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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 Safety, QLS

Application Fee: $225

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

Route 1: ASCP Board of Certification technologist/scientist or specialist certification AND at least six (6) months acceptable experience in laboratory safety in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory* within the last five years; OR

Route 2: MLT(ASCP) or HT(ASCP) certification AND twelve (12) months acceptable experience in laboratory safety in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory* within the last five years; OR

Route 3: Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university AND eighteen (18) months of acceptable experience in Laboratory Safety in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory* within the last five years.

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

To fulfill the experience requirement for the Qualification in Laboratory Safety examination, you must have experience, within the last five years, in 4 of the 8 following areas:

  • Biohazard control (i.e. bloodborne pathogens, infection control)
  • Chemical safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Fire safety
  • First aid
  • Physical and environmental (i.e. electrical, equipment, spills, waste management, shipping)
  • Safety management (i.e. risk assessment, monitoring, safety committee)
  • Training and education

Direct performance, training and/or management/supervision of Laboratory Safety procedures are acceptable in meeting the experience requirements.

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, QLS (for individual qualified in laboratory safety)
  • Mary Smith, MLS(ASCP)CMQLS (for individuals who are qualified and who are also ASCP)

Time Limits and Revalidation: Candidates who complete the qualification process, including completion of the eligibility requirements and successful completion of the 50 item online examination 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.