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CMP

U.S. Credential
MaintenanCe PrograM
®
r e v i S e d J a n U a ry 2 0 1 8

US ASCP BOC certification


categories* under the Credential
Maintenance Program (CMP) are
#0688 accredited by the American National
ISO/IEC 17024 Standards Institute (ANSI).
Personnel Certification Body *with the exception of MLA
in keeping with our ongoing commitment to assure the continued TABLE OF CONTENTS
competence of medical laboratory personnel, the aSCP Board of U.S. CMP: What you need to do 1
required Participation 1
Certification (BoC) developed the Credential Maintenance Program voluntary Participation 2
individuals with Multiple 2
(CMP). this booklet will acquaint you with the requirements of the Certifications
Synchronizing Multiple Certifications 2
CMP and will provide you with everything you need to know in order
Point allocation 2
to complete the program. Steps for Completing CMP 2
Failure to Participate 2
documentation for audit 3
the CMP provides an opportunity to obtain a wide variety of learning
U.S. CMP requirements 3

experiences that demonstrate your professional competency and ded- U.S. CMP Point allocation 4
guidelines for earning CMP Points 5
ication to excellence in the workplace. Some of the qualifying activities Suggested list of Ce Providers 7
declaration and Completion of CMP 8
include: employer offered course work, writing journal articles, serving
online declaration Form Process 8

on committees or boards, competence assessment by your employer, deadline dates 8


Change of name and address 8
and participating in formal continuing education courses. Successful Completion of CMP 8
audit Procedure 9
required documentation 9
in addition to helping you maintain your professional certification,
Submission Procedures 9
the CMP can help you stay current on developments in your field Successful Completion of 9
CMP after audit
and provide opportunities for both professional and personal enrich- Unsuccessful audit 9
audit appeals Process 10
ment. [For additional information, please refer to the BoC CMP inactive Status for required 10
CMP Participation
website (www.ascp.org/cmp).] reinstatement for expired BoC 11
Certificants and nCa Certificants
Frequently asked Questions 12
Self-assessment 15
Completing U.S. CMP 16
all program requirements, processes and fees as stated in this booklet are subject to change without prior
Step By Step
notice. revised 1/2018.
U.S. CMP: What
ASCP certified on or after January 1,
2006 in the following categories:
• Diplomate in Laboratory Management

you need to do (DLM)


• Hemapheresis Practitioner (HP)
• Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB)
• Specialist in Chemistry (SC)
• Specialist in Cytotechnology (SCT)
• Specialist in Cytometry (SCYM)
• Specialist in Hematology (SH)
• Specialist in Immunology (SI)
• Specialist in Laboratory Safety (SLS)
The goal of the Credential Maintenance Pro-
• Specialist in Microbiology (SM)
gram (CMP) is to demonstrate to the public
• Specialist in Molecular Biology (SMB)
that laboratory professionals with this des-
• Specialist in Virology (SV)
ignation are performing continuing
education (CE) activities to stay current in The Credential Maintenance Program (CMP)
their practice. as described in this booklet must be com-
pleted every three years to maintain

R E Q U I R E D C M P PA RT I C I PAT I O N certification. To successfully complete the pro-


gram, documented activities demonstrating
The U.S. Credential Maintenance Pro- continued competence must be completed
gram is required for all individuals who prior to the certification expiration date. A dec-
became ASCP certified on or after Janu- laration form documenting your required CEs,
ary 1, 2004 and for all active NCA along with the CMP application fee(s) must be
certificants who are not ASCP certified submitted at least one month prior to the expi-
prior to January 1, 2004 in the following ration date shown on your wall certificate for
categories: certification renewal.
• Apheresis Technician (AT)
CE activities obtained before your certification
• Cytotechnologist (CT)
revalidation period begins will not be
• Donor Phlebotomy Technician (DPT)
accepted. For example, if your validation dates
• Histotechnician (HT)
are January 1, 2015 through January 31,
• Histotechnologist (HTL)
2018, you will need to complete your contin-
• Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA)
uing competence activities between those
• Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)
dates. Since completed Declaration Forms
• Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
should be submitted at least one month prior
• Pathologists’ Assistant (PA)*
to the certification expiration date, activities
• Phlebotomy Technician (PBT)
recorded prior to completion may be subject
• Technologist in Blood Banking (BB)
to audit. (See FAQ8 on page 13.) Points can
• Technologist in Chemistry (C)
only be used for one certification cycle. Upon
• Technologist in Cytogenetics (CG)
successful completion of the program, you are
• Technologist in Hematology (H)
required to use the initials “CM” in superscript,
• Technologist in Immunology( I )
after your certification credential [e.g.,
• Technologist in Microbiology (M)
MLS(ASCP)CM] for the three year period your
• Technologist in Molecular Biology (MB)
certification is valid. If you do not participate in
* The Credential Maintenance Program is required for
the Program, your certification is invalid and
all Pathologists’ Assistants who are ASCP certified.
you will not be permitted to use the certifica-
The Credential Maintenance Program is
tion designation after your name [e.g.,
required for all individuals who become
MLS(ASCP)CM] when your certification expires.

