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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: 


Academic requirements

  • You must be a high school graduate OR
  • Pass a general educational development (GED) test OR
  • Provide official transcripts showing credit for general education courses completed at an accredited college or university. 
Non-US transcripts
  • All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). This allows LFS to determine if your education is equivalent to a U.S. college or university education. ACCRAO will send an evaluation of your educational institution and academic courses directly to LFS. To obtain an AACRAO application, instructions, and information, visit their website at www.aacrao.org, telephone (202) 296-3359, or send a FAX to (202) 422-3940.  



  • 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.





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.



      How to Apply for a California Phlebotomy Certificate

      Laboratory Field Services - Phlebotomy Program
      850 Marina Bay Parkway, Bldg. P 1st Floor
      Richmond, CA 94804

      • A certificate of completion of a phlebotomy training program, the California Statement of Phlebotomy Practical Training, the Letter of Phlebotomy Experience for California Certification, and copy of national certification must be uploaded during the online application process.
      • You can check the status of your application online using the application identification number provided upon completion of your application.
      • Incomplete application packages may be abandoned 150 days after registration. All abandoned applicants who wish to re-apply must pay a new non-refundable application fee.


      Documents you may need for your application:

      • Official transcript.
      • AACRAO evaluation.
      • Certificate of completion of an approved phlebotomy training program.
      • Verification of practical training experience (California Statement of Phlebotomy Practical Training).
      • Verification of on-the-job experience (Letter of Phlebotomy Experience for California Certification).
      • Verification of national certification examination.


         For additional information you may contact LFSphlebotomy@cdph.ca.gov.

      Last modified on: 11/20/2015 6:51 PM