Phlebotomy Certification Agencies & Organizations

For phlebotomists in the US who want to become certified, there are a number of non-governmental agencies/organizations that offer certification.

However, as mentioned on the state-specific pages of this site, people living in California, Washington state, Louisiana, and Nevada must obtain a special state-level certification in order to practice phlebotomy in those states.

Some phlebotomy training courses may include certification as part of the course, and but some courses do not. In some situations, it may be easier to find a phlebotomy training course that includes certification with one of the various national certification agencies/organizations, than to pursue phlebotomy outside of a course, but some people may choose to pursue a certification outside of a course.

It’s important to note that not all phlebotomy training courses meet the requirements of all the certification agencies, so it’s a good idea, if you’re planning to pursue certification outside of a course, to first check with the agency that you’re interested in receiving your certification from to find out if the course you’re thinking about taking meets their requirements. It’s important to avoid taking a course and then finding out only later that it doesn’t meet the requirements of the agency that you’re interested in receiving your certification from. For example, if you’ve thought about receiving your certification from American Medical Technologists (AMT), it’s a good idea to contact them prior to signing up for a phlebotomy training course in order to make sure that the course you’re thinking of taking meets their requirements. If it doesn’t, they may be able to recommend a course that does, or they may even run or sponsor a course in your area.

Again, if you’re planning on taking a course that includes certification from one of the national certification agencies/organizations as part of the course, you may not need to the contact the certification agency ahead of time, but if you’re thinking about taking a course that doesn’t include certification as part of the course, it’s a good idea to contact the certification agency that you’re interested in receiving your certification from prior to signing up for a course to find out if the one┬áthat you’re planning on taking meets their specific requirements or criteria.

Listed below are some of the common certification agencies/organizations in the US that offer phlebotomy certification. As mentioned earlier, some courses may include certification through one of these agencies as part of the course, and some do not. There may also be more certification agencies than what is listed here; this is by no means an exhaustive list, it’s only meant to be informational and a reference point.

American Certification Agency (ACA)
www.acacert.com

ACA is a voluntary certification agency that offers examinations to medical practitioners to validate their skills in several areas, including phlebotomy.

American Medical Technologists (AMT)
www.americanmedtech.org

AMT was founded in 1939 and is a nationally and internationally-recognized certification agency. It is also a membership society and offers continuing education for medical professionals.

American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)
www.ascp.org

ASCP is a professional organization founded in 1922, based out of Chicago, IL, that offers certification for pathologists and lab professionals (including phlebotomists).

National Center for Competency Testing
www.ncctinc.com

NCCT is an third-party, independent organization that offers certification for a variety of professionals, including phlebotomists. They have certified over 150,000 individuals and also offer continuing education.

National Credentialing Agency (NCA)
www.naacls.org

NCA is an internationally-recognized agency that offers certification for clinical laboratory scientists and related health care professionals.

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
www.nhanow.com

NHA is a professional certification agency that offers certification for health care workers in the US for over 8 different allied specialties. They have partnered with a number of educational institutions and are one of the largest continuing education providers.

National Phlebotomy Continuing Education (NPCE)
www.npce.org

NPCE is voluntary certification organization that specializes in offering certification and continuing education to phlebotomists.

As you can see from the list above, there are a number of agencies/organizations in the US that offer phlebotomy certification, should you choose to pursue it. Again, this list is not exhaustive or comprehensive, and there may be other certification agencies/organizations that offer similar certifications. In states other than California, Washington state, Louisiana, and Nevada, certification is not required to practice phlebotomy, however, many employers may prefer or require that their applicants and employees are certified. This may be to ensure a standard level of competency, skill, and experience among their phlebotomists.

Each certification agency/organization may also have some individual requirements for people wanting to obtain a certification such as having a high school diploma or GED. They may require certification applicants to have a CPR or AED certification, to have completed a specific number of training hours, or to have performed a specific number of blood draws through various methods. They may also require applicants to pass a test or meet other requirements. The best way to find out what the requirements for each certification agency are is to contact them and ask for more information.

Some of the certification agencies/organizations may have a “fast track” option available where people who have relevant career experience may not have to meet the same amount of requirements as someone with no previous training. For example, if you’ve drawn blood working as an RN or EMT, it’s possible that you might be able to obtain a phlebotomy certification faster than someone who doesn’t have any experience. Not all agencies/organizations may have a “fast track” option like this available, and if you think this might apply to you, the best thing to do is to contact the agency/organization that you’re interested in receiving your certification from to get more information that’s specific to your situation.