U.S. CREDENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM 1


Voluntary Participation* ities for more than one category of certifica- your goals and attain the required CMP
tion, provided they fit the criteria for the points. Save all certificates of completion
Individuals ASCP certified prior to January
certification and are completed within the and any other documentation of comple-
2004 or those who received ASCP certifi-
required time frame. For example, the same tion, in the event your declaration form is
cation prior to the dates indicated on the
activity (worth 1 point) in Laboratory or selected for audit.
chart on page 3, are not required to partic-
Patient Safety may be used for both MLS
ipate in the program; however, voluntary 3. One month prior to your certification
and BB. A fee of $15 per each additional
participation is encouraged since continu- expiration date, complete the online dec-
certification will be required following the
ing education provides many personal and laration process at www.ascp.org/cmp.
application fee for the initial certification,
professional benefits. If you choose to par- Faxed/emailed declaration forms will
when expiration dates are the same or
ticipate in this program, activities obtained not be accepted. Application fees are
within three months of each other and
three years prior to the date you submit your not refundable.
certifications are renewed at the same
declaration form to the Board of Certifica-
time. (For detailed information, see FAQ4 4. Please retain all original certificates of
tion office are considered acceptable
on page 13.) attendance or any other type of support
activities. For example, if you submit your
documentation in the event your decla-
declaration form June 15, 2018, activities
obtained June 15, 2015 through June 15,
Synchronizing Multiple ration form is selected for audit.

2018 would be acceptable. Certifications 5. If you receive notification that your decla-
Certificants with multiple certifications may ration is being audited, you will be
Upon successful completion of the pro-
be eligible to synchronize the end dates of required to submit copies of the certifi-
gram, you are required to use the initials
their certification cycles. A completed dec- cates of completion and any other
“CM” in superscript, after your certification
laration may be submitted at an earlier date support documentation at that time.
credential [e.g., MLS(ASCP)CM] for the three
within the three-year cycle to coincide with
year period your certification is valid. If you 6. Upon successful completion of the pro-
another certification cycle as long as the
choose not to continue your participation in gram, you will receive a new wall certificate
three-year cycle for any one certification
the program, you are no longer permitted to valid for three years and you will continue
category is not exceeded. (For detailed
use the superscript “CM” after your certifi- to use the initials “CM” in superscript after
information, see FAQ3 on page 12.)
cation credential. However, you will still your certification initials to indicate you
continue to use your certification credential have successfully maintained your certifi-
and your original certification remains valid,
Point Allocation
cation. [e.g., MLS(ASCP)CM]
since this is participation on a voluntary Continuing education activities are awarded
basis. For example, if you are certified as a points based on the Guidelines on pages 5 Failure to Participate
and 6. It is the responsibility of the certificant
Medical Technologist MT(ASCP) and you do in CMP
not participate in the program, your initials to allocate all CMP points in the required
areas for recertification. If you were ASCP certified on or after Jan-
will revert back from MLS(ASCP)CM to
uary 1, 2004, or as indicated in the chart on
MT(ASCP), with no expiration.
page 3, and do not participate in the CMP,
* Retired certification categories are eligible for CMP.
Steps for Completing
your certification will no longer be valid after
the CMP
the three year time period printed on the
Individuals with Multiple 1. Review the online CMP booklet for pro- wall certificate and you will no longer be per-
Certifications gram requirements at this link: mitted to use the ASCP certification
A declaration form must be completed for www.ascp.org/cmp credential after your name. Information on
each category that requires participation in 2. Within the next three years, complete the reinstatement for expired certification is
the CMP to demonstrate maintenance of appropriate continuing education activi- located on page 11.
competence. You may use the same activ- ties as outlined in this booklet to achieve

2 A S C P B O A R D O F C E R T I F I C AT I O N
U.S. CMP REQUIREMENTS
CMP required for
individuals ASCP
certified beginning Total Number of
Certification Category in the year indicated* Points Required Points Distribution**

MLS/MT, MLT 2004 36 • 1 point in laboratory or patient safety (i.e., quality


control, quality assurance)
• 2 points in each of the following: blood banking,
chemistry, hematology, microbiology
• Remaining points in area(s) of lab specialty, immunol-
ogy, molecular diagnostics, management, education,
or other related laboratory areas of interest

AT, BB, C, CG, CT, H, 2004 36 • 1 point in laboratory or patient safety (i.e., quality
HT, HTL, I, M, MB control, quality assurance)
• 2 points in area in which you are certified
• Remaining points in area of specialty, management,
education, or other related laboratory areas of interest

DPT, PBT, MLA 2004 9 • 1 point in laboratory or patient safety (i.e., quality
control, quality assurance)
• 2 points in area in which you are certified
• Remaining points in area of specialty, management,
education, or other related laboratory areas of interest

PA All who are 45 • 1 point in laboratory or patient safety (i.e., quality


ASCP Certified control, quality assurance)
Effective 1/1/2022 The PA(ASCP) CMP requirements will increase from 45 to 60 points • 20 points in anatomic pathology
by adding 15 additional points in advanced cancer anatomic pathology and one point • Remaining points in the area(s) of anatomic pathology,
in medical ethics. management, education, or other clinical specialties

DLM, HP, SBB, SC, 2006 36 • 1 point in laboratory or patient safety (i.e., quality
SCT, SCYM, SH, SI, SLS, control, quality assurance)
SM, SMB, SV • 10 points in area of specialty
• Remaining points in area of laboratory specialty,
management, education, or other related laboratory
areas of interest

* And for all active NCA certificants not ASCP certified prior to January 1, 2004.
** It is the responsibility of the certificant to allocate all CMP points in the required areas for recertification.

