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Information about the Certified Phlebotomy Technician II (CPT II) Certificate

Thank you for your interest in the California Certified Phlebotomy Technician II 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 II (CPT II) certificate authorizes you to do skin puncture, venipuncture, and arterial puncture blood collection.


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/.



  • 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.
  • You must be a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT I) who holds a current, valid certificate from the Department.


    You must meet certification requirements for Certified Phlebotomy Technician I certification as listed above on the CPT I webpage.

  • You must have at least 1040 hours of on-the-job phlebotomy experience in the past 5 years as certified in writing by the director(s) of the laboratory(s) where you were employed.
  • You must complete a minimum of 20 arterial punctures that fulfill all sampling requirements of all clinical laboratory tests or examinations. During the online application process you will upload a Letter of Phlebotomy Experience for California Certification signed by an MD, DO, PA, RN, CLB, RCP, or CLS.



  • You must pass a national certification examination from one of the programs approved by the California Department of Public Health. You must have passed this certification to qualify for CPT II certification.
  • 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. 



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 Certified Phlebotomy Technician II 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 2:26 PM