BOC - Advancing Careers Since 1928

As the oldest and largest certification agency for laboratory professionals, the ASCP Board of Certification has certified more than 525,000 individuals since it was established in 1928. ASCP's 2015 Wage Survey of U.S. Clinical Laboratories found that certified laboratory professionals earn more than their non-certified counterparts.

 

About the BOC
What We Do
Governance
BOC Structure

BOC Mission

The mission of the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) is to provide excellence in certification of laboratory professionals on behalf of patients worldwide.

BOC Vision Statement

To be the gold standard in global certification for all laboratory professionals.

BOC Core Values (CERTIS)

Competence - We seek to ensure public safety by providing a competent medical/clinical laboratory workforce.

Excellence - We strive to be the gold standard in credentialing services throughout the world.

Respect - We collaborate with our colleagues in many laboratory professions and value their diversity.

Trust - We expect our Board, committees, staff members and certificants to be honest and forthright in all processes, decisions, and actions.

Integrity - We comply with the best practices for credentialing organizations by meeting or exceeding industry standards.

Stewardship - We are dedicated to maintaining the security of the information entrusted to us and judiciously using our resources.





ANSI Accreditation

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) awards accreditation to personnel certification agencies that meet the International ISO Standard 17024. The ASCP Board of Certification is the only medical laboratory certification agency awarded accreditation by ANSI. ASCP BOC certification examinations under the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) are accredited by ANSI. 

 

History of the BOC

Learn about the history of the BOC.

 

A Note About the BOC

The BOC is not a membership organization and successful certification or credential maintenance (recertification) by the BOC does not grant or require membership in any professional organization.  

BOC Professional Partners

The BOC brings together perspectives and expertise of laboratory professionals from many different organizations, institutions and geographic locations to address the certification needs of practitioners at all levels of practice. 

The Board of Governors (BOG) of the BOC is composed of representatives from many laboratory professional organizations including the three sponsoring organizations (AGT, ASCLS, and ASCP), six participating organizations (AABB, AAPA, ASC, ASM, CLMA and NSH), two collaborating partners (AACC and ASH) and one public member. The BOC BOG and its committees are composed primarily of laboratory professionals and truly represent the laboratory community. 

Sponsoring Organizations

Participating Societies

Collaborating Societies

Accreditation Agencies 

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
NAACLS is a recognized agency for accreditation of the following programs:

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Histotechnician/Histotechnologist
  • Cytogenetics
  • Diagnostic Molecular Science (Technologist in Molecular Biology)
  • Pathologists’ Assistant

NAACLS also offers an approval process for the following programs:

  • Phlebotomy
  • Clinical Assistant (can sit for the Medical Laboratory Assistant exam)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

CAAHEP is the recognized agency for accreditation of the following programs:

  • Cytotechnologist
  • Specialist in Blood Banking

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
ABHES is a recognized agency for accreditation of the following program:

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

The Role of the BOC

The BOC certifies individuals and does not accredit or approve education programs. This function belongs to specific accreditation agencies that evaluate clinical laboratory education programs.

The BOC does not accredit laboratories. This function belongs to agencies such as AABB, College of American Pathologists (CAP) or the Joint Commission.

Contact the BOC

If you have questions regarding exam eligibility, application or credential maintenance please call the BOC Customer Service Line.

(800) 267-2727

 

Live Chat

The live chat is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.

Mailing Address

ASCP Board of Certification
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603

ASCP Board of Certification Appeals Process

The Board of Certification has developed an appeals process to allow individuals to appeal in the following categories. 

 

