PAP/NGC Programs Review
Barbara DuBray-Benstein, SCT(ASCP), PhD
The ASCP Board of Registry now requires participation in a certification maintenance
program for all entry-level technician and technologist categories including
cytotechnologists, as reported in CAP TODAY in May 2004 ("What
ASCP's Certification Maintenance Program means for you"). This requirement
was effective Jan. 1, 2004 for all newly certified individuals. Maintenance
of certification is voluntary for those certified before 2004.
The Board of Governors of the ASCP Board of Registry recently approved the
certification maintenance program for specialists and diplomates in the following
- Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB)
- Specialist in Chemistry (SC)
- Specialist in Cytotechnology (SCT)
- Specialist in Hematology (SH)
- Specialist in Laboratory Safety (SLS)
- Specialist in Microbiology (SM)
- Specialist in Virology (SV)
- Hemapheresis Practitioner (HP)
- Diplomate in Laboratory Management (DLM)
Individuals certified in these categories beginning Jan. 1, 2006, will be required
to complete the certification maintenance program to maintain certification.
The program requires 36 points (credit hours) of documented continuing competency
activities every three years as follows: one point in safety; 10 points in area
of specialty; and remaining points in area(s) of laboratory specialty, management,
education, or other related laboratory area of interest.
While this is not a requirement for those certified before Jan. 1, 2006, individuals
are encouraged to participate in the program voluntarily. Those who complete
the program successfully will receive a new certificate and an additional designation
“CM” in superscript after their certification, as in CT (ASCP)CM.
To learn more about the certification maintenance program, obtain answers to
commonly asked questions, and download an application form, please see www.ascp.org.
Select Certification and then Board of Registry.
Dr. DuBray-Benstein, a cytotechnologist consultant to the CAP Cytopathology
Committee, is a professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and
program director for the cytotechnology program at the University of Tennessee
Health Science Center, Memphis.