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Your Path to becoming a Certified Phlebotomy Technician

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Phlebotomy technicians are healthcare professionals responsible for obtaining blood specimens from patients. They are skilled in performing various procedures such as venipuncture, micro-collection, and specimen processing while ensuring patient safety and confidentiality.

Exam Overview

Please read carefully before starting the application process

Membership fees: CAD 129.00 + TAX

Exam fees: CAD 189.00 + TAX

Exam Date(s):

BRAMPTON, ON TO BE ANNOUNCED
HAMILTON, ON TO BE ANNOUNCED
KITCHENER, ON TO BE ANNOUNCED
LONDON, ON TO BE ANNOUNCED
SCARBOROUGH, ON TO BE ANNOUNCED
TORONTO, ON TO BE ANNOUNCED
WINDSOR, ON TO BE ANNOUNCED

Eligibility

To write the certification exam, you must meet all of the following condition:

  1. Must be a current member of CPTG
  2. Must fulfill at least one of the following requirements:
    • Must be a graduate from a recognized Canadian Post-Secondary Institution in a Medical Discipline OR
    • CSLMS certified OR
    • Have completed a training in Phlebotomy within last six months OR
    • Have 6 months of work experience with at least 25 venipuncture and 10 finger sticks (will be verified by employer.)

Exam Development Process and Validation

The Board of Directors chooses certified subject matter experts (SME) to form exam panels, the SMEs possess current knowledge of curricula in Phlebotomy and are active professionals in the field. This panel is responsible for the development of the exam and blueprint, the exam is validated to ensure a fair, defensible, relevant assessment.

The examination is developed to measure against a defensible set of standards to recognize an individual’s knowledge, skills and competency in Phlebotomy. Professional consultants facilitate the development process and provide measurement expertise.

 Competencies, guidelines and specifications that outline the way they should be measured on the examination are presented in the CPTG blueprint. 

The exam passes through several steps to ensure it reflects current Phlebotomy practice and are professionally and psychometrically sound.

Exam Format

  • The exam consists of two sections, each worth 50% of the total grade:
    1. 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and
    2. A Practical Component
  • Exam questions have been developed by subject matter experts (SME) who are active professionals in the field.
  • Exam will be edited and updated as needed to reflect current information in the field of Phlebotomy

Pass Mark Setting

The pass mark for the exam is set to determine standards of performance about an individual’s level of competence in Phlebotomy. Expert judges determine the pass mark for the examination, based on a discussion of the issues involved in credentialing and their assessment of the examination. A major advantage to this methodology is that the determined pass mark is based on the content of the examination. The pass mark is set in direct reference to the candidates, the competence required of the candidates, and the difficulty of the items themselves and, as a result, it is considered fair and valid.

Exam Retakes

  • Candidates can resit for the exam if a required grade is not obtained.
  • Candidates willing to resit for the exam must submit a new application form and associated certification exam fees must be paid.
  • Exam-takers should note that there is no discount on certification exam fees for retakes.

Application Process

  • Please download and complete the application form given at the end of this page.
  • Please mail the completed application form to our mailing address given at the end of this page.
  • Ensure the complete application is submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the exam date.
  • After submission, please allow 2-3 business days to process your application.
  • Please submit any special accommodation request along with your application.
  • You must provide proof of eligibility to write the certification exam.
  • All supporting documents that prove your eligibility must be Notarized by a Notary public and be mailed along with the application form.
  • Once your documents are verified, you will receive an email confirming your eligibility to sit for the exam.

Credential Earned

  • Upon successful completion of the examination both theory and practical, the professional title of Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) is awarded.
  • Certification is the process by which CPTG grants recognition of competence to an individual.

Maintaining Certification

  • Be a member in good standing with CPTG
  • Submit proof of yearly continuing education
  • For certification to remain valid, members will need to submit their annual fees
  • Certification is valid from January 1st to December 31st each year

CPTG APPLICATION RESOURCES

CPTG MAILING ADDRESS

Canadian Phlebotomy Technicians Group Inc.
P.O BOX 36060 NORTHGATE,
BRAMPTON, ON L6S 6A3
CANADA