Categories of Appeals

Eligibility to Sit for an Examination
  1. BOC policy establishes the criteria for examination eligibility. These criteria are included in the Procedure for Examination and Certification booklet and on the web site. The staff determines which individuals do not meet the requirements and these individuals are notified of their deficiencies.
  2. The individual may respond to the notification in writing and request that his/her case be reviewed by the Certification Appeals Committee.
  3. None of the members of the Certification Appeals Committee shall be a member of the Examination Committee that established the eligibility requirements. A conflict of interest statement will be signed by the members.
  4. The Appellant will be notified of the Certification Appeals Committee’s decision by the Executive Director of the BOC. If it is unfavorable, the appellant may appeal the Committee’s decision and request a hearing before the Board of Governors (BOG) Appeals Committee at the BOG’s next regularly scheduled meeting. The appellant may choose to waive his/her right to a hearing and appeal the Certification Appeals Committee’s decision directly to the BOG Appeals Committee in writing.
  5. The BOG Appeals Committee will review the appeal and the Committee’s decision is final.
Examination Content Irregularities
  1. Individuals who wish to contest what they perceive as examination content irregularities may file an appeal to the appropriate Examination Committee.
  2. The Examination Committee will review the appeal at its next scheduled meeting.
  3. The appellant will be notified of the Examination Committee's decision by the Executive Director of the BOC. If it is unfavorable, the appellant may appeal the Committee's decision and request a hearing before the Board of Governors Appeals Committee at the time of the Board of Governors’ next regularly scheduled meeting. The appellant may choose to waive his/her right to a hearing and appeal the Examination Committee's decision directly to the Board of Governors Appeals Committee in writing.
  4. The BOG Appeals Committee will review the appeal and the Committee’s decision is final.
Examination Administration Irregularities
  1. Individuals who wish to contest what they perceive as irregularities in the administration of the examination at the testing site may appeal to the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors.
  2. The Executive Committee will review the appeal.
  3. The appellant will be notified of the Executive Committee's decision by the Executive Director of the BOC. If it is unfavorable, the appellant may appeal the Committee's decision to the Board of Governors Appeals Committee at the time of the Board of Governors’ next regularly scheduled meeting. The appellant may choose to waive his/her right to a hearing and appeal the Executive Committee's decision directly to the Board of Governors Appeals Committee in writing.
  4. The BOG Appeals committee will review the appeal and the Committee’s decision is
    final.
Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) Deficiencies
  1. BOC policy establishes the requirements for completion of CMP. These requirements are included in the CMP booklet and are located on the web site. The staff audits a percentage of certificants and determines those individuals who do not meet the requirements. These individuals are notified of their deficiencies.
  2. The individual may respond to the notification in writing and request that his/her case be reviewed by the Certification Appeals Committee.
  3. None of the members shall be a member of the Credentials Maintenance Committee that established the requirements. A conflict of interest statement will be signed by the members.
  4. The appellant will be notified of the Certification Appeals Committee’s decision by the Executive Director of the BOC. If it is unfavorable, the appellant may appeal the Committee’s decision and request a hearing before the BOG Appeals Committee at the BOG’s next regularly scheduled meeting. The appellant may choose to waive his/her right to a hearing and appeal the Certification Appeals Committee’s decision directly to the BOG Appeals Committee in writing.
  5. The BOG Appeals Committee will review the appeal and the committee’s decision is final.
Formal Complaint Procedure

If you wish to file a formal complaint to the ASCP Board of Certification, please follow these steps:

  1. Submit your complaint in writing by email including a detailed description of the complaint, your full name and contact information, customer ID number (if applicable) and any supporting documentation regarding your complaint.
  2. Complaints should be directed to: geraldine.piskorski@ascp.org  
  3. Your formal complaint will be acknowledged upon receipt and further information may be requested. 
  4. Upon completion of a detailed investigation, you will be notified of the final resolution of your complaint within 30 business days after the date all requested information has been received.

Potential Fraudulent Activity

In the event the Board of Certification receives evidence that an individual has committed a fraudulent activity as described in the following categories, the individual will be notified and further action will be taken as described below.

Review the Guidelines for Ethical Behavior for more information.

 

