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Fees and Application Procedures


Scope of Certification

The Certified Point-of-Care Testing Professional (CPP) credential certifies individuals as competent in point-of-care testing. It documents that the individual has demonstrated competency in U.S. regulations and compliance, quality management, education and training, instrument selection and validation/verification, connectivity and information technology, leadership and communication, sample types, policies and procedures, clinical applications, and technology and methodology.


All applicants must pay the application fee in order to have their application reviewed.

Accepted exam candidates must pay the additional exam sitting fee to be registered and sit for the exam. All fees are non-refundable once paid.

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Application Process

An application fee and all required documents must be submitted via our online submission portal by the deadline in order for your application to be reviewed.

Exam applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Education Requirements: A college or university transcript showing that the applicant has a four-year degree in a biological, chemical, physical, medical laboratory science, or nursing from an institution accredited by and organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Alternatively, a two-year degree in medical laboratory science or medical laboratory technology would meet minimum education requirements. Applicants with educational records obtained outside the U.S. must, at their own expense, have their educational credentials evaluated by an approved credentialing agency and submit the evaluation report demonstrating that the degree is equivalent to a four-year degree in biological, physical, or medical laboratory science issued in the United States. Transcripts must provide a confirmation of degree status and a breakdown of courses with credits and grade equivalents.

  2. Supervisor Letter: A letter from a supervisor that documents at least two years of the applicant's experience in point-of-care testing within a patient care setting. For applicants with a two-year degree in medical laboratory science or medical laboratory technology, four years of experience in point-of-care testing is required. The letter should clearly articulate your current and/or previous roles and responsibilities pertaining to point-of-care testing. Dates should be provided as evidence of service.

  3. Resume: A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

  4. Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s professional qualifications. These letters of recommendation should speak to your professionalism along with your experiences in the development, oversight, implementation, and/or validation of point-of-care testing. CPP Letter of Recommendation Guidelines.

After your application is reviewed, you will receive an email stating either that you have been accepted as an exam candidate or that you are not eligible for the examination.

Once accepted, an exam candidate must take the examination during the exam period that immediately follows his or her acceptance.

Taking the Exam

If you are accepted as an exam candidate, shortly after you pay the exam sitting fee you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule an appointment to take the examination.

The Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification exam is a two-hour online exam consisting of 175 multiple choice questions. The examination 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.

View additional details on online proctoring, including technical requirements necessary for taking this online proctored examination. AACC accepts the use of internal or external webcams.

Reapplying for Certification

Candidates who fail the Point-of-Care Testing Professional Certification exam may reapply to take the exam a second time within one year of the date of their first examination. A new application and application fee will be required, and the same application review and exam procedures will apply. Payment of a new exam sitting fee will also be required.

If a candidate is unsuccessful after a second examination attempt, reapplication will be denied for a period of two years. The purpose of this is to give the candidate time to gain additional experience and knowledge before another exam sitting.