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

Member Exam fees: CAD 239.00* + TAX

Non-Member Exam fees: CAD 429.00* + TAX

*All fees are subject to change without notice


Exam Cancellation Less than 2 weeks of scheduled date No Refund
Rescheduling Exam Less than 2 weeks of scheduled date $100
Deferral Exam Request Less than 2 weeks of scheduled date $30 per reschedule
Practice Exam Fee $49
Hard Copy Certificate Request Fee $40

*Fees are subject to change and does not include applicable taxes.

EXAM Date(s):

Location: Mississauga, ON

Exam Date: March 23, 2024

Enrollment – Closed


Location: Mississauga, ON

Exam Date: May 25, 2024

Enrollment – Open


Location: Mississauga, ON

Exam Date: July 27, 2024

Enrollment – Open


Location: Mississauga, ON

Exam Date: September 28, 2024

Enrollment – Open


Location: Mississauga, ON

Exam Date: November 30, 2024

Enrollment – Open


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 with Phlebotomy training.
    • Have completed a post-diploma/graduate training in Phlebotomy within the last one year OR
    • Have 6 months of work experience with at least 25 venipuncture and 10 finger sticks (will be verified by employer.)

Internationally Educated Medical Graduates

Foreign trained medical professionals will be assessed based on work experience and credential verification.

If you are a newcomer to Canada and possess a degree, diploma and work experience from a foreign country as a Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist, you can have your academic credentials and work experience assessed and recognized in order to be eligible to write the CPT certification exam. Please send an email to for consideration.

*Education and experience gained outside of Canada does not automatically qualify or confirm your eligibility to pursue the certification exam. Please see exam blueprint and you can have your credentials assessed from any of the listed assessment services. Applicants  can also complete a training at one of our affiliate schools before challenging the exam.


World Education Services (WES)
Tel: 1 -800-361-6106
Contact WES

Access Centre for Internationally Educated Health Professionals

International Credentials Evaluation Service (ICES)
Tel: (604) 434-5734
Fax: (604) 435-7033

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
Tel: (519) 763-7282
Fax: (519) 763-6964

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:
    1. Theory – 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
      • 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.
      • Candidates must receive a grade of 62% (sixty-two percent) or higher in the theory component to successfully pass the exam.
    2. A Practical Component (OSCE) – An OSCE enables a reliable assessment of a candidate’s competence.
      • Objective – The practical content and scoring procedures are standardized. Each examination station is designed to focus on the area of Phlebotomy competence. A standardized scoring tool is used to assess, evaluate and grade the exam.
      • Structured – Candidates will be provided with a specimen collection requisition (based on province). The exam comprises of scenarios that simulates a hospital setting, diagnostic lab, long term care, walk in clinic etc. Candidates will be given a scenario prior to their assessment and will be asked to proceed accordingly.
      • Clinical – A vacutainer system method blood draw will be required and the use of a butterfly needle or syringe blood draw. The tasks in each competence represent real-life situations. This assess an individual’s ability to apply clinical knowledge and skills when, for example, greeting a patient, calming an anxious patient etc.
      • Examination – The Practical component of the exam has been developed by Subject Matter Experts (SME) and are assessed, evaluated and graded by certified professionals.
  • Candidates must receive 80% (eighty percent) or higher in the practical component to successfully get certified as a Phlebotomy Technician.
  • If a candidate is unsuccessful at obtaining the required grade in either of the two components, certification WILL NOT be granted.

Length of Exam

Number of Questions

Type of Questions

2.50 Hours

(150 Minutes)

100 Questions


Multiple-Choice Questions

ONE answer is acceptable – choose the BEST one

ONE mark will be allotted for each correct answer

NO case studies

NO multiple-choice questions with – a & b, c & d, all of the above or none of the above


Pass Mark Setting & Scoring

A modified Angoff standard setting procedure was used to determine the cut score (pass rate) for the certified phlebotomy technician examination. The modified Angoff procedure is considered an examination-centered methodology. It is examination-centered as panelists focus their attention on the content of examination items. Panelists are trained to consider a select group of examinees, termed “target candidates” or “minimally-competent candidates”. A minimally-competent candidate can be thought of as a candidate who just meets the minimal performance level of interest. These item level judgments are then aggregated to determine the panel’s recommended pass mark.

Setting the pass mark for an Exam is setting a standard of performance on which decisions will be made about an individual’s level of competence in the field of phlebotomy practice.

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

Canadian Phlebotomy Technicians Group Inc. (CPTG) certification provides assurance to employers and the public of competent, knowledgeable and skilled Phlebotomy Technicians who meets Canadian Standards. Our certification provides individuals with increased employment opportunities as a CPT.

  • 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.
  • The CPT credential validates that an individual is certified and has met Canadian standards as well as continuing education requirements in Phlebotomy, successful candidates will be able to display the initial “CPT” after their names.

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


Canadian Phlebotomy Technicians Group Inc.