July 26, 2015

National Phlebotomy Association

The National Phlebotomy Association (NPA), founded in 1978, has one goal: to educate and certify American phlebotomists. To that end, it offers training, continuing education, and a series of certification exams in phlebotomy. According to its Web site, it has certified more than 15,000 phlebotomists across the United States, as well as in Canada and Switzerland. The NPA also performs studies on safety in blood handling and issues safety recommendations. Its training program costs $500. Applications for its training program and for certification are available on its Web site. The NPA can be contacted at:

National Phlebotomy Association, Inc.
1901 Brightseat Road
Landover, MD 20785

To qualify for the National Phlebotomy Association Certification Exam, you must have documentation proving that you attended an NPA-approved Allied Health Program that includes venipuncture and a clinical practical with documented evidence of attendance. According to the NPA Web site, “The program must award 16 continuing education units or be offered as a course with at least 160 contact hours of lecture time, excluding the phlebotomy practical. The training program must include at least 200 hours of practical experience either with mannequins or clinical practicum or a combination of both.”

The application fee for the National Phlebotomy Association Certification Examination is $130. The exam is given in two parts and takes three hours to complete. Only partial refunds are given if you are not able to attend, and the reasons for your absence must be documented and are subject to NPA approval. You must bring a picture ID and No. 2 pencil to the examination site. You must receive a score of at least 70 percent to pass. Scores will be sent in the mail eight to ten weeks after the exam. If you wish, you can take the exam again within two to three months, but you must make a full application and pay a fee.

Certification is good for one year, after which your certification can be renewed for a fee of $65 while your certification is current. If your certification lapses, a reinstatement fee of $175 is required. Replacement certification cards and certificates are available for $15, and you may purchase an optional pin stating that the wearer is a Certified Phlebotomist Technologist for $35. Exam prep materials are available from the NPA.