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Inspector Tools and Training

The CAP relies on its partnership with our volunteer inspectors to offer an educational, peer-based approach to inspections. Our inspectors share their expertise to reduce risk and improve patient care. Their hard work, knowledge, and steadfast commitment to quality are invaluable assets to our Accreditation Programs.

Become an Inspector

CAP inspectors have the opportunity to observe and learn from a variety of laboratory environments. You’ll gain fresh insight into best practices that you can take back to your laboratory plus you’ll be better prepared to identify gaps in your own compliance efforts helping you to prepare for your laboratory’s inspection.

Being a CAP inspector has helped me become a better medical technologist and supervisor. I’m now intimately familiar with checklist requirements. But more important, I know how to apply this knowledge to improve quality and enhance patient care.

- Technical Supervisor, Reference Laboratory

If you work in a CAP-accredited laboratory and would like to inspect, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Update your online profile to request to be an inspector
  2. Complete a mandatory inspector training course

Only the CAP makes use of specialty inspectors for highly complex specialties such as:

  • Molecular pathology
  • Clinical biochemical genetics
  • Cytogenetics
  • Histocompatibility
  • Flow cytometry

Specialty inspectors truly understand the issues and technology of their specialty, providing valuable insight and practical advice to the laboratory being inspected. Be sure to indicate in your profile if you are interested in becoming a specialty inspector. CAP Scientific Resource Committees approve specialty inspectors.

Inspector Training

Our inspector training courses not only provide you with tools and techniques to be a successful inspector, they may also aid your own compliance and quality initiatives. Separate courses are available for team leaders and team members. These courses are updated annually to ensure alignment with CAP checklists. CME/SAM and CE available.

I found the course to be challenging and instructive, even for an experienced inspector. The scenarios were practical and related to real world situations requiring timely decisions. Very useful exercise!

- Pathologist Team Leader

Fast Focus on Compliance Mini-training Vignettes

To supplement the inspector training courses, Fast Focus on Compliance mini-training vignettes give inspectors practical approaches to handle new and perplexing topics using real-world examples.

Inspector Packet Download and Resources

Team leaders download and easily share with your team an up-to-date version of the inspection packet. You’ll also be able to view all of your upcoming inspections and your inspection history.

Download Inspection Packets for Team Leads Lock Arrow Right

For inspectors to review prior to planning international travel for inspections:

Download International Travel Tip Sheet (PDF)