BOC Landing Page

Certification Maintenance Program (CMP)

The BOC Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) promotes the continued competence of medical laboratory personnel.

In keeping with our ongoing commitment to assure the continued competence of medical laboratory personnel, the ASCP Board of Certification developed the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP). The CMP provides an opportunity to obtain a wide variety of learning experiences that demonstrate your professional competency and dedication to excellence in the work place. In addition to helping you maintain your professional certification, the CMP can help you stay current on developments in your field and provide opportunities for both professional and personal enrichment.

You’re serious about your career and your profession. That’s why you want to make sure you can document your competence by participating in the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) Certification Maintenance Program (CMP). When you add the initials (ASCP)CM or (ASCPi)CM after your name, your colleagues will know that you are committed to the highest standards of your profession. Please follow the instructions in each tabbed section to complete the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP).

The U.S. CMP is required for all individuals who are newly certified beginning January 1, 2004 as indicated here:

  • U.S. CMP

The International CMP is required for all individuals who are newly certified beginning January 1, 2012 as indicated here:

  • International CMP

Expired time-limited certifications may be reinstated as indicated here:

  • Expired Certification

For Steps on how to Synchronize Maintenance of Multiple Certifications, click here.

Please click here for frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP).

    For details and instructions for completing the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) please review the following:

      Complete the continuing competence activities that are required for your certification category and accumulate and save documentation for these activities during the three-year period following certification/recertification. This documentation will only be required if your Declaration Form is selected for audit.

      You may receive up to 2 points per year (max of 2 years and 4 points per recertification cycle) by submitting an Employer Assessment Form (PDF).

       

        Online Declaration Form Process:

        Within your current three-year cycle you may enter your non-ASCP credits* in your ASCP transcript. Any continuing education courses completed through the ASCP will automatically be recorded in your ASCP transcript. Non-ASCP courses should be properly categorized (i.e., specialty area, title, date, credits awarded). A month prior to your certification expiration date you may login to the ASCP website to submit your online CMP declaration form. All courses that have been previously added to your ASCP transcript (provided they are in your three year cycle) will automatically populate into your CMP declaration form. You will then be able to add more credits as necessary or re-categorize any credits to meet your recertification requirements. Only after your recertification requirements have been met will you be able to submit your online CMP declaration form and fee(s)**.

        Please retain supporting documentation for any non ASCP continuing competence activities completed. This documentation will only be required if your Declaration Form is selected for auditing purposes.

        *Contact ASCLS to see if you are eligible to have your PACE credits automatically uploaded to your ASCP transcript.

        Click here to use the online declaration process.

        Paper Declaration:

        One month before the ending validation date on your certificate, complete and sign the CMP Declaration Form (PDF) and mail it to ASCP Board of Certification, 3335 Eagle Way, Chicago, IL 60678-1033 with the $75 CMP fee** or complete the online CMP declaration process and pay by credit card. DO NOT INCLUDE any documentation of your continuing competence activities with your CMP Declaration Form. This documentation will only be required if your Declaration Form is selected for auditing purposes.

        Please allow 30 business days for the processing of your online or paper declaration form.

        Expired Certification:

        If your certification has expired, please submit your completed and signed declaration form with the current CMP application fee(s)**.

        The ASCP Board of Certification will not grant extensions or waive the reinstatement fee due to the non-receipt of CMP reminder notifications. It is the certificant’s responsibility to keep email and address information up to date in their database record. Login to your Customer account to update your contact information.

        **Application fees are non-refundable.

          If you receive notification that your Declaration Form is deficient (missing required points, fee(s), etc.) please submit required information. Recertification will not be processed until all requirements have been met.

          If you receive notification that your Declaration Form is being audited, submit copies of your certificates of completion and any other documentation at that time. Audit documentation should be mailed to ASCP Board of Certification, 33 West Monroe St., Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603-5617.

          To appeal an unsuccessful audit, view the CMP appeals process (PDF).

            Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a new wall certificate valid for three years. The designation “CM”, as a superscript, is required after your certification initials to indicate that you have successfully maintained your certification [e.g., MLS(ASCP)CM or MT(ASCPi)CM ].

            For an explanation of Valid ASCP Certification, please click here

              Quick Guide to Recertification and the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP)

              1. Review your recertification requirements.
                Please refer to the US CMP Booklet or International CMP Booklet or go to www.ascp.org/cmp to make sure you know the continuing education (CE) credit requirements for renewing your certification category and suggested CE activities.
                 
