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Information about the Limited Phlebotomy Technician (LPT) Certificate

Thank you for your interest in the California Limited Phlebotomy Technician 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 Limited Phlebotomy Technician (LPT) certificate authorizes you to do skin puncture blood collection only. 


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 from 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.
  • 20 hours of basic 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.
  • A minimum of 25 skin punctures that fulfill all sampling requirements of all clinical laboratory tests or examinations in a clinical setting on patients. You must upload a California Statement of Phlebotomy Practical Training signed by an MD, DO, PA, RN, CLB, CLS, or CPT.



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 Limited Phlebotomy Technician 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 and the California Statement of Phlebotomy Practical Training 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 transcripts.
  •  NACES or AICE general evaluation.
  • Certificate of completion of an approved phlebotomy training program. 
  • Verification of practical training experience (California Statement of Phlebotomy Practical Training).


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

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