To become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician with the American Society for Phlebotomy Technicians, candidates must complete an accredited phlebotomy training program and serve as a full-time phlebotomy technician for at least six months or a part-time phlebotomy technician for at least one year. Before registering for the certification test, candidates meeting these criteria must provide a letter from a health care provider attesting that their jobs require procuring blood samples.
The ASPT also requires candidates to have documented at least 100 venipunctures and five skin punctures. The ASPT charges a $55 testing fee on top of its membership fee.
Phlebotomy technicians perform many duties, including performing basic phlebotomy procedures, evaluating patients' ability to tolerate the blood-draw process, explaining venipuncture procedures, performing basic tests on the blood samples (such as for glucose) and preparing specimens for testing according to health industry standards. Phlebotomy technicians perform their work in hospitals and blood centers. The blood that is drawn is typically used for testing or other medical needs.
Phlebotomists who obtain their CPT gain several advantages. They receive greater respect within the medical community, have stronger job security and often enjoy higher compensation. Phlebotomists are required to take a preparation program before testing for certification, and periodic re-certification is required.