Credential Maintenance Program (CMP)

The ASCP Board of Certification developed the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) to provide opportunities to obtain a wide variety of learning experiences that demonstrate your professional competency and dedication to excellence in the medical laboratory. In addition to helping you maintain your professional certification, the CMP can help you stay current on developments in your field and provide opportunities for both professional and personal enrichment. 

“As laboratory professionals, we must endeavor to be lifelong learners in order to maintain and expand our knowledge to stay current in our profession. The Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) challenges me to maintain and expand my knowledge across disciplines within the laboratory medicine field.”
               — Walter Oliveira, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CM SI, from UVA Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA

You can learn more about the CMP from the ASCP Board of Certification here.

ASCLS Makes It Simple To Maintain Your Credential

There are many steps to make it through in order to become a medical laboratory professional. Maintaining your status shouldn’t be one of those difficult steps to get through. ASCLS has partnered with the ASCP Board of Certification to make your certification maintenance as simple as can be. Remember to check out our list of continuing education options to help with this.

Tools to Help You With Your Certification Maintenance Program (CMP)

The Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) is required of all individuals who became newly certified on or after January 1, 2004, and for all active NCA certificants who are not ASCP certified prior to January 1, 2004.  

Though the CMP is mandatory to stay current, membership in ASCP is not required to maintain this certification. The CMP must be completed every three years to maintain certification. Additional details can be found in the U.S. CMP Informational Booklet.

  • Check out the U.S. Procedures for Examination & Certification Booklet here, for details about requirements and deadlines
  •  Check out certification maintenance options from National ASCLS here, check out our list of continuing education options here, and check out a package from MediaLab here.
  • Make sure you use the CE Organizer to make your documentation easy. See it here, and learn how to link or transfer your P.A.C.E. certificate data here.