Ever wonder what the MT(ASCP) or MLS(ASCP)CM stands for at the end of a person’s name? Seeing this informs you that an individual is a certified Medical Technologist (MT) or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC).

The ASCP-BOC is the oldest and largest certification agency for laboratory professionals. Since it was founded in 1928, the BOC has certified more than 490,000 individuals and has become the gold standard for certification of clinical laboratory personnel (www.ascp.org/Board-Of-Certification).

(ASCP)CM initials after an individual’s name, indicates voluntary participation in the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) or required participation for those who were newly certified beginning January 1, 2004. The CMP provides educational and learning opportunities to promote professional competency (www.ascp.org/Board-of-Certification/Certification-Maintenance-Program-CMP).

Why the need for certification? Being a laboratory professional comes with the responsibility in providing excellent and high quality laboratory results for our patients…so get certified! To find out how to become eligible for certification, go to www.ascp.org/Board-of-Certification/GetCertified#tabs-1