Point-of-care testing (POCT) is among the fastest growing disciplines within laboratory medicine and clinical diagnostics. With certification through the AACC Board of Certification, you can showcase your proven expertise. 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 POCT.
Who Are Certified POCT Professionals?
CPP certification is designed for all personnel who perform diagnostic tests outside the central laboratory, including 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. To be eligible for the CPP credential, you must have:
- A four-year degree in a biological, chemical, physical, or medical laboratory science or in nursing and at least two years of direct POCT work experience.
- A two-year degree in medical laboratory science or medical laboratory technology and four years of direct POCT work experience.
About the Exam
The POCT Professional Certification exam is a two-hour exam consisting of 160 multiple choice questions. The exam is only available online and is monitored by an online proctor via webcam. This allows candidates to take the timed exam in the convenience of their own home or via personal laptop at a time scheduled by the candidate. The exam is offered twice annually, in the spring (last week of May) and fall (first week of November).
Key Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2021
The following deadlines are for the fall 2021 exam cycle. All applications must be completed online and require an AACC account. AACC membership is not required.
- Applications Open: June 7, 2021
- Applications Close: September 15, 2021
- Applicants Notified: October 11, 2021
- Exam Payment Deadline: October 22, 2021
- Exam Week: November 12 – 19, 2021
- Exam Results Announced: January 14, 2021
How Do I Apply?
A completed application consists of:
- An education transcript or credential evaluation report
- Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
- Letter from a supervisor documenting your POCT work experience
- Two (2) letters of recommendation
- Application fee
View detailed application requirements here.
For complete details on the certification and application process, please review the AACC Point-of-Care Professional Certification Candidate Handbook.