What is Certification?

The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) is a separate certifying body within the organizational structure of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Inc. (ASCP). Since 1928, BOR has been widely recognized as the preeminent leader in the certification of medical laboratory professionals. Today, BOC offers a formal certification process that requires education, clinical training and experience, and successful completion of the certification examination for Technicians, Technologists, Specialists, and Diplomates in Laboratory Management.

The Importance of Certification

The Histotechnology profession is committed to protecting the public and delivering the highest quality of patient care possible. Though certification is not nationally required, The National Society for Histotechnology strongly supports and encourages the certification of all individuals working in the histology field.

In addition to national certification, several states have their own licensure requirements. 

State Licensure List

Maintaining Certification

Studying for and passing an ASCP Board of Certification certification exam signals to your employer that you meet the highest level of academic and clinical standards. Although certification is voluntary,  individuals have the responsibility to demonstrate competence before expecting the recognition and rewards of a profession. In addition certification and the process of certificate maintenance through continuing education lend credibility to the profession in legislative and policy arenas.

Continuing education is a lifelong process and is motivated by a number of factors, including curiosity, self identified gaps in knowledge, and the desire to provide the very best care to one’s patients. It requires that the Histotechnology professional continually develop his or her knowledge and skills, both through traditional continuing medical education and other activities, such as case consultation with colleagues, peer review, and regular reading of professional journals and other relevant publications.

Individuals certified through ASCP are required to participate in ASCP's Certification Maintenance Program, which requires completion of 36 hours of continuing education over the course of three years. 

BOC Mission & Vision

The Board of Certification's mission is to provide excellence in certification of laboratory professionals on behalf of patients worldwide.

To be the gold standard in global certification for all laboratory professionals.