Documentation immunology, molecular diagnostics, man- points in area of speciality, management,


for Audit agement, education, and/or other related education and/or other related laboratory
laboratory areas of interest. areas of interest.
To ensure the integrity of the CMP program,
a percentage of declaration forms will be For categorical technicians and For Pathologists’ Assistants (PA)
audited to verify completion of the program. technologists (AT, BB, C, CG, CT, H,
Minimum of 45 points to include: 1 point min-
If your declaration form is selected for audit, HT, HTL, I, M, MB)
imum in safety, 20 points minimum in
you will be notified and required to submit Minimum of 36 points to include: 1 point min- anatomic pathology, and remaining points in
documentation verifying all activities that imum in safety, 2 points minimum in the area anatomic pathology, management, educa-
were submitted for the program. (See Audit in which you are certified, and the remaining tion, and/or other clinical specialities.
Procedures on pages 9 and 10 for further points in your area of specialty, management,
information.) education, and/or other related laboratory For diplomates (DLM) and specialists
areas of interest. (HP, SBB, SCYM, SC, SCT, SH, SI,
For generalists (MLS/MT & MLT) SLS, SM, SMB, SV)
Minimum of 36 points to include: 1 point min- Phlebotomy Technicians/Generalist Minimum of 36 points to include: 1 point in
Assistant
imum in safety, 2 points minimum required in safety, 10 points minimum in area of spe-
(DPT/PBT & MLA)
each domain (blood banking, chemistry, cialty, and remaining points in area of
Minimum of 9 points, 1 point minimum in specialty, management, education, and/or
hematology, microbiology), and remaining
safety, 2 points minimum in the area in other related laboratory areas of interest.
points in area(s) of laboratory specialty,
which you are certified, and remaining

U.S. CREDENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM 3


U . S . C M P P O I N T A L L O C AT I O N
1 CMP POINT = 1 CONTACT HOUR = 1 CMLE CREDIT

Activities* Contact/Credit Hours CMP Points

1. Formal continuing education courses: **ACCME, ASCP CMLE, AACC, 1 contact hour 1
professional societies (including state, regional and ACCENT, ASCLS PACE, (50-60 minutes)
CE programs sponsored by other local societies and chapters, universities
and colleges)

2. Employer-offered courses (in-service, instrument training, 1 contact hour 1


vendor-sponsored, etc.) (50-60 minutes)

3. College/university coursework (e.g., biological/chemical/medical sciences, 1 quarter hour 10


computer management, or education) Courses must be lab related. 1 semester hour 15
CEs should not exceed 50% of the total number of required CMP points. (points not to exceed
50% of total required)

4 Teleconferences, subscription, or online self-instructional courses 1 contact hour 1


for which ACCME, CMLE, ACCENT, PACE, or other professional society (50-60 minutes)
credits are awarded

5. Completion of advanced BOC certification or qualification:


Specialist/Diplomate certification 25
Categorical or higher level certification 12
Qualification 12
(These points cannot be used for recertification points in the category
for which they were received. See FAQ 9 on page 13.)

6. Competence Assessment by employer 2


(must use ASCP/BOC Employer Assessment Form) (per year/max 4 pts.)

7. Documentation of Clinical Teaching 1


Teaching students during their clinical rotation within the scope of an (per year/max 3 pts.)
accredited laboratory training program (must use ASCP BOC Clinical
Teaching Documentation Form)

8. Research & preparation for presentation or workshop (first time only) each contact hour 3
of presentation (points not to exceed 50%
(50-60 minutes) of total required)

9. Authoring journal articles for peer-reviewed publications 5

10. Authoring a book (over 300 pages) 21


(under 300 pages) 14
(chapter in a book) 7

11. Editing a book 5

12. Doctoral dissertation 10

13. Master’s thesis 4

14. Presenting posters/exhibits 3 (per year)

15. Serving on an active BOC committee or qualification workgroup 3 (per year)

16. Serving on committees/boards related to the profession (national, state, regional, local) 2 (per year)

17. Role of on-site inspector/paper reviewer for laboratory accreditation (CAP, The Joint Commission, 2 (per year)
AABB, COLA, state agency) or training program accreditation (NAACLS, CAAHEP)

* Activities must be related to area of specialty and safety as indicated. ** ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education), ASCP CMLE (American Society for Clinical Pathol-
ogy–Continuing Medical Laboratory Education), AACC ACCENT (American Association for Clinical Chemistry–ACCENT programs), ASCLS PACE (American Society of Clinical Laboratory
Science–PACE programs).
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the large volume of continuing education programs available, the Board of Certification will not respond to requests for approval of individual pro-
grams. If the program meets the criteria as described above, it will be accepted for CMP points. Program provider must assign points or contact hours.

