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Certified Phlebotomy Technician I (CPT I) Certificate

Thank you for your interest in the California Certified Phlebotomy Technician I 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

  • The Certified Phlebotomy Technician I (CPT I) certificate authorizes you to do skin puncture and venipuncture blood collection.

  • There are different requirements for applicants with no phlebotomy experience, applicants with less than 1040 hours of on-the-job phlebotomy experience, and applicants with 1040 or more hours of on-the-job phlebotomy experience in the last 5 years.

 

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 "Current Members" of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or "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. college or university education. 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, training, or experience is from a non-U.S. school, college, university, or clinical laboratory, please make sure that your name is printed in English on all your transcripts and supporting documents and that it matches your name on the application.

 

Training

Your training must be obtained in a phlebotomy program accredited by the California Department of Public Health (PDF).

 

There are three paths for training and experience, depending on the applicant's on-the-job phlebotomy experience.

    • For an applicant with no on-the-job phlebotomy experience or less than 40 hours of on-the-job phlebotomy experience:

      • Complete 40 hours of basic and advanced didactic (classroom) phlebotomy training from a phlebotomy program accredited by the California Department of Public Health. You must upload the certificate of completion during the online application process.

      • Complete 40 hours phlebotomy practice in a clinical setting that includes performance of at least 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures and observation of arterial punctures in a phlebotomy training program approved by the California Department of Public Health. You must upload a California Statement of Phlebotomy Practical Training signed by an MD, DO, PA, RN, CLB, CLS, or CPT.

    • For an applicant with at least 40 hours but less than 1040 hours of on-the-job phlebotomy experience in the past 5 years:

      • Complete 40 hours of basic and advanced didactic (classroom) phlebotomy training from a phlebotomy program accredited by the California Department of Public Health. You must upload the certificate of completion during the online application process.

      • Complete at least 40 hours of experience in a clinical setting in the last 5 years. This experience must include at least 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures and observation of arterial punctures. You must upload a Letter of Phlebotomy Experience for California Certification (PDF) signed by an MD, DO, or CLB.

    • For an applicant with 1040 or more hours of on-the-job phlebotomy experience in the past 5 years:

      • Complete 20 hours of advanced didactic (classroom) phlebotomy training from a phlebotomy program accredited by the California Department of Public Health. You must upload the certificate of completion during the online application process.

      • Document completion of at least 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures and observation of arterial punctures. You must upload a Letter of Phlebotomy Experience for California Certification (PDF) signed by an MD, DO, or CLB.

 

Examinations

You must have passed a national certification examination (PDF) from one of the certifying organizations approved by the California Department of Public Health.

 

Renewal

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 please visit the LFS renewal webpage.

 

Resources

Helpful links

*If you are having difficulty accessing this document please contact LFS at lfsphlebotomy@cdph.ca.gov to request this information in an alternate format.

 

Statutes and regulations

  

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.
 
  1. Select the phlebotomy certificate type for which you are applying from the menu on the application website.

  2. 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.

  3. Transcripts must be original documents bearing the school, college, or university registrar's seal, sent directly to LFS from the office of the school, college, or university registrar. Request to have your transcripts mailed to:

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

  

*Incomplete application packages may be abandoned 150 days after registration. 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 evaluation.

  • Certificate of completion from 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.

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