Categories of Fraudulent Activity

Allegations of Material Misrepresentations in Application
  1. The BOC office will inform the applicant of allegations of material misrepresentation on the application as well as all pertinent evidence.
  2. The individual may respond to these allegations, in writing, within thirty days following notification by the Executive Director of the BOC.
  3. The Board of Governors (BOG) Ethics Review Committee will review the allegations and the individual’s response and determine the appropriate course of action (including, but not limited to, invalidation of test scores, denial of admission to take additional Board exams, revocation of existing certification status, etc.)
  4. The individual will be notified of the BOG Ethics Review Committee’s decision by the Executive Director of the BOC. If it is unfavorable, the individual may appeal the Committee’s decision and request a hearing before the BOG Appeals Committee at the time of the BOG’s next regularly scheduled meeting. The individual may choose to waive his/her right to a hearing and appeal the BOG Ethics Review Committee’s decision directly to the BOG Appeals Committee in writing.
  5. The BOG Appeals committee will review the appeal and the BOG Appeals Committee’s decision is final.
Allegations of Inappropriate Conduct During the Examination
  1. The BOC will inform the individual of allegations of inappropriate conduct during the examination (including, but not limited to, giving or obtaining unauthorized information or aid) as well as pertinent evidence.
  2. The individual may respond to these allegations, in writing, within thirty days following notification by the Executive Director of the BOC.
  3. The Board of Governors (BOG) Ethics Review Committee will review the allegations and the individual's response and determine the appropriate course of action (including but not limited to invalidation of test scores, denial of admission to take additional Board exams, revocation of existing certification status, etc.).
  4. The individual will be notified of the BOG Ethics Review Committee's decision by the Executive Director of the BOC. If it is unfavorable, the appellant may appeal the Committee's decision and request a hearing before the BOG Appeals Committee at the time of the BOG's next regularly scheduled meeting. The appellant may choose to waive his/her right to a hearing and appeal the Executive Committee's decision directly to the BOG Appeals Committee in writing.
  5. The BOG Appeals Committee will review the appeal and the Committee’s decision is final.
Allegations of Misrepresentation or Misuse of Certification Status
  1. The BOC will inform the individual of allegations of misrepresentation or misuse of his/her certification status including pertinent evidence.
  2. The individual may respond to these allegations, in writing, within thirty days following notification by the Executive Director of the BOC.
  3. The Board of Governors (BOG) Ethics Review Committee will review the charges and the individual's response and determine the appropriate course of action (including, but not limited to, revocation of existing certification status and denial of admission to take additional Board exams, etc.).
  4. The individual will be notified of the BOG Ethics Review Committee's decision by the Executive Director of the BOC. If it is unfavorable, the appellant may appeal the Committee's decision and request a hearing before the BOG Appeals Committee at the time of the BOG's next regularly scheduled meeting. The appellant may choose to waive his/her right to a hearing and appeal the BOG Ethics Review Committee's decision directly to the BOG Appeals Committee in writing. 
  5. The BOG Appeals Committee will review the appeal and the BOG Appeals   Committee’s decision is final.
Legal Action Taken Against a Certificant, Resulting in a Conviction that Violates the BOC Guidelines for Ethical Behavior for Certificants
  1. The BOC will inform the individual of the notification received regarding the   conviction.
  2. The individual may respond to this notification, in writing, within thirty days    following notification by the Executive Director of the BOC.
  3. The BOG Ethics Review Committee will review the charges and the individual’s response, and determine the appropriate course of action (including, but not limited to, revocation of existing certification status and denial of admission to take additional Board exams, etc.).
  4. The individual will be notified of the BOG Ethics Review Committee’s decision by the Executive Director of the BOC. If it is unfavorable, the appellant may appeal the Committee’s decision and request a hearing before the BOG Appeals Committee at the time of the BOG’s next regularly scheduled meeting. The appellant may choose to waive his/her right to a hearing and appeal the BOG Ethics Review Committee’s decision directly to the BOG Appeals Committee in writing.
  5. The BOG Appeals Committee will review the appeal and the committee’s decision is final.
Reports

BOC Newsletters

The BOC Newsletter is published twice a year and contains important information regarding certification activities including eligibility requirement changes, information on continuing maintenance, and updates on the work of the Board of Governors. 

October 2017
July 2017
November 2016

International Certification Newsletter (ICN)

The International Certification Newsletter (ICN) is an electronic newsletter which is published twice a year and contains important information and updates on the Board of Certification’s activities around the world.

Spring 2017

Latin American Bulletin (Boletín Informativo)

The Latin American Bulletin is a Spanish language electronic newsletter which contains important information and news on the Board of Certification’s activities in the Latin American region.

Boletín Informativo
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Certification and Qualification

BOC Certifications and qualifications are offered in a number of disciplines and technical areas. Individuals who sit for either a certification or qualification examination are required to meet specific academic and clinical requirements and achieve a predetermined competence level. The BOC uses criterion-referenced computer adaptive testing (CAT) for all certification examinations.  

BOC Credential Acceptance

The BOC credential is accepted for licensure purposes, provided the individual meets all other licensure requirements. Certain U.S. states Requirements for licensure are established by each licensure state and must be met in order to become licensed in that state. Successful certification by the BOC does not automatically grant an individual a state license.

For more information regarding requirements for state licensure, please contact the specific state board.

Find State Board Contact Information

U. S. Certifications

  • Technician Certifications - DPT, HT, MLA, MLT, PBT
  • Technologist/Scientist Certifications - BB, C, CG, CT, H, HTL, M, MB, MLS
  • Specialist Certifications - SBB, SC, SCT, SCYM, SH, SM, SMB
  • Additional Certifications - DLM, PA

International Certifications

  • Technician Certifications - HT, MLT, PBT
  • Technologist/Scientist Certifications - BB, C, CG, CLM, CT, CTgyn, H, HTL, M, MB, MLS
  • Specialist Certifications - SBB, SC, SCT, SCYM, SH, SM, SMB

Qualification & State Licensure

To find out more about specific requirements for examination eligibility, click on the button below and select the appropriate examination.


