Information about the Phlebotomy Certificate
Thank you for your interest in the California Phlebotomy certificate.
Laboratory Field Services (LFS) requires applicants to submit documentation of academic coursework and clinical training or work experience to qualify for licensure.
Work experience in California as an unlicensed laboratory staff person will not be accepted as qualification toward any clinical laboratory license.
Please note that biotech/pharmaceutical, forensic, academic, veterinary, research, and student laboratory experience cannot count as work experience or training for any clinical license.
Phlebotomy experience in a blood bank cannot count towards on-the-job phlebotomy experience for certification. On-the-job experience must include blood collection for testing purposes from patients of varying ages, including pediatric and geriatric, and of varying health and obesity status.
Scope of practice
There are three levels of phlebotomy certification, each with a different scope of practice. For information about each level please click on the certificate type in the list below:
All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by "Current Members" of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), and "Endorsed Members" of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). This allows LFS to determine if your education is equivalent to a U.S. education. The evaluation service will send an evaluation of your educational institution and academic courses directly to LFS.
- Your training must be obtained in a phlebotomy program accredited by the California Department of Public Health. A list of approved training programs can be viewed at Approved Phlebotomy Training Schools.
The following certifying organizations are approved by the Department for the phlebotomist certification examination:
Applicants who are certified before the above dates must re-take the certifying examination.
Once you receive your certificate you will need to renew it every two years. To renew, you must pay a fee and submit documentation of continuing education. For information about the renewal process, including renewal fees, continuing education requirements, approved continuing education accrediting agencies, and the renewal form LAB 177, please visit the LFS renewal webpage.
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