What is Histology Certification?

Histotechnologists are certified by the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC), a separate certifying body within the organizational structure of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Inc. (ASCP). In order to become certified as a histotechnologist, you must complete the formal certification process outlined by the BOC, which requires education, clinical training and experience, and successful completion of the certification examination for Technicians, Technologists, Specialists, and Diplomates in Laboratory Management.

There are two main certifications earned by histologists, the HT and the HTL. Check out this video to learn the difference!

The Importance of Certification

Though certification is not nationally required, The National Society for Histotechnology strongly supports and encourages the certification of all individuals working in the histology field. Certification is important for you as an individual as it will help you advance in your career and achieve the best pay grade possible. Certification is also important for histology as a profession, as it elevates the standard of our work and signifies our commitment to providing the best patient care possible. 

In addition to national certification, several states have their own licensure requirements. 

State Licensure List

BOC Mission & Vision

The Board of Certification's mission is to provide excellence in certification of laboratory professionals on behalf of patients worldwide.

To be the gold standard in global certification for all laboratory professionals.

American Society Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-541-4999 | 800-267-ASCP (2727)
Fax: 312-541-4998
Board of Certification email: boc@ascp.org

Certification Renewal Help

Need to renew your certification but not sure how? Download this NSH white paper, Maintaining Certification, for a guide to earning, tracking, and submitting your CEUs for accurate certification renewal.