The idea of getting a phlebotomy certification is something that’s pretty central to the field of phlebotomy, and if you’re interested in becoming a phlebotomist, chances are it’s something that you may have thought about. There are different rules for different states, and not all states require phlebotomists to be licensed or certified in order to practice phlebotomy. There are also no federal requirements for phlebotomy licensure or certification. California, Louisiana, Nevada, and Washington state have state level requirements for training and licensure. In the future, more states could also adopt this strategy where phlebotomists must be licensed at the state level.
In states where there aren’t any state level licensing requirements, a phlebotomist isn’t required to be licensed or certified to practice phlebotomy, but many employers may require their phlebotomists to be certified by one of the non-governmental certification agencies such as American Medical Technologists (AMT) or the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Employers may require this to set a minimum level of skill and competency among their staff, so if you’re considering going into phlebotomy, it’s a good idea to consider becoming certified.
Some schools and training courses may offer a phlebotomy certification as part of the curriculum, but others may not so it’s important to make sure that all things are properly considered before signing up for a training course. Not all courses may meet the requirements of the various certification agencies, either, so it may be a good idea to contact a certification agency that interests you before signing up for a training course. So, let’s say that you’re interested in receiving a phlebotomy certification from AMT, it’s a good idea to talk to them and tell them about the course that you’re thinking of taking to see if it meets their requirements so you don’t end up taking a course only to find out later that it didn’t meet the requirements of AMT and you can’t get a certification from them. As mentioned earlier, it’s also important to check at the state level, even if you don’t live in California, Louisiana, Nevada, or Washington state just to make sure that there aren’t any extra state level requirements that you might need to meet, because any state could add requirements at any time, and it’s important to make sure that you fully understand what needs to be done in order to properly go about obtaining a phlebotomy certification. Being informed will make things easier, and also help to make sure that you don’t make any mistakes during the process.