineligible for examination, you have the option of appealing this decision. View Ineligibility.

                  Study Preparation

                  To help you prepare for your certification or qualification examination, the following study materials and exam details are available:

                  Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Study Materials and Practice Tests.

                    Prepare for your examination day.

                    Review Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) method that is used by the BOC. To find out what to bring to examination center, please review What to Bring to the Examination Center.

                      Email Notification to View your Examination Score.

                      A notification to view your examination score by logging in to your ASCP account will be emailed to you two (2) business days after you have taken the examination. Review Examination Results Procedures.

                      Watch for your certificate.

                      You'll receive your certificate approximately three to five weeks after your examination date. This certificate is valid for three years. You'll also receive a booklet of information about Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) and the requirements for maintaining your certification. Review Certification Benefits & Expiration.

                      Change of Name and/or Email/Mailing Address

                      Email Address Change:
                      All notifications from the ASCP Board of Certification are delivered via email. It is your responsibility to keep your email address current. To update your email address, go to your ASCP Login and click on "Profiles and Settings." Failure to keep the Board of Certification informed of your current email address will result in non-receipt of important information.

                      Mailing Address Change:
                      It is your responsibility to keep your mailing address current. To update your mailing address go to your ASCP Login and click on “Profiles and Settings.” A valid mailing address must be provided prior to sitting for the examination in order to receive your wall certificate at the correct address. If your current address is not valid at the time of examination, it will be your responsibility to order and pay for a replacement certificate if necessary.

                      Name Change:
                      Name changes must be accompanied by a photocopy of official documentation (i.e., marriage license or court order).

                      • Online:
                        To submit a documented name change request online, click on The ASCP Customer Feedback Form, select the topic Change Name/Contact Information and the subject Name Change. You will be prompted to login. The name change screen allows you to upload your documents if you have them in electronic format and send them via email.
                      • By Mail:
                        OR you can print a cover letter and mail your name change document(s) to:
                        ASCP Board of Certification
                        33 W. Monroe St., Suite 1600
                        Chicago, IL 60603-5617
                        Attn: Name Change

                      Please allow 7-10 business days for processing documented name changes. You will be notified when your name change has been processed.

                      Name and/or address changes may not be made at the test center. Name changes or name corrections received in the ASCP Board of Certification office after the day you take the examination will not be reflected on your certificate. A fee will be charged if you request a new certificate.

                        The BOC Certification Process

                        Congratulations on your decision to apply for certification by the ASCP Board of Certification! Let's get started.

                        All correspondence from the ASCP Board of Certification is delivered via email. It is your responsibility to keep your email address current. Update your email address in your record by logging on to the ASCP website and clicking on "Profiles and Settings." Failure to keep the Board of Certification informed of your current email address will result in non-receipt of important information such as the status of your application, Admission Notice and Score Report.

                        Please read and follow the instructions under the appropriate certification category, as well as in each of the tabbed sections in order to properly complete the entire certification process.


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