              2. Complete your application (declaration form) to recertify.
                Complete the online declaration form (or print and complete the PDF form and submit by mail), by listing all the CE credits you completed to meet your recertification requirements. We recommend completion and submission of your declaration form one (1) month prior to your certification expiration date. Include specific topic, title, dates of completion and number of credits earned for each CE activity. Incomplete forms are considered deficient and will prevent recertification until resolved.
                 
              3. Pay your fee.
                The current CMP application fee is $75. If your certification has expired there is an additional $50 reinstatement fee. If you have multiple certifications that expire within 3 months of each other, or you would like to synchronize* your certification end dates, you would pay $75 for the first certification and $15 for each additional certification.

              Remember: Certification and CMP are not based upon registration or membership with any organization.

              *Please see online instructions on how to synchronize multiple certifications.

              CMP FAQs : Frequently Asked Questions

              Where can I find out what I need to recertify?

              Details and instructions for completing the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) can be found at this link: www.ascp.org/cmp Review all tabs provided on this web page: Introduction / CMP Booklet / Complete CEs / Submit Declaration / Deficiency / Audit Process / Recertification Designation / CMP Quick Guide

              When should I submit my declaration form for recertification?

              It is recommended that you submit your completed declaration form one (1) month prior to your certification expiration date listed on your wall certificate.

              How can I view my certification information online?

              You can view your certification online post login by following these steps:

              • go to: www.ascp.org/login
              • Login to your existing account with User ID (8 digit #) and Password (Do not create a duplicate account)
              • Scroll down and click on the “BOC Activities” icon
              • Scroll down and click on “view certifications” link

              Do you have a list of acceptable providers for continuing education credits?

              No. The BOC does not pre-approve CE providers. If your continuing education credits meet the recertification requirements for your category (see pages 3-4 of CMP booklet) and you can provide documentation if audited, they are acceptable.

              Can I use college/university coursework towards my CMP requirements?

              You may use college/university coursework towards your recertification requirements. 1 quarter hour equals 10 CMP points and 1 semester hour equals 15 CMP points. CE points for college/university coursework may not exceed 50% of the total number of points required for recertification.

              Where can I get a declaration form?

              You may access the online and PDF declaration forms at this link: www.ascp.org/cmp under the tab “Submit Declaration.”(You will be required to login to your account to access the online declaration form.)

              Do I need to mail supporting documentation of my continuing education?

              No. Please do not mail certificates or transcripts of completed CEs unless you have been notified that your declaration form has been selected for audit.

              How long will it take before my certification is updated?

              Estimated processing time for all declaration submissions whether online or paper is 30 business days.

              Can the processing of my application be rushed?

              No, the processing and evaluation of a CMP declaration form cannot be expedited. Please submit your requirements at least one (1) month prior to your certification expiration date to allow sufficient time for processing.

              Where can my employer get proof that I’m recertified?

              Your employer may request a verification of your certification online at this link: www.ascp.org/verification

              If my form is found deficient can I fax, e-mail, resubmit online my missing requirements or continuing education?

              No. Revised declaration forms will not be accepted via fax, e-mail, or online. All revised declaration forms must be submitted by mail to: ASCP BOC, 33 W. Monroe St, Ste 1600, Chicago, IL 60603 Attn: CMP

              Can I synchronize* my certification end dates if one of them is enrolled in the ASCP re.member program?

              It depends. This is determined on a case-by-case basis. If a certification is enrolled in the ASCP re.member membership program, it can only be synchronized with another certification if it is the certification with the earliest end date. A certification that is enrolled in the re.member program that has a later end date cannot be synchronized with another certification until the re.member membership expires. Contact ASCP customer service directly regarding all membership questions. (800) 267-2727 *Please see online instructions on how to synchronize multiple certifications.

              I submitted my declaration form two (or more) months prior to my certification expiration date and I haven’t heard anything yet, why?

              Certifications are updated beginning on the first day of the month in which they expire, regardless of when you submitted your completed declaration form. If your certification is updated during your current cycle, you will receive email notification when your certification has been updated. Please make sure all of your contact information is up-to-date to avoid missing these email notifications.

              My NCA certification was lapsed when the BOC/NCA unification occurred, how can I reinstate my certification now?

              You may reinstate your lapsed NCA certification by completing the BOC Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) and submitting a completed declaration form documenting the required continuing education earned within the last 3 years as required for your category, along with the current application and reinstatement fees.

              My ASCP certification has lapsed ; do I need to sit for the exam again?

              If your (ASCP)CM certification has lapsed for less than ten (10) years, you will be required to complete the CMP and pay a reinstatement fee along with the CMP application fee. If your certification has lapsed ten (10) or more years, you will be required to retake and pass the certification examination for reinstatement of your certification.


              Rev 3/4/14

                ~/Custom.Templates/BOCCategorySimple.aspx