Your path to phlebotomy certification

Your path to phlebotomy certification

Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

Earning your CPT credentials will help you:

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Fulfill employer requirements

93% of employers require or encourage certification for phlebotomy technicians.
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Access better career opportunities

A phlebotomist's main responsibilities include blood draws, preparing blood for testing, and verifying identities.
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Maximize earning potential

A phlebotomy technician's salary ranges from $24,250–$48,030, according to the BLS in 2019.
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Enhance knowledge
and skills

Professionalism and dependability are the most important soft skills employers are looking for, when hiring a phlebotomy technician.

Certified phlebotomy technicians make a difference every day

Phlebotomy technicians are critical team members in hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and blood donor centers. As new types of tests are developed and laboratory tech positions grow, it's an especially exciting time to begin a career in this thriving field. Some tasks phlebotomy technicians may perform include:
  • Drawing blood from patients and blood donors
  • Evaluating patients' ability to withstand the procedure and helping them feel comfortable
  • Explaining blood-drawing procedure to patients and answering questions
  • Performing basic point-of-care testing, such as reading blood glucose levels
  • Preparing blood, urine and other specimens for testing
  • Maintaining medical equipment such as needles, test tubes and blood vials
NHA partners with educators and employers across the United States to educate, train and certify phlebotomy technicians. Find a job opening near you to start your journey toward this rewarding and in-demand career.
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93% of employers require or encourage certification for phlebotomy technicians. (Source: 2020 Industry Outlook)

Certified phlebotomy technician exam eligibility

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Possess a high school diploma
or GED/high school equivalency

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Completed a phlebotomy technician training
or education program within the last 5 years

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Possess a high school diploma
or GED/high school equivalency

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1 year of supervised work experience in a phlebotomy technician field within the last 3 years; or 2 years of supervised work experience in a phlebotomy technician field within the last 5 years

I love knowing that my work is contributing to a bigger cause. With my NHA Phlebotomy Technician Certification, my patients are reassured they are in good hands. Thanks, NHA!
Brea Rochon, CPT

How to become a phlebotomist in 5 steps

  1. Apply for your exam

    Create a free NHA account online, anytime, and submit your Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam application through your account portal.

  2. Set a date

    Select the date and location–online or in-person–for your exam. (An exam payment is required during this step.)

  3. Prepare, prepare, prepare

    Time to study! We're here to support you. We have study materials available, including an interactive study guide and phlebotomy practice test.

  4. Take the exam

    You'll take the two-hour exam either at your school, a PSI testing center near you or through live remote proctoring at the location of your choice. 

  5. Get your results

    For online exams, NHA will officially post your certification results to your account page within two days of scoring your test.

Is your school or employer sponsoring your exam?

When you create your NHA account, be sure to select your organization type, school or training program, or employer in order to:

  • Access any pre-purchased materials or exams available to you
  • Take advantage of possible discounts
  • Share your exam results with your school or employer

Ready to get your certification?

Prepare for your certification exam

Access CPT exam preparation materials that are designed to help you succeed.

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CPT Online Study Guide

This engaging online study guide provides contemporary learning tools such as interactive games, quizzes, flashcards, and professionalism tips from experts in the field. $50
Start Preparing
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CPT Practice Exam

Get up to six attempts on a phlebotomy practice test (based on actual exam). $44
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CPT Preparation Package

This special package includes robust interactive study materials and a phlebotomy study guide, along with the phlebotomy practice test. (Best value!) $75
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CPT Test Plan

This free study aide maps out key concepts you will see on the CPT exam. FREE
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*The purchase of NHA exam preparation materials is not required to sit for any NCCA-accredited certification exam and use does not guarantee a passing score on an exam. All NHA exams are NCCA-accredited.

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Renew your certification

Keeping your certification current is a small investment (just $7 per month!) that can help you achieve your healthcare career goals.


Certifications must be renewed every two years

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There is no penalty for renewing early


Before your expiration date:

  • Complete 10 continuing education credits
  • Pay your recertification fee

If your certification has expired, you have 1 year to reinstate it

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Continuing Education
  • 10 Continuing Education (CE) credits are required every two years to maintain certification
  • NHA's continuing education courses are free to current certification holders
  • You can complete your 10 CE credits any time prior to your certification expiration and our CE library is available online 24/7
  • Our CE library is continuously updated so you can learn the latest protocols and techniques

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