Point-of-care testing is among the fastest growing disciplines within laboratory medicine and clinical diagnostics. Certification through the AACC Board of Certification documents that healthcare professionals working in point-of-care testing have proven expertise in this area and are among the top in their field. This certification is valuable for those in the clinical setting as well as industry and academia. As a Certified Point-of-Care Testing Professional (CPP), you will stand out as someone who has gone above and beyond to demonstrate proficiency in point-of-care testing.
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Who Would Benefit From Certification?
The Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification is designed for all personnel who perform diagnostic tests outside the central laboratory, which encompasses near-patient testing, point-of-care device selection and validation, quality management, operator training, regulatory compliance, and serving as a liaison with the central laboratory. These personnel may include:
- Laboratory managers
- Nursing managers
- Point-of-care coordinators
- Respiratory therapists
- Pharmacy technicians
- Nurse practitioners
- Physicians’ assistants
- In vitro diagnostic industry employees
How Do I Get Certified?
To receive the Certified Point-of-Care Testing Professional (CPP) designation, applicants must first be accepted as candidates to take an online proctored certification exam, and then must successfully complete the exam.
When can I apply to take the exam?
The certification exam is given twice annually, in the spring (last week of May) and fall (first week of November). Application windows precede each examination.
The current application window is open from January 13 to March 27, 2020.
The next period for candidates to take the exam is from May 29 to June 5, 2020.
Only complete application files received by the close of the application window will be reviewed by the application committee. Accepted candidates are then expected to sit for the exam during the period that immediately follows their acceptance.
(Please note that only accepted candidates will receive instructions on how to pay the exam sitting fee and schedule their exam.)
How do I apply?
Exam applicants must submit each of the following via an online portal that will open during application periods:
- A college or university transcript showing that the applicant has a four-year degree in a biological, chemical, physical, or medical laboratory science or in nursing from an institution accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants with educational records obtained outside the U.S. must, at their own expense, have their educational credentials evaluated by an agency and submit the evaluation report as part of their application. View requirements for what the report must provide and a suggested listing of credentialing agencies.
- A letter from a supervisor that documents at least two years of the applicant's experience in point-of-care testing within a patient care setting. The letter should clearly articulate your current and/or previous roles and responsibilities pertaining to point-of-care testing. Dates should be provided as evidence of service.
- A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
- Two letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s professional qualifications. These letters of recommendation should speak to your professionalism along with your experiences in the development, oversight, implementation, and/or validation of point-of-care testing. View our letter of recommendation guidelines.
For complete details on the certification and application process, please review the AACC Point-of-Care Professional Certification Candidate Handbook.