Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification

The Spring 2024 application period is now closed.


the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC) POCT Certification

Point-of-care testing (POCT) is among the fastest growing disciplines within laboratory medicine and clinical diagnostics. With certification through the AACC Board of Certification, you can showcase your proven expertise. As a Certified Point-of-Care Testing Professional (CPP), you will stand out as someone who has gone above and beyond to demonstrate proficiency in POCT.

The Spring 2024 application period is now closed. Please contact POCTCertification@myadlm.org for specific questions regarding a submitted application.

Who Are Certified POCT Professionals?

CPP certification is designed for all personnel who perform diagnostic tests outside the central laboratory, including near-patient testing, point-of-care device selection and validation, quality management, operator training, regulatory compliance, and serving as a liaison with the central laboratory. To be eligible for the CPP credential, you must have either:

  • A four-year degree in a biological, chemical, physical, or medical laboratory science or in nursing and at least two years of direct POCT work experience, OR
  • A two-year degree in medical laboratory science or medical laboratory technology and four years of direct POCT work experience.

About the Exam

The POCT Professional Certification exam is a two-hour exam consisting of 150 multiple choice questions. The exam is only available online and is monitored by an online proctor via webcam. This allows candidates to take the timed exam in the convenience of their own home or via personal laptop at a time scheduled by the candidate. The exam is offered twice annually, in the Spring (late May) and Fall (early November).

Key Dates and Deadlines

All applications must be completed online and require an ADLM account. ADLM membership is not required.

  • Application Open: December 4 - February 29
  • Application Review: March 4 - March 15
  • Applicant Notified: April 12
  • Exam Payment Open: April 12 - April 26
  • Test Self-Registration: April 29 - May 10
  • Exam Week: May 13 - May 17
  • Exam Results Announced: June 7

How Do I Apply?

A completed application consists of:

  • An education transcript (degrees earned outside the United States also require a credential evaluation report).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV) submitted as a single PDF.
  • Letter from a supervisor documenting your POCT work experience submitted by the applicant.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals other than your supervisor submitted by references directly to the application portal.
  • Application fee.

View detailed application requirements here.

For complete details on the certification and application process, please review the Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification Candidate Handbook.


If you have any questions about the Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification, please send them to POCTCertification@myadlm.org.