4 A S C P B O A R D O F C E R T I F I C AT I O N
GUIDELINES FOR EARNING CMP 3. College/university coursework
For example, courses in the biological/
POINTS chemical/medical sciences, computer man-
The CMP Requirements chart on page 3 agement, or education. (Course must be lab
outlines the number of points required to related.) CEs should not exceed 50% of the
complete the Credential Maintenance Pro- total number of required CMP points for
gram. The CMP Point Allocation chart on your category.
page 4 lists the activities for which points
4. Teleconference, subscription, or
are awarded. The numbers listed below
online self-instructional courses
relate directly to the numbered activities in
the CMP Point Allocation chart. These courses are acceptable based on
any of the following criteria:
1. Formal continuing education a. ACCME, CMLE, ACCENT, PACE cred-
courses
its are awarded, or
These courses may be completed through
b. they are offered by a professional soci-
the programs/organizations listed on the
ety (including state, regional or local
chart as well as through other professional
chapter), or
societies such as those listed under Sug-
gested List of Providers on page 7. Courses c. the course is accepted by a state
offered by state/regional/local societies and licensing board, or
chapters are acceptable as well as courses d. the course is offered through a univer-
offered through the continuing education sity or college.
departments of colleges and universities.
5. Completion of advanced ASCP
Courses offered by organizations approved
certification or qualification
by state licensing boards are also acceptable.
Achievement of a Specialist or Diplomate
Please note: Because of the large volume certification is acceptable for 25 CMP
of continuing education courses available, points.
the Board of Certification will not respond
These points cannot be used for recertifica-
to requests for approval of individual pro-
tion points in the category for which they
grams or courses. if the program/course
were received. (See FAQ8 on page 13.)
meets the criteria listed, it will be
accepted for CMP points. Program
provider must assign points or contact
hours.

2. Employer-offered coursework
Structured programs, workshops, and in-
services offered through your employer or
sponsored by a vendor will all qualify for the
CMP. (This does not include routine staff
meetings or job orientation.) Points or con-
tact hours are assigned by employer/vendor.

U.S. CREDENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM 5


Categorical certification or higher 7. Documentation of Clinical 10/11. Authoring a book/chapter or
level certification Teaching editing a book
Achievement of a categorical or higher level You may receive up to 1 CMP point per Refer to Point Allocation on page 4 for spe-
certification is acceptable for 12 CMP year (maximum of 3 years/3pts) by cific points awarded.
points: Histotechnologist (HTL), Technolo- submission of a clinical Teaching 12/13. Doctoral dissertation or
gists in Blood Banking (BB), Chemistry (C), Documentation Form (ASCP BOC form master’s thesis
Cytogenetics (CG), Hematology (H), Micro- required) for teaching students during their
biology (M) and Molecular Biology (MB). Refer to Point Allocation on page 4 for spe-
clinical rotation within the scope of an
cific points awarded.
Qualifications are also worth accredited laboratory training program.
12 CMP points Documentation form must be approved 14. Presenting a poster or exhibit
and signed by employer to receive credit. Points are awarded for posters or exhibits
Achievement of a qualification is acceptable
(Form available at www.ascp.org/cmp) presented at national, state, regional, or
for 12 CMP points: Qualifications in
Aphereis (QIA), Immunohistochemistry 8. Research & Preparation for local laboratory professional association
(QIHC), Laboratory Informatics (QLI), Lab- presentation or workshop meetings.
oratory Safety (QLS). You may receive 3 CMP points for each con- 15/16. Serving on active examination
6. Competence assessment tact hour of a presentation/workshop you committees/qualification workgroups,
by employer prepare and deliver, for the first time only. or other committees/boards related
(Beyond the scope of your job.) Subsequent to the profession, including national,
You may receive up to 2 CMP points per regional, state, and local professional
presentations of the same workshop are not organizations or committee appoint-
year (maximum of 2 years/4 points) by sub-
awarded any points. Total points for presen- ments at your place of employment
mission of an Employer Assessment Form
tations/workshops may not exceed 50% of
(ASCP/BOC form required). Your employer See page 4 for specific points awarded.
the total number of required points for your
must complete the required Employer
category. 17. Lab inspector for CAP/The Joint
Assessment Form to document your con-
Commission/AABB/COLA/state
tinued competency in the area(s) of your 9. Authoring journal articles for peer- agency or on-site inspector/paper
employment. The date of the assessment reviewed publications reviewer for NAACLS/CAAHEP
must be included on this form. One form Points are awarded for writing articles in See page 4 for specific points awarded.
per year submitted. (Form available at peer-reviewed journals in the laboratory field
www.ascp.org/cmp) or in journals for professional associations
in the areas of education and management.

