ASCP BOC

July/August 2018

BOC 90

 

The Early Years of the ASCP Board of Certification (formerly Board of Registry)

The very beginning of the Board of Certification started with the formation of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) in 1922. The first mention of the need to identify the "qualified technician" on a national scale was contained in a paper written in 1918 by John Kolmer, MD, as the United States entered World War I.

In April 1926, at the ASCP meeting, a resolution was passed instructing the president to appoint a "Committee on the Registration of Laboratory Technicians" composed of four members. And so it began … The Early Years: Recognition of Laboratory Technicians through ASCP

 

July 2018 BOC Procedure Booklets Available in Early August

The following revised booklets will be available online in early August:

 

Update on the Online Application Process

Previously, applicants could begin an online application and it would remain active indefinitely. In some cases, multiple applications were started by the same individual that remained incomplete. In order to avoid duplicates and ensure current information, applications will only remain active for 30 days after the date the application is started. If the application is not completed, and payment is not received and processed within 30 days, the application will be cancelled, and will no longer appear on the applicant's Dashboard. If the individual wishes to apply after that time, they will need to start a new online application, and complete the payment process within 30 days.

For individuals or institutions paying by check, the check will need to be mailed within thirty days of the application being started.

 

New BOC Study Guides Available

Two new study guides are now available:

 

ASCP BOC Practice Analysis and the ASCLS Entry Level Curriculum

A paper written in collaboration with ASCLS and the ASCP Board of Certification titled, Purpose and Methodology of the ASCLS Entry Level Curriculum and the ASCP BOC Practice Analysis, is now available that describes both of these processes and identifies the purpose of each.

 

Access to Program Performance Reports (PPR) for Faculty

We have listened to your feedback and are now able to add multiple users from an institution to access PPR data for your program. If there is someone other than the Program Director who should also have access to the PPR information, please email PDInfo@ascp.org with the name of the institution, school code, and name and email address of individuals who should be added. Please note that the Program Director will remain the only person able to access the EEV (Exam Eligibility Verification) to verify students' completion of the program.

 

Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) Certificates Discontinued

Beginning July 1, 2018, the ASCP Board of Certification will no longer issue CMP wall certificates every three years upon completion of the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP). In its place, the BOC will be issuing access to an electronic renewal letter. This will allow certificants faster notification of successful completion of the CMP with the ability to print notification results.

The elimination of CMP wall certificate is due in part to the steady increase in the number of BOC wall certificates being used fraudulently. And, after reviewing the recertification procedure for a number of professional certification bodies, we found that providing a notification of recertification rather than a wall certificate is standard practice.

Upon successful completion of initial BOC certification, examinees will receive a wall certificate indicating their certification by the ASCP Board of Certification. These wall certificates should be safeguarded. They should not be photographed or posted on social media. Instances of fraud have been traced back to individuals who posted their BOC certificate and other personal documents (i.e., college transcripts) on social media. Unfortunately, individuals who post this type of personal information are at risk for identity theft as well as providing an opportunity for others to commit certification fraud.

Please note, the only way to definitively verify ASCP certification is through primary source verification.

 

Important - Program Changes

Please be sure to notify the BOC office if any of your program information changes, such as your email address, program status, program director, or mailing address. Please notify Kristin Blake at kristin.blake@ascp.org. For program directors from international countries for ASCPi certification, please notify Angela Sreckovic at Angela.Sreckovic@ascp.org.

 

Important Information for Students in California and New York - Revised

Please ensure that your students become certified and complete the examination for licensure by applying for Certification and Licensure on the online application. If students apply for licensure only, they will be required to reapply for certification and take the certification examination. By applying for and taking the certification examination, their examination scores are acceptable for licensure in California and New York. All other state licensure requirements must be met to obtain state licensure. For additional information, see the CA and NY NAACLS student information form.

 

FYI -

Understanding ASCP BOC Certification Examinations

Brief explanations on a variety of topics related to the BOC certification examinations are available at Understanding ASCP BOC Certification Examinations.

 

Do You Have Students Missing From Your PPR or EEV Reports?*

When your students complete the online application, please remind them to use the drop-down list of programs to select the program they completed. When students enter the name manually, the school is not recognized, and these students' names will not appear on your PPR or EEV reports. If your program is not listed, please let us know immediately by contacting Kristin Blake at kristin.blake@ascp.org.

 

Determining Your Students' Examination Eligibility and Transcripts*

For information on determining your students' eligibility and transcript requirements, details on these topics are provided at Students' Eligibility and Transcript Requirements.

 

Applicants Requesting Modifications Due to a Disability

If any of your students require a modification due to a disability, we request that your students notify our office in writing at the time of application. Complete information regarding documentation is available on the website.

 

User's Guide for Program Performance Reports*

Please see the User's Guide for Program Performance Reports for all the latest information on accessing and using the PPRs to your program's best advantage.

 

How to Locate Your Certification Number

If you need to locate your certification number, you may access it by logging into your record and clicking on "Home Page" under "My BOC Activities." Then click on the "View Certifications" link.

If you require primary source verification of your certification, this information is available at Verification of Certification. There is a $16 charge for this service.

 

*UNITED STATES ONLY

 

Board of Certification Contacts:

Please contact the following individuals if you have questions or concerns regarding:

U.S. application processing

Renee Allegrucci at 312.541.4941

Wall Certificates/Credential Maintenance

Julie Mueller at 312.541.4940

Program Performance Reports (PPR) and
Examination Eligibility Verification (EEV)
login issues (U.S. only)

Kristin Blake at 312.541.4949 or
kristin.blake@ascp.org

International certification

Angela Sreckovic at angela.sreckovic@ascp.org

Program Director inquiries (U.S. only)

PDInfo@ascp.org

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Questions or Comments?
If you have any questions or comments on the information contained in this issue, please email us at Geraldine.Piskorski@ascp.org. We look forward to hearing from you.