COVID-19 Update: The ABCC's next application deadline is November 1, 2021, and it's next examination cycle is August 25-26, 2021. We are requesting application materials be sent electronically to ABCC is working with the testing centers regarding examination administration for the August 2021 exam. Any changes in delivery and details in test dates will be communicated directly with the test taker.

General Information

Application Requirements

ATTENTION: Please note that the ABCC Examination Application is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance, and will be reopened for submissions in Early September 2021. Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to reach out to…

Continuing Education

As of January 1, 2004 Diplomates of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry must document 50 contact hours of continuing education (CE) credit every two years in order to maintain listing in the directory of active Diplomates. The following describes…

ABCC Fee Schedule

Application Fee $500.00 Reapplication Fee $500.00 California Licensure Exam Fee $250.00 Exam Sitting Fee (Clinical Chemistry, Toxicological Chemistry) $200 per part, per attempt Exam Sitting Fee (Molecular Diagnostics) $400.00 per attempt Continuing Education Fee for Activity Diplomates $250.00 per 2…

Non-Disclosure Agreement

ABCC Initiates Use of Non-Disclosure Agreement for Exam Candidates In a move to further safeguard its exam content, ABCC will ask exam candidates to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to sitting for examination beginning with its 2015 exams. The non-disclosure…

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Becoming board certified in clinical chemistry has given me the opportunity to move into a high profile position at my institution.  The credentials have also provided me with opportunities to moonlight as a forensic toxicology director and consult on project that would have otherwise been out of reach.  I would highly recommend becoming a board certified Diplomate.

My main area of practice is postmortem forensic toxicology. Being board certified in toxicological chemistry shows my colleagues, regulatory agencies, and the courts that I also have competence in the interpretation of test results pertaining to living individuals. Also, due to the continuing education requirements associated with this certification, I can better evaluate different case types with confidence that my skill set remains current with the latest clinical laboratory developments.


The ABCC credential speaks for itself—it indicates a level of knowledge, training, and expertise in our field.  People with a variety of educational backgrounds may serve as clinical consultants, and board certification provides a common baseline.  In my current position, I provide consultation to clients from across the United States, and board certification helps define my role.