Certification for professional medical technologists, laboratory technicians, physician office laboratory technicians and phlebotomy technicians
The primary purpose of the AAB Board of Registry is to identify, on a non-discriminatory basis, those individuals who meet the minimum requirements for certification as an:
These requirements do not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, or source of national origin.
Of the twelve states that require MTs and MLTs to pass a certifying or licensure examination, eleven recognize the AAB Board of Registry examinations:
- California - Nevada - Florida - North Dakota - Georgia - Rhode Island - Hawaii - Tennessee - Louisiana - West Virginia - Montana
[NOTE: The State of Florida now recognizes the AAB Board of Registry’s Medical Technologist (MT) examinations in andrology, embryology and molecular diagnostics, in addition to the disciplines of Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Immunohematology, and Microbiology.]
IMPORTANT: Passing the AAB Board of Registry’s examinations may not be the only requirement for licensure in these states. Individuals must also meet the state’s educational, training, experience, and continuing education requirements to qualify for state licensure. Check with the state's clinical laboratory personnel licensing agency to obtain information specific to that state's licensure requirements.
The AAB Board of Registry, since its inception in 1962, has championed the concept of a career ladder that includes “alternate routes” to formal academic degrees.
In doing so, the AAB Board of Registry places more importance on having the requisite knowledge and skills than on where or how the knowledge and skills are obtained.
Therefore, the AAB Board of Registry maintains alternate pathways for certification that permit individuals to qualify through a combination of formal education, training and experience.
The AAB Board of Registry’s requirements for Medical Technologist (MT) are consistent with the CLIA requirements for individuals performing high complexity testing. Therefore, the AAB Board of Registry requires laboratory training that includes either of the following:
1. Completion of a clinical laboratory training program approved or accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) (formerly CAHEA), or other accrediting agencies approved by HHS. (This includes individuals who have earned an associate degree from an accredited community college with a major in medical technology.) OR 2. At least three (3) months of documented laboratory training in each specialty in which the individual performs high complexity testing. (This training may be included int he 60 semester hours of college credit constituting the equivalent of an associate degree.)
Successful applicants lacking the required training are given a “provisional” certification. This provisional certification is continued until such time as the AAB Board of Registry receives written documentation attesting to the certificant’s successfully completing the training requirements.