American Medical Technologists (AMT) is a professional association, based in Illinois, for medical technicians, including phlebotomists. It is also a standards organization and it provides certification for technologists in the health-care field. As a professional association, the AMT has 46,000 members across the United States.
Founded in 1939, the AMT has become widely recognized and its certification accepted by most health-care employers. The certification exams can be taken at Pearson VUE testing centers and, in many cases, at the school where you received your phlebotomy training. Before the exam, you can acquire study materials from the AMT to help you prepare. You can contact the AMT via their Web site or at either of the following phone numbers: 847-823-5169 or 800-275-1268.
The certification exam can either be taken on paper or on computer. The latter tests are available at the Pearson VUE centers. Computerized tests are scored immediately so that you’ll know whether you passed before you leave the exam center, though official notification of tests scores will be received later in the mail. Exam questions are multiple choice, and an outline of the subject matter is available from the AMT. Practice exams with 100 sample questions can be purchased from the AMT for $25. You’ll need to contact the AMT in advance to schedule an exam and submit the requested fee. If you don’t pass the exam, you can retake it between three months and two years after the previous attempt. A retesting fee is required. You’ll need to bring two forms of ID to the test, including photo identification. Tests are available approximately 300 days per year, with only Sundays and holidays excluded.
You can keep your certification current by submitting an annual fee to the AMT. Every three years you’ll need to submit proof that you have been attending continuing education classes to keep your knowledge of the field current.