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Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification


AACC POCT CertificationPoint-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
  • Pharmacists
  • 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 successfully complete an online proctored exam and must provide each of the following:

  1. A college or university transcript showing that the applicant has a four-year degree in a biological, physical, or medical laboratory science 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.

  2. 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.

  3. A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

  4. 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 the application process, please review the AACC Point-of-Care Professional Certification Candidate Handbook.

Important Dates

The application window closes on September 16, 2019. Only complete application files received by this date will be considered. Accepted candidates are expected to sit for the exam during the period that immediately follows their acceptance.

The next period for candidates to take the exam is from November 1 - 8, 2019.

Accepted candidates will receive further instructions on how to pay the exam sitting fee and how to set a day and time to take the exam.

Future Cycles: Exam periods occur twice annually, in the spring (last week of May) and fall (first week of November). Application windows will open at least four months prior to each exam period and will remain open for at least 60 days. Please check back here for updates on upcoming application and exam windows.


If you have any questions about the Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification, please send them to POCTCertification@aacc.org.