Go to Get Credentialed

Credential Maintenance Program (CMP)

The BOC Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) allows practitioners in all areas of laboratory medicine to remain current in their respective disciplines and demonstrate their continued competence.

Time-Limited Certifications

  • Participation in the CMP is required for time-limited U.S. certifications to maintain valid certification (effective January 1, 2004 and/or January 1, 2006).
  • CMP is required for International ASCPi certified individuals (effective January 1, 2012). 
  • Time-limited U.S. and International certificants must participate in CMP every three years to use the ASCP credential.
  • See requirements for specific credentials to identify your effective date.

Time-Limited Qualifications

  • All Qualifications are time limited and participation every three years is a requirement to maintain valid qualification.

Voluntary Participation

  • Practitioners certified prior to CMP effective dates may choose to participate in CMP to demonstrate their continued competency.
  • Voluntary CMP may also be renewed every three years in order to maintain the "CM" designation with a credential.

Stay Credentialed

Specific requirements for each certification and qualification are detailed in the Stay Credentialed section of the website under the Board of Certification. There you will find specific information to help you understand the process and the requirement to complete re-certification or requalification.  

Information provided includes:
  • Requirement for each credential 
    • U.S. Certifications
    • International Certifications
    • Qualifications
  • General Information about the CMP process 
    • What is CMP
    • How to Earn Points
    • How to Record Points
    • When to Submit Recertification / Requalification


Go to Stay Credentialed 

Verification of Certification

The ASCP Board of Certification process verifies that job applicants and laboratory professionals have current, valid credentials.  This is an important step to prevent individuals from misrepresenting their professional certification status.

The online primary source verification process is used most often by employers, background search firms and individuals requesting verification to be forwarded to a 3rd party such as a state licensing board.  It confirms that new and current employees are properly credentialed to practice as laboratory professionals.

Verification Requests

Verification of Certification may be requested by:
  • An individual
  • An employer
  • Or a third party
Inquiries about an individual's certification status will be answered with the following information.
  • The certification category
  • Certification number
  • Validation period
  • Or if the certification cannot be verified

Verification of Certification

To find out more about Verification of Credentials or to proceed with placing an order, click on the button below.  

Go to Verify Credentials

Committees

ASCP Board of Governors

The Board of Governors (BOG) defines and governs the activities of the Board of Certification, develops policies and fosters relationships with interested organizations.  All members share in a joint and collective authority to further the BOC mission to provide excellence in certification of laboratory professionals on behalf of patients worldwide.

Requirements

Representatives to the BOC Board of Governors are nominated by one or more of the following organizations.

AABB
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
American Association of Pathologists' Assistants (AAPA)
Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT)
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
American Society of Cytopathology (ASC)
American Society of Hematology (ASH)
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA)
National Society for Histotechnology (NSH)

Time Commitment for Volunteers

  • The BOC holds two face to face meetings per year.
  • Representatives appointed as Examination Committee Liaisons and those elected to the BOC Executive Committee have additional meeting(s).

Composition of the of the BOG

Representative to the BOG are selected according to the guidelines below and all members serve a three year term renewable twice, for a maximum of nine years.

  • 5 ASCP Fellows
    (One Fellow with dual membership in ASH)
  • 5 ASCP Laboratory Professional Members
    (One Member with dual membership in AACC)
  • 4 Representatives of ASCLS
  • 2 Representatives of AGT
  • 1 Member from each Participating Society
    (AABB, AAPA, ASM, ASC, CLMA and NSH)
  • 1 Public Member 
Susan Harrington

Chair, Board of Governors

Susan M. Harrington, PhD, D(ABMM), MLS(ASCP)CM

Executive Committee & BOG Members


BOG Committee Appointments Participation on the Board of Governors may include appointments to other BOC Committees, including:
  • Council of Committee Chairs
  • Credentials Maintenance
  • Editorial
  • Ethics Review
  • Examination Committee/Work Group
  • Examination Oversight
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • International Credentialing
  • Nominating
  • Policy and Procedure
  • Program Directors Advisory Ad Hoc Group
  • Research and Development

Certification Examination Committees and Qualification Work Groups

Examination Committees and Work Groups are responsible for the development, maintenance and evaluation of test items, as well as setting the standards for examinations and performing job task analysis.  They are also responsible for reviewing exam eligibility requirements, exam content guidelines and topic outlines, and suggested reading lists for exam preparation.