“I liked that the CMP challenged me to keep reading across


multiple disciplines within the laboratory sciences field.”
WA LT E R O L I V E I R A , M L S ( A S C P ) C M S I

6 A S C P B O A R D O F C E R T I F I C AT I O N
SUGGESTED LIST OF PROVIDERS • ASCT—American Society for
Cytotechnology
Below is a partial list of providers who offer
• ASFA—American Society for Apheresis
continuing education activities including
workshops, teleconferences, subscription • ASH—American Society of Hematology
programs, online courses, etc. • ASM—American Society of
This list is only a partial list to assist you in Microbiology
planning your activities. State/regional/local • CACMLE—Colorado Association for
professional societies and other organiza-
Continuing Medical Laboratory
tions recognized by state licensing boards
Education
may not be represented on this list; how-
ever, courses provided by these groups are • CAP—College of American Pathologists
acceptable for CMP points.
• CLMA—Clinical Laboratory
• ASCP CMLE—American Society for Management Association
Clinical Pathology (CE Update, Check • CMEA—Continuing Medical Education
Sample, LabQ, Teleconferences, Work- Association
shops for Laboratory Professionals)
• CSMLS—Canadian Society for Medical
• AABB Laboratory Science
• AACC “ACCENT”—American Associa- • Excell
tion for Clinical Chemistry
• The Joint Commission
• AAPA — American Association of
• NSH—National Society for
Pathologists’ Assistants
Histotechnology
• AGT — Association of Genetic
• The American Red Cross
Technologists
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the large vol-
• AMA—American Medical Association ume of continuing education programs
• AMT—American Medical Technologists available, the Board of Certification will
not respond to requests for approval of
• ASCLS PACE—American Society of
individual programs. if the program meets
Clinical Laboratory Science
the criteria described under guidelines for
• ASC—American Society of earning CMP Points, it will be acceptable
Cytopathology for CMP Points. Program provider must
assign points or contact hours.

U.S. CREDENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM 7


D E C L A R AT I O N A N D C O M P L E T I O N O F C M P
The CMP points, required to complete the Please retain supporting documentation for To update your mailing address or demo-
program, must be obtained within the valid any non ASCP continuing competence activ- graphic information:
three year period of certification. Copies of ities completed. This documentation will only
• Go to www.ascp.org/login
certificates of participation, program syllabi, be required if your Declaration Form is
copies of publications, or any other type of selected for auditing purposes. • Click on "Profile & Settings" link
documentation of your continuing compe-
• Update information and save.
tence activities, should be retained and Deadline Dates
should only be submitted if requested as The completed Declaration Form should be
part of an audit.
Audit
submitted at least one (1) month prior to the
If your declaration form is chosen for audit,
ending validation date on your certificate.
Online Declaration Form you will be notified by email. (See detailed
Process One month prior to your certification expira- information on the auditing procedures on
tion date you may login to the ASCP website the next page.)
Within your current three-year cycle you may
to submit your online CMP declaration form.
enter your completed non-ASCP credits in
(e.g., July 1, 2018 for the ending validation Successful Completion
your online ASCP transcript. Any continuing
education courses completed through the
date of July 31, 2018). Please allow 30 busi- of CMP
ness days for the processing of your
ASCP will automatically be recorded in your Upon successful completion of the Creden-
declaration form.
online ASCP transcript. Non-ASCP courses tial Maintenance Program (CMP) you will
must be properly categorized (i.e.: specialty receive a new wall certificate valid for three
Change of Name/Address years. The designation “CM”, in superscript,
area, title, date, credits awarded).
The Board of Certification requires a copy of is required after your certification credential
all courses that have been previously to indicate that you have successfully main-
official documentation to make a name
added to your aSCP transcript (provided tained your certification [e.g.,
change (e.g., marriage license or court order.)
they are in your three year cycle) will auto- MLS(ASCP)CM].
matically populate into your online CMP To make a name change:
declaration Form. You will then be able to
• Go to www.ascp.org/login
add more credits as necessary or re-catego-
rize any credits to meet your recertification • Click on "Profile & Settings" link
requirements.
• Click on "Request Name Change" button
All CEs must be translated and provided in
• Complete the form, upload
the English language.
documentation and submit
Only after your recertification requirements
have been met will you be able to submit
your online CMP declaration form and fee(s).
Refer to the website at www.ascp.org/cmp
for current CMP fee information. Fees are
non-refundable.

8 A S C P B O A R D O F C E R T I F I C AT I O N
AUDIT PROCEDURE
To ensure the integrity of the Credential Maintenance Program, the ASCP Board of Certification will review and audit a
percentage of declaration forms each year. If your declaration is selected for audit, you will be notified by mail and
requested to submit supporting documentation of all activities submitted for the program. If your documentation is
provided in a language other than English, translated English copies will be required.

Required Documentation
The following documents are required to verify your continuing competence activities:
Activity Documentation
Formal continuing education courses, teleconferences, subscrip- Certificate of Participation including:
tion or online courses where formal continuing education credits Name of Participant, Title of Program, Name of Provider, Date of
are awarded Program, Number of contact hours/CMLE

Employer-offered courses, in-service programs, sponsored courses Letter on original letterhead signed and dated by employer/certifi-
cate/signed attendance from vendor-employer containing above
information

Formal college/university coursework Official Transcript (No Copies)

Competence assessment by employer Employer Assessment Form completed by the employer document-
ing competence in particular laboratory specialty(ies) and date of
assessment (form available at www.ascp.org/cmp)

Documentation of Clinical Teaching Completed Clinical Teaching Documentation Form documenting Aca-
demic Institution, dates of instruction and instructional areas covered,
signed and dated by employer. (form available at www.ascp.org/cmp)

