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Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification

Applications Open: Jun 6, 2022 – August 31, 2022

Next Exam Window: November 14 - 18, 2022


AACC POCT Certification

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 either:

  • 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, OR
  • 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 Spring 2022

The following deadlines are for the Spring 2022 exam cycle. All applications must be completed online and require an AACC account. AACC membership is not required.

  • Applications Open: December 6, 2021
  • Applications Close: March 15, 2022
  • Applicants Notified: April 8, 2022
  • Exam Payment Deadline: April 18, 2022
  • Exam Week: May 16 - 20, 2022
  • Exam Results Announced: June 10, 2022

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.


If you have any questions about the Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification, please send them to [email protected].