Composition of Committees and Work Groups

All BOC Examination Committees and Work Groups consist of laboratory professionals, including technicians, technologists, laboratory scientists, supervisors, educators, and physicians representing broad geographic regions of the United States and laboratory facilities of various types and sizes.  As vacancies in Exam Committees and Work Groups occur, volunteers with appropriate characteristics are sought to complement the existing composition and ensure a diverse membership.

Requirements

Volunteers must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Be certified or qualified by the BOC, preferably with current CMP status.
  2. Be a member of a BOG sponsoring, participating or collaborating society.
  3. Have special expertise as required by the committee or work group.

Volunteer

Examination Committees and Chairs

Blood Banking  Examination Committee
Virginia Reyes, MEd, MT(ASCP)SBBCM

Clinical Chemistry Examination Committee
Robin Smith, MT(ASCP)SCCM

Cytogenetics Examination Committee
Tara Ellingham, MHS, CG(ASCP)CM

Cytometry Examination Committee
Kristy Wolniak, MD, PhD, FASCP

Cytotechnology Examination Committee
Michael Berry, SCT(ASCP)CMMBCM

Hematology Examination Committee
Michael Bowling, SH(ASCP)CM

Histotechnology Examination Committee
Michelle Nelsen, MS, HTL(ASCP)CM

Joint Generalist Examination Committee
Teresa Taff, MA, MT(ASCP)SM

Laboratory Management Examination Committee
Joshua Simons, MBA, HT(ASCP)CMDLMCM

Medical Laboratory Assistant Examination Committee
Susan Beck, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM

Microbiology Examination Committee
Teresa Taff, MA, MT(ASCP)SM

Molecular Biology Examination Committee
Randall Hayden, MD, FASCP

Pathologists' Assistants Examination Committee
Elizabeth Sharratt, PA(ASCP)CM

Phlebotomy Examination Committee
Tyler Anderson, DPT(ASCP)CM 


Qualification Work Groups and Chairs

Apheresis Qualification Work Group
Marisa Marques, MD, FASCP

Laboratory Informatics Qualification Work Group
William Bifulco, MT(ASCP)

Laboratory Safety Qualification Work Group
Michelle Hill, MS, MT(ASCP)SLS

 
International Governance

Volunteer for Advisory Board Positions

As part of our efforts to contribute globally to the highest standards of patient safety, the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) works to establish Advisory Boards in all countries requesting additional support and representation. International Advisory Board members are typically program directors of clinical laboratory educational programs, laboratory supervisors, and/or representatives from a country or region's clinical laboratory society.

Benefits of Being an Advisory Board Volunteer

  1. Challenges outside the realm of the everyday workplace.
  2. Networking opportunities from within your region and a worldwide consortium of laboratory professionals.
  3. Help your community while advancing your career. Advisory Board members will be awarded one (1) waived ASCP BOC application fee for the international certification examination of their choice.
  4. Continuing education. Advisory Board members are provided with a period of complimentary access to the available ASCP BOC online practice examinations.
  5. Help laboratory students through direct interaction.

Become a Volunteer

To become a volunteer, interested applicants must:

  1. Reside in the country in which they would like to volunteer for an Advisory Board position.
  2. Become thoroughly familiar with the mission and the goals of the BOC and international Certification Committee.
  3. Be prompt and reliable in reporting for scheduled work. Keep accurate records.
  4. Attend all Advisory Board meetings.
  5. Carry out assignments in good spirit and seek assistance from BOC staff as necessary.
  6. Communicate personal limitations such as, acceptable out-of-pocket costs, transportation needs, time constraints, etc.
  7. Provide feedback, suggestions, and recommendations tot he BOC International Certification Committee and international staff on news and trends that may help promote the international credential.
To apply for an Advisory Board position, submit your CV to the BOC to: joseph.baker@ascp.org

 

Active Advisory Board Regions and Members

Africa
Asia Pacific
Europe
Latin America and Caribbean
Middle East




International Collaborating Societies

The International Collaborating Societies listing is the ASCP Board of Certification's (BOC's) recognition that a particular organization's goals align with those of the BOC. These organizations also officially recognize BOC international certification as an opportunity to improve clinical laboratory practice worldwide. By joining together with the BOC, these organizations enjoy greater access to BOC resources and become part of an International Consortium connecting them to laboratory professionals globally.

International Collaborating Societies - Current

CONALAC
TECMED
HKIMLS
HKSMDS
KAMT
PAMET
CTMP
SBPC/ML
PETIE
SOTEMELAB