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Information about the 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), and "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. 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 their websites at http://www.naces.org/members.html or http://aice-eval.org/members/.

 

Training

  • 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.
  • 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 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 signed by an MD, DO, or CLB.

 

Examinations

  • All CPT I applicants must pass a national certification examination from one of the programs approved by the California Department of Public Health.
  • The following certifying organizations are approved by the Department for the phlebotomist certification examination:
  • Applicants who are certified before the above dates must re-take the certifying examination. 

 

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, including renewal fees, continuing education requirements, approved continuing education accrediting agencies, and the renewal form LAB 177, please visit the LFS renewal webpage.

 

Resources

      How to Apply for a California Certified Phlebotomy Technician I Certificate

      • Apply online at https://healthappportal.cdph.ca.gov/osphld/perl.
      • Select the certificate type for which you are applying from the menu on the application website.
      • You will need a Visa or MasterCard to pay your application fee.
      • 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:

      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 verification 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.
      •  NACES or AICE evaluation.
      • Certificate of completion of an approved phlebotomy training program.

       

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

       
       
      Last modified on: 4/14/2017 2:25 PM