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

General Information

Application Requirements

General Qualifications The applicant shall be of good moral character and high ethical and professional standing. Educational Requirements The applicant must hold an earned doctoral degree (PhD) in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science or an MD, DO,…

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 Reapplication fee $500 California Licensure Exam fee $250 Exam sitting fee (clinical chemistry, toxicology) $200 per part, per attempt Exam sitting fee (molecular diagnostics) $400 per attempt Continuing education fee for Active Diplomates $250 per 2 year…

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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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.

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My board certifications in clinical chemistry and toxicological chemistry have provided me with professional and career opportunities that would be unattainable otherwise. The academic rigor required to successfully obtain ABCC certification is recognized by many as the most comprehensive and intensive in its class. As a practicing clinical chemist in the United States, obtaining ABCC certification was the best choice I could have made.

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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.