Application for Certification

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Certification Application

An application must be completed to apply for certification through the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB).  All applications must be submitted in English and no handwritten applications will be accepted.

On the application you will be asked to check the certification that you are applying for: High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD), Technical Supervisor (TS), Embryology Laboratory Director (ELD), Public Health Laboratory Director (PHLD), or Bioanalyst Clinical Laboratory Director (BCLD).

If applying for HCLD or TS, select a minimum of one (1) of the following disciplines:  andrology, embryology*, chemistry, diagnostic immunology, hematology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, or public health microbiology. 

*For an embryologist, there are two director certifications available, HCLD and Embryology Laboratory Director (ELD)HCLD certification qualifies you as a director under CLIA, whereas ELD certification does not.  An HCLD in embryology can automatically qualify for ELD, but not vice versa.  Refer to the ABB certification standards for details.

If applying for Public Health Laboratory Director (PHLD), select the Public Health Microbiology discipline.

If applying for Bioanalyst Clinical Laboratory Director (BCLD), select a minimum of three (3) of the following disciplines:  chemistry, diagnostic immunology, hematology, and microbiology or public health microbiology.


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Continuing Education

Information on the ABB PEER continuing education program to maintain your certification.