When you complete your regular phlebotomy training program, you may want to become certified. Not all states require certification. California, Nevada,Louisiana, and Washington are currently the only states that enforce Certification at this time.
But, it is a growing demand. Even if your state doesn't enforce the certification at the moment, becoming certified can increase your chances of getting hired in preference to someone who is not.
Certification also allows you to complete more advanced procedures. Eventually, that can lead to a pay raise or may even let you start out making more money than a phlebotomist who isn't certified.
Many programs that offter phlebotomy training also provide extra training to become certified. Each type of certification is slightly different.
Some of the most common certifications include:
Ceritifed Phlebotomy Technician
MedCa Ceritifed Phlebotomy Technician
Phlebotomy Technician (PTY1)
Nationally Certified Phlebotomy Technician