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Laboratory Testing Technicians

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Depending on what type of laboratory technician you want to be, you may need certification or licensing. For example, certification for those who work as medical technicians is voluntary. However, it is highly recommended and some employers may even require it. Organizations offering certification include American Medical Technologists, American Association of Bioanalysts, and American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. In addition, a number of states require that laboratory workers be licensed. Check with your state's occupational licensing board to find out specific requirements for your area. Moreover, make sure any program or community college you are considering will provide the courses and experience you need for licensing.

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