Information About Clinical Laboratory Scientists and Specialists
Beginning 2008, Laboratory Field Services (LFS) no longer administers State Administered examination for CLS (generalist) and for three categories of specialists (limited) licensing (clinical chemist, clinical microbiologist, and clinical toxicologist scientist).
- Select one license category: Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), Clinical Chemist Scientist, Clinical Microbiologist Scientist, Clinical Hematologist Scientist, Clinical Toxicologist Scientist, Clinical Immunohematologist Scientist, Clinical Cytogeneticist Scientists, Clinical Genetics Molecular Biologist, or Clinical Histocompatibility Scientist.
- Applicants for specialty (limited) license of: Chemistry, Microbiology, and Toxicology now can apply to take California approved certifying organization exam (ASCP examination for chemistry and microbiology is approved and NRCC examination for toxicology is approved).
Applicants for specialty (limited) license of: Immunohematology and hematology have to take State Administered examination.
- Complete the application online https://secure.cps.ca.gov/cltreg/ and pay the non-refundable application fee.
- Print, sign, and mail the attestation page upon completion of online application to:
California Department of Public Health
Laboratory Field Services (LFS)
Attn: Personnel Licensing Section
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Bldg. P.
Richmond, CA. 94804
- Applications will not be processed without signed attestation. All applications will be evaluated in the order of receipt of the application and supporting documents.
- Official transcripts must be sent directly from college/university to LFS (above address)
- All applicants who have attended a non-United States educational institution MUST have a copy of their official transcript sent to AACRAO (approved evaluation agency) www.aacrao.org for evaluation and request a copy to be sent to LFS.
- Official training verification/work experience must be sent directly from the training coordinator/laboratory director showing the beginning and ending dates of the training/experience. This information should cover all areas in which the rotation was completed with the number of the hours/weeks for each specialty (chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, serology, parasitology, and bacteriology) and brief description of procedures performed.
- United States Armed Forces applicants are required to provide additional documents of certificates of completion of training and a copy of DD-214.
- Applicants receiving a “qualification letter with a unique ID” must take the CA Quiz online using their user ID and password provided in that letter.
- Applicants receiving the “qualification letter with a unique ID” must take the certifying organization examination of their choice and request a copy of their satisfactory performance to be sent directly to LFS.
- The following certifying organizations are approved by the Department for licensure examination.
- ASCP certification for CLS (generalist) is accepted as of October 2002.
- ASCPi (international) certification for CLS (generalist) is accepted as of June 2003.
- AAB certification for CLS (generalist) is accepted as of January 2003.
- ASCP certification for chemist scientist is accepted as of March 2004.
- ASCP certification for microbiologist scientist is accepted as of March 2004.
- NRCC certification for toxicology scientist is accepted as of March 2004.
Applicants who are certified prior to above dates must re-take the certifying examination and request a copy of their satisfactory performance to be sent directly to LFS. Applicants who are certified after the above dates must request a copy of their satisfactory performance to be sent directly to LFS.
The following certifying organizations are approved for Specialty (limited) licensing:
- NCA certification is approved for Clinical Cytogeneticist Scientists and Clinical Genetics Molecular Biologist. - ABHI is approved for Clinical Histocompatibility Scientist.
- Applicants can check their status online using their unique identification number, provided upon completion of application.
- Incomplete application packages may be abandoned 150 days after registration. All abandoned applicants must re-apply and pay a new non-refundable application fee.
- All documents received will be retained for three years. Applicants who re-apply after three years will be required to submit a new set of transcripts and all other required documents.
Applicants who failed the State written examination twice must wait one year in order to be eligible for licensure. Applicant who failed the examination three times or more have to wait two years to be eligible for licensure (Section 1262.5 Business and Professions Code (B&PC).
Qualifications requirements for licensure as CLS are provided in California Code or Regulations (CCR), Title 17, Section 1032.
Additional requirements provided in California Business and Professions Code (BPC) Section 1261.