Research & preparation for presentation or workshop Copy of syllabus, program or letter from organization that indicates
content, length of teaching time and name of the organization

Authoring a book or book chapter, doctoral dissertation Title page of publication and table of contents containing author
name

Editing a book Copy of cover or inside page containing editor names

Presenting posters/exhibits Abstract identifying poster session, meeting program or brochure


identifying presentation

Journal articles, master thesis Copy of publication

Serving on BOC examination committees, committees or boards Letter from organization verifying participation, in what capacity and
related to the profession dates of service

Role of on-site inspector for NAACLS/CAAHEP accredited pro- Letter from organization (NAACLS, CAAHEP, The Joint Commis-
grams or laboratory inspections for CAP/ The Joint sion, CAP, etc.) verifying your role as an inspector and the dates of
Commission/AABB/COLA/state agency inspection

Submission Procedures mailed to the following address: fication credential to indicate that you have
successfully maintained your certification
You will be notified if your Declaration Form ASCP Board of Certification
[e.g., MLS(ASCP)CM].
is chosen for audit. You will be requested to 33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
submit copies of the documents listed for Chicago, IL 60603
all of the continuing competence activities Attn: CMP Audit
Unsuccessful Audit
you completed to acquire the necessary If your declaration is audited and you are
CMP points. If your documentation is pro-
Successful Completion of unable to submit documentation of your
vided in a language other than English,
CMP after Audit continuing maintenance activities or you
translated English copies will be required. Upon successful completion of the auditing were unable to complete the required CMP
DO NOT SUBMIT original documents, process, you will receive a new certificate points due to extenuating circumstances,
except for official college/university tran- valid for three years. The designation “CM”, you may submit a letter of appeal to the
scripts. Audit documentation should be in a superscript, is required after your certi- ASCP Board of Certification.
U.S. CREDENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM 9
AUDIT APPEALS PROCESS Inactive Status for Required
CMP Participation
Audit Appeals Procedure If you wish to request inactive status for a
To appeal an unsuccessful audit, you must period of time, you must submit a $40 fee*,
submit a letter to the Board of Certification. a letter describing in detail the reasons for
This letter must describe in detail the rea- your inactive status and documentation of
sons for your inability to complete the extenuating circumstances for your request.
program and include documentation sup- Extenuating circumstances likely to be con-
porting your request. sidered include: serious, incapacitating
Extenuating circumstances likely to be con- illness over one year in duration; or military
sidered include: serious, incapacitating assignment overseas over a one year dura-
illness over one year in duration; or military tion in a location with no access to online
assignment overseas over a one year dura- workshops. Financial hardship and per-
tion in a location with no access to online sonal/family-related responsibilities are not
workshops. Financial hardship and per- considered extenuating circumstances.
sonal/family-related responsibilities are not * The inactive status fee will be waived for individu-
considered extenuating circumstances. als residing in countries requiring mandatory military
service when that is the basis for inactive status.
Your letter of appeal and all supporting doc- Documentation is required.

umentation will be reviewed and you will be


notified of the decision.

“I had a great experience with the CMP program. I think that we,
as medical professionals, owe it to the public to maintain and
build upon our knowledge of laboratory testing.”
J O A N K . K O S I E K , M T ( A S C P ) S H , M B CM

10 A S C P B O A R D O F C E R T I F I C AT I O N
To be reinstated after inactive status has the reinstatement fee due to the non-receipt Effective 11/1/2019, lapsed NCA certifi-
expired, you must submit a completed of CMP reminder notifications. The certifi- cants will be required to retake and pass the
declaration form documenting all points cant is responsible for keeping email and certification exam to reinstate their certifica-
earned within the extended period granted address information up to date in their data- tion. If this applies to you, contact
to you as required for your certification cat- base record. 10yrexpired@ascp.org
egory. You will also be required to pay the
If your certification has lapsed for ten (10) or Active NCA Certificants at Time
current CMP fee(s) (available at
more years, you will be required to retake of Unification
www.ascp.org/cmp).
and pass the certification examination for
Certificants whose NCA certification trans-
At the end of the extended period, if you fail reinstatement of your certification.
ferred to the Board of Certification (BOC) in
to participate and do not submit compelling
an active status at the time of the unifica-
reasons for continuing inactive status as Reinstatement for NCA tion (10/23/09), became re-credentialed
described under the Appeals Procedure, Certificants with the BOC certification category followed
your certification will no longer be valid and
Lapsed NCA Certificants at Time by (ASCP)CM. If you allow your BOC
you may no longer use the ASCP certifica-
of Unification (ASCP)CM certification to expire and then
tion designation after your name.
seek reinstatement, you must submit a
Certificants whose NCA certification trans-
completed declaration form documenting all
Reinstatement for Expired ferred to the Board of Certification (BOC) in
points earned within the previous three
BOC Certificants a lapsed status at the time of the unifica-
years as required by your certification cate-
tion (10/23/09), may be reinstated by
If you allow your certification to expire and gory and pay the current reinstatement fee
completing the BOC Credential Mainte-
then seek reinstatement, you must submit a in addition to the application fee. Refer to
nance Program (CMP). To reinstate, you
completed Declaration Form documenting www.ascp.org/cmp for current CMP fee
must submit a completed declaration form
all points earned within the previous three information. Fees are non refundable.
documenting all points earned within the
years as required by your certification cate-
previous three years as required by your The BOC will not grant extensions or waive
gory. You must also pay a reinstatement fee
certification category and pay the current the reinstatement fee due to the non-receipt
in addition to the application fee. Refer to
reinstatement fee in addition to the appli- of CMP reminder notifications. The certifi-
the website at www.ascp.org/cmp for cur-
cation fee. Refer to www.ascp.org/cmp for cant is responsible for keeping email and
rent CMP fee information. Fees are non
current CMP fee information. Fees are non address information up to date in their data-
refundable.
refundable. base record.
The BOC will not grant extensions or waive

