Continuing Education

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 in more detail the requirements for continuing education.

Initial Year of Certification

The requirement for CE is waived for the calendar year during which Diplomate status is achieved.  New Diplomates are required to begin earning CE the year following receipt of their Diplomate status.

Documenting Continuing Education Activities

Diplomates will be notified every two years of the CE requirement.  CE activities must be obtained during the two-year period, January 1—December 31, immediately prior to submitting documentation and must total at least 50 hours for the preceding 2 years.  In addition submitting documentation as proof of CE, Diplomates must submit the current CE renewal fee

Content of CE

All continuing education must reflect the scope of practice of clinical laboratory medicine regardless of specialty. Therefore, Diplomates may achieve CE credit in any area of laboratory medicine.


To maintain active status as a diplomate, ABCC requires participation in 50 hours of CE every two years, which can be obtained as follows:

CE Requirements

Other CE Providers

ABCC reserves the right to accept other educational activities in satisfaction of the Category 1 CE credit requirement with prior application to the Board by the person, organization, or entity providing the educational activity.  To inquire whether a CE activity applies for Category 1 credit, please contact the Board before attending.