All Clinical Laboratory Scientists are now on a two-year licensing cycle. The former one-year licensees have all been converted to the two-year cycle expiring on their birthday in 2010 or 2011. All renewals now require 24 CE to renew for the next two-year period. CE units must be earned during the current two-year licensing period for your next renewal. You cannot “carry over” excess CE from the last licensing period or earn units after expiration of your license.
CAMLT encourages all licensees (CLS, MLT and CPT) to earn their units early to avoid last minute problems getting the required units. We have an active program of quality educational events at both the state and local level which should allow licensees to earn their CE in a timely fashion. Check out our Continuing Education Calendar to see a listing of upcoming programs.
If you are close to renewal and don’t yet have the required units, CAMLT’s Distance Learning is an excellent way to get those last minute units. There is a variety of course topics and many of the courses can be completed on-line. Use the menu link above or click here to access our Distance Learning course list. Important Information Regarding CLS, MLT and Phlebotomy License Renewals:
- The State of California, Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services is taking as long as 6-8 weeks to process renewal applications. This is due to the mandatory 3 Fridays a month furlough and the fact that the payments are processed first in Sacramento and then sent to Richmond for document processing.
- Your renewal notice should be received 60 day prior to the expiration. DO NOT wait until the last minute to send in your renewal.
- Even though for a CLS, there is a “grace” period, some Hospital organizations’ policies require an active license [not expired] to continue working. The confirmation of an active license will appear on the State Verification Web Site up to 2-3 weeks prior to the “hardcopy” being printed and is valid proof that can be printed and attached to your expired license to display until you receive your hardcopy.
- MLT’s and Phlebotomists DO NOT have a grace period. Your license expires on the date listed.
The Laboratory Field Services Web site to verify licensure is: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs/Pages/PersonnelWebsiteLookup.aspx