Keep your certification current. It’s good for patients and your career!


The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. With that growth, it is becoming more and more regulated. Numerous states across the nation are beginning to require verified certifications for health professions. Often times your employer will require you to not only possess a National Certification, but also maintain it!

The NHCO requires the level of understanding of phlebotomy to never deteriorate. With this standard and expectation put in place it is required to continue professional development and strengthen the candidate’s individual knowledge and professional skills. Continuing education allows candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to assure the public that they have met current professional standards and qualifications required to maintain certification.

The purpose of continuing education, or employment in the field, is to maintain your high level of training and certification. 


Effective June 1st, 2024, Candidates for re-certification will be required to submit one of the following: 

  1.  10 hours of continuing education credits AND proof of work experience (minimum 1040 hours per year). 
  2.  20 hours of continuing education credits. 

This continuing education must be completed every 2 years. 

*Candidates submitting for re-certification previous to June 1st, 2024 will be required to submit either proof of work experience (at least 520 hours per year) OR 12 hours of continuing education. 

The procedure to maintain your certification is to complete the continuing education or employment time, and to fill out the NHCO recertification application located here. Make sure you first complete the necessary continuing education through before re-applying.

The rationale behind recertification is simple. Maintain what you have learned, and keep your skills honed and ready. In the medical industry, it is important to do so, most companies require it, and it is an industry norm to do so.

Keeping your certification current demonstrates your commitment to your chosen profession and to the safety of your patients.  We accept continuing education from PhlebCE.