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International Certification and Qualification


ASCPi Certification & Qualification: Our Global Response to a Changing World

International Credentials through ASCPi help you stay focused on work and education priorities no matter where you’re located.

ASCP offers its gold standard credentials in the form of international certification to eligible individuals worldwide. The ASCPi credential certifies professional competency among new and practicing laboratory personnel in an effort to contribute globally to the highest standards of patient safety. Graduates of medical laboratory science programs outside the United States are challenged with content that mirrors the standards of excellence established by ASCP exams. The ASCPi credential carries the weight of eighty years of expertise in clinical laboratory professional certification.

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International Qualification in Laboratory Operations, (QLO)

QLO is limited to those individuals who are living in select PEPFAR countries and are not eligible for ASCPi. (See PDF “Select Countries Listing”.)

To be eligible for this Qualification, an applicant must satisfy the requirements of at least one of the following routes:

Route 1: Completion of a CDC/MOH sponsored medical laboratory training workshop (e.g., ASCP, CLSI, APHL, ASM) OR

Route 2: Minimum of one year experience in a medical laboratory within the last three years. Experience must be documented by a supervisor.

Maximum number of examination attempts: You are permitted to take the QLO examination a total of three times under one route. If you are unsuccessful after three attempts, you are ineligible for further examination under the same route.

This Qualification will not, in itself, entitle the individual to membership in ASCP. Individuals must be ASCP certified as a technician, technologist or specialist to be eligible for ASCP membership. Individuals who have been qualified may indicate this qualification through the use of initials in the following manner:

  • Mary Smith, QLO (for individuals qualified in laboratory operations)