What Is Certification?


Contacting the ASCP

33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-541-4999
800-267-ASCP (2727)
Fax: 312-541-4998
Board of Certification Email: boc@ascp.org
Website: www.ascp.org

The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) is a separate certifying body within the organizational structure of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Inc. (ASCP). Since 1928, BOR has been widely recognized as the preeminent leader in the certification of medical laboratory professionals. Today, BOC offers a formal certification process that requires education, clinical training and experience, and successful completion of the certification examination for Technicians, Technologists, Specialists, and Diplomates in Laboratory Management.

BOC Mission

The Board of Certification's mission is to provide excellence in certification of laboratory professionals on behalf of patients worldwide.

BOC Vision

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

Certifying Examinations

In order to become certified by the ASCP Board of Certificationy you must meet the academic requirements, the experience/training requirements and then successfully complete a certification examination. Certification examinations are administered by the ASCP Board of Certification year-round using computerized adaptive testing.

Guidelines for Evaluating Experience

To qualify for certification as a histotechnician or histotechnologist, the applicant should be competent in all of the procedures listed on this list

Certification FAQ's

CAP Certification FAQ's

What Certifications Are Available?

The Board of Certification offers Certifications in the following categories:

Donor Phlebotomy Technician, DPT(ASCP)
Medical Laboratory Technician, MLT(ASCP)
Histotechnician, HT(ASCP)
Phlebotomy Technician, PBT(ASCP)                                                                                                               Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA,ASCP)


Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS
Blood Banking, BB(ASCP)
Chemistry, C(ASCP)
Technologist in Cytogenetics, CG
Hematology, H(ASCP)
Histotechnologist, HTL(ASCP)
Microbiology, M(ASCP)
Technologist in Molecular Biology                                                                                                   Cytotechnologist (CT,ASCP)

Blood Banking, SBB(ASCP)
Chemistry, SC(ASCP)
Hematology, SH(ASCP)
Pathologist's Assistant, PA(ASCP)
Microbiology, SM(ASCP)
Cytotechnology, SCT(ASCP)

Diplomate in Laboratory Management, DLM(ASCP)


A qualification recognizes the competence of individuals in specific technical areas. Qualifications are available in laboratory informatics, immunohistochemistry, laboratory safety and cytometry. To receive the credential, candidates must meet the eligibility requirements and successfully complete an examination (QCYM, QIHC, and QLS) or a work sample project (QLI). Candidates who complete the Qualification process will recieve a Certificate of Qualification, which is valid for 3 years. 

The Board of Certification offers Qualifications in the following categories:
Qualification in Cytometry, QCYM
Qualification in Immunohistochemistry, QIHC
Qualification in Laboratory Informatics, QLI
Qualification in Laboratory Safety, QLS