Clinical Laboratory Geneticist License
Thank you for your interest in the California Clinical Laboratory Geneticist license. Laboratory Field Services (LFS) requires applicants to submit documentation of academic coursework, clinical training, work experience, and verification of board certification 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.
Scope of practice
This license permits you to direct a laboratory certified under CLIA for performing high complexity testing in the subspecialties of molecular biology related to diagnosis of human genetic abnormalities, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, or laboratory genetics.
- Doctoral degree in a chemical, biological science, or clinical laboratory science.
- Official transcripts must verify the completion of 30 semester or equivalent quarter units of graduate courses in the specialty
All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an LFS approved evaluation service to determine if your education is equivalent to an accredited college or university education in the U.S. LFS will accept educational transcript evaluations by “Current Members" of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), and “Endorsed Members" of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) if completed on or after August 15, 2016. Evaluations completed before August 15, 2016, will only be accepted if completed by AACRAO. You will need both the general and the course-by-course evaluations. The evaluation service will send an evaluation of your educational institution and academic courses directly to LFS.
To obtain an application, instructions, and information, visit them on the web:
If you are an applicant whose education is from a non-U.S. college, university, please make sure that your name is printed in English on all your transcripts and that it matches your name on the application.
Training and Experience
- Minimum of one year of post-graduate training in a subspecialty of genetics.
- Three years of applicable work experience, in a clinical laboratory certified under CLIA, two years of which must have been at a supervisory level.
- Verification must be signed by the training coordinator (for training) or laboratory director (for experience).
The American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) and Canadian College of Medical Genetics (CCMG) certifications for clinical laboratory genetics or clinical biochemical genetics.
- Applicants must upload a written verification of their satisfactory performance unto their online application.
- Applicants will be required to take a Department-administered oral examination based on the laws and regulations pertaining to a laboratory director's responsibilities.
- Applicable laws and regulations:
Once you receive your license 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 please visit the LFS renewal webpage.
LFS Approved Certification Examinations
Statutes and regulations
California Business and Professions Code, Sections 1202.5, 1207, 1209, and 1264
California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Section 1030.21-1030.27
California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Section 1031
The requirements listed may not be comprehensive.
How to Apply
Visit the LFS online application website to create an account and submit an application.
Apply Online *You will need to pay your application fee online.
Note: Transcripts must be original documents bearing the school, college, or university registrar's seal, and must be sent directly to LFS from the office of the college or university registrar. Request to have your transcripts mailed to:
Laboratory Field Services - Laboratory Director Program
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Bldg. P 1st Floor
Richmond, CA 94804
- Verification of training and experience must be on letterhead and signed by the laboratory director.
- If you are an applicant whose education is from a non-U.S. college, university, please make sure that your name is printed in English on all your transcripts and supporting documents and that it matches the name on the application.
- A copy of your dissertation or thesis can be uploaded during the online application process.
*Incomplete application packages may be abandoned. All applicants whose applications have been abandoned who wish to re-apply must pay a new non-refundable application fee.
Documents you may need for your application
- Official transcript.
- NACES or AICE general and course-by-course evaluation.
- Verification of post-graduate training.
- Verification of applicable on-the-job experience in a clinical laboratory (signed by the laboratory director).
- Written verification of their satisfactory performance on national certification examination.
For additional information you may contact LFSdirectors@cdph.ca.gov.