The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) was founded in 1983 and is, according to its Web site, the second oldest association in the United States specializing in certifying phlebotomists. The ASPT develops study materials for phlebotomists, develops cross-training programs, and certifies both instructors and phlebotomy training programs. In addition, it is a professional organization for phlebotomists.
The ASPT’s certification exam is offered in English and Spanish and is available at a discount to ASPT members. The fee for the exam is $55, plus the ASPT membership fee. To qualify for the exam, you must have spent six months as a full-time phlebotomist or one full year as a part-time phlebotomist. Your application for the exam must be accompanied by a letter, on facility letterhead, from a supervisor attesting that your job included the regular procurement of blood specimens. Alternatively, you must have the signature of a supervisor or instructor on your application. You must also have completed an accredited phlebotomy training program and have documentation showing that you have performed at least 100 successful venipunctures and five skin punctures. A current ASPT membership is required. Examinations are available in California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
Exam fees must arrive at the ASPT National Office a full month before the exam date. Late fees are between $110 and $130. The exam may be retaken with 30 days for the same fee as the original exam, after which it will be increased to $75. The ASPT also provides continuing education programs for phlebotomists. You are expected to have six hours of continuing education per year in order to maintain phlebotomy certification. Manuals for the certification exam are available from the ASPT for $31 apiece and can be purchased using a form on the ASPT Web site. The address of the ASPT is:
The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
PO Box 1831
Hickory, NC 28603