If you want to work as a phlebotomist it is a very good idea, and often times required, to get phlebotomy certification from a national certification organization.
Getting certification tells your future employer that you have trained for and passed an exam that tests all the skills required to be a professional phlebotomist.
It also shows that you are serious about your profession, as well as give you the personal confidence that you know everything you need to know to be the best at your job.
In order to get your certification, you need to do three main things:
- Complete a phlebotomy training course
- Sign up for a phlebotomy certification exam.
- Pass the exam.
Lets look at these steps in a little more detail.
Complete a Phlebotomy Training Course
If you are not yet signed up to take a course to get the training you need, you can click on this link to find a list of schools by state that offer courses in phlebotomy.
The training you are doing or the phlebotomy course that you are taking should be teaching you the skills you need to be a professional phlebotomist and also preparing you for the phlebotomy certification exam given by a national certification agency.
Some schools will offer you this certification exam themselves, but others will require you to sign up and find a location to take the certification exam on your own.
Sign Up for a Certification Exam
If your school is not offering the certification exam, or they require you to take it on your own, you can apply through one of the following organizations.
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
Association of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT)
National Phlebotomy Association (NPA)
American Medical Technologists (AMT)
National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
If you have a particular job or employer in mind it is a good idea to check with them to see if they prefer or require a specific agency’s certification over another’s.
The application fee for the exam range from about $50-$135
Pass the Exam
Passing the exam will require some studying on your part. But before that you should find the testing location and schedule your test date. Luckily there are a lot of study resources and practice materials available.
For some more detail, lets run through the steps for taking the exam from the American Society for Clinical Pathology(ASCP).
The first thing to do will be to create an account on the ASCP website at his link. Fill out all the required information. Be sure to use the exact first, last and middle name that you have on your photo ID.
The second step is to apply for the correct exam and route. ASCP offers many certification exams, so you want to make sure you are applying for the Phlebotomy Certification exam and you select the correct route. Don’t worry if you don’t know your exact route yet it should become clear in the following steps. Click here to login to your account and begin your application.
Note: You can stop and return to you application at any time, so don’t worry if you don’t have time to complete everything now.
If all of your information is correct, click “Next”
Next select “Phlebotomy Technician” and the proper “route”.
To figure out which route is correct for you, you can select each one and read the description below the list. Click “Next” once you have selected the correct route.
On the next screen add schools to the list to satisfy your education requirement by clicking the “Add Institution” button.
Only a high school diploma or GED is required for Phlebotomy Certification, but if you have college level education you can add that as well.
On the next screen next add two other ways to contact you. Relatives like parents, spouse, etc, are a good idea.
Finally, after that, follow the remaining instructions to review your information, approve and pay your application fee.
If you cannot pay right now or need to review your information you can save the form and log back into your account at any time to finish.
You can also log in to check the status of your application. But you should also receive notifications to the email address you provided when the status of your application changes.
Once your application has been approved you will need to find a location to take your test, and schedule the date you wish to take it. You can search for a testing location at this link. Testing locations seem to be available in every state.
Now Study and Take the Exam!
Now it is time to study and take your exam!
The ASCP website offers a lot of study material, practice tests, and extra reading regarding test preparation. You can find all that information at this link.
The Phlebotomy Technician Certification DPT (ASCP) examination is scheduled for 2 hours and 30 minutes and has 90 questions.