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Directory of Phlebotomy Certification Agencies

The Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc. is not a certification agency, but we support phlebotomy certification for all healthcare personnel with blood collection responsibilities.

Many organizations attempt to certify phlebotomists. However, not all are reputable, teach according to the standards published by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI), or are in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Before investing time and money in programs that promise to lead to certification, make sure you will be taking an exam from one of the organizations listed here. Our approval, however, does not constitute an endorsement of the organization or of its certification. Phlebotomists seeking certification should compare the requirements and benefits of each organization carefully when making this important decision.

These organizations:

  • are nationally recognized;
  • are in good standing with the Better Business Bureau;
  • are known to engage in ethical business practices;
  • use instruction, materials and exams that reflect current CLSI standards;
  • require all applicants to take an examination.

The nationally recognized organizations listed here are recommended by the Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc.

American Medical Technologists
10700 W. Higgins Road
Suite 150
Rosemont, IL  60018

National Center for Competency Testing
7007 College Boulevard, Suite 705
Overland Park, KS 66211


American Society for Clinical Pathology
Board of Certification
33 W Monroe, #1600
Chicago, IL  60603


The Center believes that in order for certification to be meaningful, a certification agency should be accredited, and all applicants should be subject to examination and required to obtain continuing education credits in order to maintain their certification.

Name Is the agency accredited? Written exam required
of all applicants?
Practical exam
Continuing education required? California approved? Cost of exam
AMT Yes Yes No Yes Yes $83*
ASCP (BOC) Yes Yes No Yes** Yes $135*
NCCT Yes Yes No Yes Yes $90
*includes annual membership fee
**required for all new applicants as of 1/1/04