Phlebotomy recertification is just as important as your initial certification. Not only does it allow you to continue to hold the title of a certified phlebotomist, but the process of recertifying can give you valuable opportunities to continue learning and find out about advancements in your field.
Most phlebotomy recertification programs require both paying a fee and taking continuing education courses. Depending on how your certifying organization defines “continuing education,” your options could include seminars, online courses, CPR classes, volunteer work or even college courses you may be taking already.
Be sure to submit your phlebotomy rectification application in plenty of time. Some certifying boards take 90 days or more to fully process applications, and if you fail to complete your application far enough in advance your certification could drop completely. If this happens, you’ll likely need to pay additional fees and may even have to take (and pay for) your certification exam all over again.
Each certifying organization has its own standards regarding phlebotomy recertification. For example:
- The American Society of Clinical Pathologists requires that those who hold phlebotomy certificates complete the Certification Maintenance Program every three years. This involves taking continuing education classes. If you fail to meet the requirements in time, you’ll need to pay a fee to have your certification reinstated.
- If you’re certified through American Medical Technologists, you’ll need to pay an annual renewal fee as well as comply with the organization’s Certification Continuation Program. If you don’t meet either of these requirements, you’ll have to recertify. Depending on how long your certification has been expired, you may need to take a refresher course or a recertification exam.
- To keep your certification current through the National Health Association and avoid having to recertify, you need to earn 10 continuing education credits every two years through the organization’s online continuing education program. If you earn the required credits, your certification will be extended by two years. Phlebotomy recertification through the National Health Association involves taking 15 continuing education credits, and paying both a recertification fee and a reinstatement fee. If your certification has been expired for more than a year you’ll need to re-take the actual certification exam.
- The National Phlebotomy Association requires phlebotomy recertification every year, which involves paying a fee and completing at least 1.8 Continuing Education Units (the equivalent of 18 hours.) If your certification has lapsed for more than 90 days, you’ll need to pay an additional fee to have your certification reinstated.
While some organizations will send you reminders or mail you a recertification form automatically, it’s your responsibility—not theirs—to make sure that you complete all the necessary steps on time. To keep your phlebotomy certification current, you need to know and understand the policies of your certifying organization. If you’re not sure what you have to do to stay certified, don’t delay in finding out exactly what your phlebotomy recertification will require.