Below, you will find detailed information regarding the State of California Phlebotomy Certification process. If you would like detailed information on the specific requirements and steps necessary to obtain your California Phlebotomy Certificate, please review our California Phlebotomy Certification Matrix below.How to Apply for a Phlebotomy Certificate (click here)
Information from the California Department of Public Health: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs/pages/phlebotomist.aspx
Effective April 9, 2003, all persons performing phlebotomy who are not California licensed physicians, nurses, clinical lab scientists, or other licensed professionals where phlebotomy is not in their scope of practice must be certified as a phlebotomist before they can draw blood.
Persons who were certified prior to April 9, 2003 ("old certification") and who were employed as phlebotomists as of that date can continue to work until December 31, 2006 provided their application for State certification was submitted to the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services (LFS) by July 1, 2006. Sometimes this is called "grand-fathering". All other persons must have the new certification in order to work as a phlebotomist.
There are three kinds of California Phlebotomy Certifications:
You are encouraged to apply online and pay via credit card by following the instructions at the top of this page.
You may also download a printable application form on the LFS web site.
The RCI staff has helped thousands of students become California State Certified Phlebotomists. Call or schedule a visit with an RCI staff member for more information.
Note: Some requirements may have changed since the publishing of this website.
Current requirements and detailed information is also always available at the LFS web site.
What do I have to do to get phlebotomy certification?
I have no phlebotomy experience:
I have fewer than 1040 hours of phlebotomy experience (half a year)
I have more than 1040 hours of phlebotomy experience.
Click here for detailed information on the specific requirements and steps necessary to obtain Phlebotomy and other State and National Certifications.