“The CMP turned out to be a lot easier to complete than I


expected it to be. I had more points than I needed just by taking
the continuing education programs offered in my hospital over the
three year period.”
TA M M Y B U T L E R , P B T ( A S C P ) C M

U.S. CREDENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM 11


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q1: If I become certified but fail to complete For Example: Two CMP expiration Q3: I have multiple certifications; how do I
or participate in the required Credential dates: determine which CMP certification cate-
Maintenance Program (CMP), what hap- SBB-October 2017 gories I should participate in?
pens? Will my ASCP certification be MLS-March 2018 A: Individuals with multiple certifications
revoked?
Step 1 may participate in the Credential Main-
A: Certifications subject to mandatory CMP Choose the earliest expiration date of the two tenance Program for more than one
are valid for three years. If someone fails certifications. Why the earliest date? certification category. Points earned
to participate in CMP, their certification Because you must complete all required from any activity may be applied to mul-
will no longer be valid after the certifica- CMP points for your category within a three tiple categories, provided they fit the
tion validation date indicated on their year period. If you choose March 2018, your criteria for the certification and are com-
wall certificate. They are no longer per- SBB certification would expire before then. pleted within the required time frame.
mitted to use the certification credential Participation in more than one certifica-
Step 2
[e.g., MLS(ASCP)CM] after their name tion category will require a $15 fee per
Contact the BOC office in writing at
since their certification is no longer valid. category in addition to the initial CMP
cmpsynch@ascp.org and explain your
Individuals ASCP certified prior to application fee, when certifications are
intent. Include your full name, customer ID
mandatory CMP may continue to use renewed at the same time. Expiration
number, and certification categories/num-
the certification initials since they are par- dates must be the same or within three
bers.
ticipating on a voluntary basis; however, months of each other. A separate dec-
these individuals will no longer be per- Step 3 laration form must be submitted for each
mitted to use the “CM” designation. After confirmation from the BOC office, com- certification.
plete the required points for both
Q2: I am participating in the CMP for both Q4: Will individuals be allowed to start the
certification categories before the selected
my MLS(ASCP)CM and SBB(ASCP)CM program before the initial certification
CM end date, in this case October 2017.
certifications. The CM end date for my or re-certification date?
(Remember you may use some of the same
SBB is October 2017 and the end date
CE points to meet the CMP requirements for A: Points accumulated toward meeting
for my MLS is March 2018. Instead of
more than one certification category.) the CMP requirements must be
having to remember and keep track of
obtained between the years of certifi-
CMP points for two separate expiration Step 4
cation validation. (e.g., if the
dates, can I have only one date to Submit Declaration Forms* for both MLS and
certification validation period is Janu-
remember? SBB recertification before October 2017.
ary 2016 through January 2019, all
(Submit the current CMP application fee for
A: Yes, in most cases, certificants with mul- points must be completed within this
the the first one and $15 application fee for
tiple certifications may synchronize the validation period). Thus, any points
the second form.) *If a paper declaration form
completion of their CMP renewal obtained before your re-certification
is required, you will be provided with a PDF
process if they choose to do so. A com- validation period begins will not be
copy at the time your request is confirmed
pleted declaration may be submitted at accepted.
by our office.
an earlier date within the three year cycle
Q5: As a Laboratory Supervisor, I verify the
to coincide with another certification Step 5
certification of my staff. Currently I am
cycle as long as the three-year cycle for When your declaration forms have been
provided with their certification cate-
any one certification category is not reviewed and approved, your certifications
gory and year of certification. What can
exceeded. for both MLS and SBB will now expire in
I expect in terms of certification verifi-
October 2020.
cation status for those who do not
12 A S C P B O A R D O F C E R T I F I C AT I O N
comply with the CMP who were certi- laration form for the current cycle CMP designation is assuring the pub-
fied beginning in 2004? ahead of time. In this case, your decla- lic and their peers that they are
ration form may be subject to audit. maintaining their competence through-
A: The Board of Certification will verify the
out their career. Nearly all of the
certification category and the certifica- Q8: Can I use the 25 points I received for
continuing education courses required
tion validation period. An original wall earning my specialist certification from
by employers and regulatory agencies
certificate indicating validation dates is the BOC towards my certification
are accepted by the BOC.
also acceptable as verification of certi- requirements?
fication (copies are not acceptable), as Q10: Please provide some clarification
A: The BOC awards CMP points for the
well as primary source verification of regarding the Credential Maintenance
completion of an advanced BOC cer-
ASCP certification received through Program, membership and certifica-
tification or qualification. These points
our online service. (Please see our tion. Please explain to me the
may be used one time only towards
website: www.ascp.org/verification for difference between certification and
recertification for any certification other
further information.) membership? There seems to be
than the one for which the points were
some confusion and perhaps a mis-
Q6: Cytotechnologists in California must awarded.
perception that the CMP will be used
document 24 hours of approved CE
For example, if an MLS certificant to ensure ASCP membership.
every two years in order to maintain
earns a specialty certification such as
their California CT license. Will all Cali- A: Certification by the ASCP Board of
an SBB certification, 25 points will be
fornia CTs also be required to Certification requires completion of the
awarded and can be used to meet the
document and submit the same hours eligibility requirements and successful
MLS recertification requirements. Like-
to ASCP in order to maintain their completion of the appropriate certifica-
wise, if an HT certificant earns a
ASCP CT certification? tion examination. Previously
specialty certification such as a PA, the
certification did not have an expiration
A: Cytotechnologists certified in January 25 points earned cannot be used to
date. Individuals who become certified
2004 and beyond are required to meet the PA recertification require-
in 2004 and beyond will be required to
complete 36 points of continued com- ments.
maintain their certification through the
petency activities every three years.
Q9: I am interested in why the CMP was Credential Maintenance Program
Activities accepted by the California
initiated when every place I have been (CMP) every three years. Membership
State Licensure Board will be consid-
employed requires us to have yearly is voluntary. Certification and mainte-
ered acceptable activities for the CMP.
continuing education and regulatory nance of certification are not
Q7: I am attending a conference at the end agencies require continuing proof of contingent upon membership in any
of the last month of my recertification our competency. association.
cycle. Because I need to submit my
A: Many places do not require employees Q11: If I have further questions regarding this
completed declaration form one month
to participate in obtaining continuing program, whom do I contact?
before my certification expires, may I
education courses and the require-
document these points on my decla- A: Contact ASCP Customer Service
ments are inconsistent among those
ration form even though I have not yet Phone: 800.267.2727
that do. Additionally, not all states
completed them?
require that medical laboratory profes-
A: Yes. You may document points sched- sionals obtain a state license to work
uled to be earned in the last month of in the laboratory. We feel that this pro-
your recertification cycle on your dec- gram will demonstrate on a national
level that everyone who is awarded the

