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Whether you are a medical laboratory scientist, medical laboratory technician, or other type of lab professional, the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) is here to help you maintain your certification and excel in your career!

As the oldest and largest certification agency for laboratory professionals, the BOC has certified more than 490,000 individuals since it was established and has become the gold standard for certification of clinical laboratory personnel. ASCP's 2013 Wage Survey of U.S. Clinical Laboratories found that certified laboratory professionals earn more than their non-certified counterparts.  

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Qualification in Laboratory Informatics, QLI

Application Fee: $225

Competency in laboratory informatics must be demonstrated through completion of a project. The purpose of this qualification is to assess the competency of the examinee in the technical application of relevant laboratory informatics workflow. The work project candidate will be required to demonstrate the following competencies for LI qualification:

  • Analysis of your system architecture and dataflow
  • Analysis of scenarios related to the following:
    • ADT Functions
    • Print Jobs
    • Medical Device Interfaces
    • Upgrade Validation
    • Databases
    • Administration

Eligibility Requirements:

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

Route 1: ASCP technologist/scientist or specialist certification, AND a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university, AND one year* of full time acceptable experience in Laboratory Informatics in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory** within the last four years; OR

Route 2: MLT(ASCP) or HT(ASCP) certification, AND one year* full time acceptable experience in Laboratory Informatics in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory** within the last four years, AND two years of full time acceptable clinical laboratory experience in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory**; OR

Route 3: Baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college/university including 16 semester (24 quarter) hours of biological science with one semester of microbiology, 16 semester (24 quarter) hours of chemistry with one semester in organic or biochemistry, one semester (one quarter) of mathematics, AND one year* full time acceptable experience in Laboratory Informatics in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory** within the last four years, AND two years of full time acceptable clinical laboratory experience in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory** .

*The one year experience may include a three month clinical practicum offered through an accredited college/university, AND nine months of experience.

**CMS CLIA certificate of registration, compliance, accreditation; AND/OR
CAP, AABB, Joint Commission accreditation; OR
JCI accreditation; OR
Accreditation under ISO 15189

To fulfill experience for the Qualification in Laboratory Informatics, the candidate must document experience within the last four years in seven of the nine categories below:

  • Bidirectional Interfaces: system to instrument (e.g., analysis of interface messages)
  • Bidirectional Interfaces: system to system (e.g., analysis of interface messages)
  • Coding and nomenclature systems
  • Computer system and data quality assurance
  • Database administration
  • Hardware/software change management and quality control
  • Informatics system disaster recovery
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Security: physical data and administrative control
  • Software installation, validation and maintenance

Experience is also required in six of the fourteen categories below:

  • Autoverification support
  • Billing and charge capture
  • Budgeting and cost/benefit analysis
  • Data mining
  • Database administration
  • Hardware installation and maintenance
  • Information system selection and procurement
  • LIS user teaching/training
  • Management reports
  • Middleware
  • Network and data communications
  • Regulatory compliance for clinical information systems and data
  • Rule writing and calculations
  • System analysis

Use of Qualification: 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, QLI (for individuals qualified in laboratory informatics)
  • Mary Smith, CT(ASCP)QLI (for individuals who are qualified and who are also ASCP certified)

Time Limits and Revalidation: Candidates who complete the qualification process, including completion of the eligibility requirements and successful completion of the work sample project will receive documentation of their qualification which is valid for three years. This Qualification may be revalidated every three years upon payment of a $50 application fee and completion of 6 contact hours of acceptable continuing education / other activities in the area of the Qualification.


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