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Histologic Technicians

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Certification is not required for entry-level histologic technicians, but it can aid in your hiring and the advancement of your career. In fact, according to findings from the American Society for Clinical Pathology's (ASCP) 2013 Wage Survey of U.S. Clinical Laboratories, certified lab professionals earn nearly 14 percent more than non-certified lab professionals. The ASCP's Board of Certification is the main certifying organization for professions in laboratory medicine. Applicants can qualify for the Board of Certification exam in two ways: They can complete an accredited program in histotechnology within five years of applying to take the exam or earn an associate's degree from an accredited college or university and combine it with one year of full-time work experience in a histopathology lab. Some states also require that all laboratory personnel be licensed; check your individual state department of health for requirements.

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