U.S. CREDENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM 13


The Credential Maintenance Program is required for newly
certified individuals and active NCA certificants who are not
ASCP certified prior to January 1, 2004. (Note: If ASCP certified
prior to 2004, CMP is voluntary)

14 A S C P B O A R D O F C E R T I F I C AT I O N
SELF-ASSESSMENT
To assist you in setting your goals and Goals
determining the appropriate activities to
meet these goals and successfully com-
plete the CMP program, please consider
the following areas:

• Your current responsibilities


• Areas of professional interest to you
(e.g., teaching, management, laboratory
compliance, etc.)

• Parts of your job that you enjoy


• Professional strengths
• Areas in which you would like to
improve your knowledge

• External factors or trends (professional,


societal, or environmental) that will
affect your profession

After you have considered all of the above,


then establish your goals and determine Activities
what activities indicated in this booklet will
help you to achieve your goals and complete
the Credential Maintenance Program.

U.S. CREDENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM 15


COMPLETING U.S. CMP—
STEP BY STEP
Step 1 Step 4
Review the US CMP booklet posted on the You will receive email notifications regarding
ASCP website for details and instructions the status of the processing of your decla-
for completing the program. Please visit ration form. You may login to your account
www.ascp.org/cmp at any time to follow and view the status of
your recertification application.
Step 2
Complete the continuing competence activ- Step 5
ities that are required for your certification If you receive notification that your declara-
category and accumulate and save docu- tion form is deficient or under audit, you will
mentation for these activities during the have 30 business days within which to
three-year period following certification/ resolve your deficiency/audit. Instructions
recertification. will be provided in your notification.

Step 3 Step 6
One month before your certification expira- Upon successful completion of the
tion date, complete the online CMP decla- Credential Maintenance Program, you will
ration process and pay the current receive a new wall certificate valid for three
application fee by credit card. Please allow years. The designation “CM”, in
30 business days for processing your dec- superscript, is required after your certifica-
laration form. tion initials to indicate that you have
successfully maintained your certification
DO NOT SEND any documentation of your
[e.g., MLS(ASCP)CM].
continuing competence activities when you
submit your declaration form. This docu-
mentation will only be required if your
declaration form is selected for audit.

“Having the BOC credentials after my name makes me feel


proud. I worked hard for that.”
TA M M Y B U T L E R , P B T ( A S C P ) C M

16 A S C P B O A R D O F C E R T I F I C AT I O N
U.S. CREDENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROGRAM 17
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, Illinois 60603
THE ASCP BOARD OF
Phone: 800.267.2727 C E RT I F I C AT I O N M I S S I O N
S TAT E M E N T
Web: www.ascp.org/cmp
To provide excellence in certification of
laboratory professionals on behalf of patients
worldwide.

revised 1/2018