CHA News Article

CDPH Adds Staff to Assist With Delays in Phlebotomist Certification Renewals

Phlebotomist certification renewals are currently taking about 45 days to process, which is significantly longer than usual. Lab Field Services, under the California Department of Public Health, has added staff to alleviate the immediate backlog and is moving toward a more automated process to reduce future delays. Laboratory personnel can track certification renewals at, which is updated each Tuesday evening. An outline of the renewal process is available at California Code of Regulations (Title 17 CCR 1031.5 (c)) requires that renewal applications be submitted 60 days in advance of the expiration date.