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Obtaining your certification is a giant step forward in furthering your career as a phlebotomist and increasing your salary.

And if you live in California, Nevada or Louisiana, certification is required before you can even become a practicing phlebotomist.

There are many phlebotomy certification organizations out there, however, they are not all created equal.

So, to ensure you don't waste your time or money on a useless certification, check out our list of the 7 best and most reputable phlebotomy certification agencies below.

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Phlebotomy Certification Agencies

Name Certification Fee
American Certification Agency (ACA) CPT $100
American Medical Technologists (AMT) RPT $100
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) PBT $135
American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) PC $55
National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) NCPT $135
National Healthcareer Association (NHA) CPT $105
National Phlebotomy Association (NPA) CPT $100


American Certification Agency (ACA)

The American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals is a national certification organization designed to recognize healthcare professionals who have achieved a standard of knowledge through education and/or experience.

Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements: at least one year of work experience using phlebotomy skills, completion of a formal phlebotomy related program OR have a current certification from an ACA approved agency
  • Application must be received 15 days prior to the scheduled exam
  • The exam fee must accompany the application

Additional Information

Fee:

$100 application fee

Address:

PO Box 58
Osceola, IN 46561

Phone:

(574) 277-4538

Website:

http://www.acacert.com



American Medical Technologists (AMT)

American Medical Technologists is a nationally and internationally recognized certification organization based out of Illinois. Their certification exams are created using state-of-the-art testing methodologies using only the highest industry standards.

Requirements

You may be eligible to take the AMT Certification exam by meeting the requirements for at least one of the two routes:

  • Route 1 : Graduated from an academic course in phlebotomy with a minimum of 120 didactic hours.
  • Route 2 : Completed at least 1,040 hours of phlebotomy work in an approved facility in the past 3 years.

In addition to meeting the requirements for one of the two routes above, the applicant must have completed at least 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures from a human source.

Additional Information

Fee:

$100

Address:

10700 West Higgins Rd, Suite 150
Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone:

(847) 823-5169

Website:

http://www.americanmedtech.org



American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

The American Society for Clinical Pathology is the largest professional organization for laboratory professionals in the world. Founded in 1922, the ASCP has grown to over 100,000 members while providing top-notch education and certification.

Requirements

The ASCP requires applicants to meet the requirements for at least one of the following 7 routes:

  • Route 1 : High school graduation (or GED) PLUS completion of an NAACLS accredited phlebotomy program in the last 5 years.
  • Route 2 : High school graduation (or GED) PLUS completion of a two-part phlebotomy program consisting of 40 clock hours of classroom training and 100 hours of clinical training in an accredited lab. Also minimum of 100 successful blood draws.
  • Route 3 : High school graduation (or GED) PLUS at least one full year (35 hours a week) of phlebotomy technician experience in an accredited laboratory in the last 5 years.
  • Route 4 : High school graduation (or GED) PLUS completion of RN, LPN or other allied healthcare professional that includes phlebotomy training.
  • Route 5 : MT/MLS/MLT certification through ASCP
  • Route 6 : DPT certification with at least 100 non-donor blood collections in the last 5 years
  • Route 7 : High school graduation (or GED) PLUS completion of a phlebotomy course that has been approved by the California Department of Public Health in the last 5 years.

Additional Information

Fee:

$135

Address:

33 W Monroe St #1600
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone:

(312) 541-4995

Website:

https://www.ascp.org/content



American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT)

The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians provides certification to trained phlebotomists, continuing education, newsletters, cross-training programs and more! The ASCP is the second oldest certifying organization having been founded in 1983.

Requirements

  • One year experience as a part-time phlebotomist or 6 months as a full-time phlebotomist
  • A letter from a healthcare supervisor stating that you regularly take blood samples
  • Completion of an accredited phlebotomy training program with at least 100 venipunvtures and 5 skin punctures
  • Current ASPT membership

Additional Information

Fee:

$55 plus membership fee

Address:

PO Box 1831
Hickory, NC 28603

Phone:

(828) 294-0078

Website:

http://aspt.org



National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)

Founded in 1989, the National Center for Competency Testing is an independent certification organization for healthcare professionals and instructors. They offer an NCPT certification for phlebotomy technicians.

Requirements

You must meet the requirements of at least one of the 3 routes the NCCT has outlined below:

  • Route 1A: Current student in an NCCT authorized phlebotomy program
  • Route 1B: Completed an NCCT authorized phlebotomy program in the last 5 years
  • Route 2: One year experience as a phlebotomy technician within the last 5 years
  • Route 3: Completed phlebotomy technician training in the U.S. Military in the last 5 years

Additional Information

Fee:

$135

Address:

7007 College Blvd Suite 385
Overland Park KS 66211

Phone:

(800) 875-4404

Website:

https://www.ncctinc.com



National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

The National Healthcareer Association has certified over 500,000 health professionals since its inception over 25 years ago. The NHA offers nationally recognized certifications and is itself accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Requirements

  • Possess a High school diploma or equivalent
  • Completion of a phlebotomy related program and at least one year experience in the field
  • Performed at least 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks on human sources

Additional Information

Fee:

$105

Address:

11161 Overbrook Rd
Leawood, KS 66211

Phone:

(913) 661-6457

Website:

http://www.nhanow.com



National Phlebotomy Association (NPA)

The National Phlebotomy Association was founded by Diane Crawford in 1978 to help establish a standard and code of ethics for health care professionals. They provide excellent continuing education classes, accreditation, certification and much more.

Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass a physical and drug screen
  • Must 18 years or older by the class date
  • Must have a personal interview with the program director before the start of class

Additional Information

Fee:

$100

Address:

1901 Brightseat Road
Landover, MD 20785

Phone:

(301) 386-4200

Website:

http://nationalphlebotomy.org