Once you obtain your Phlebotomy license, it is not simply valid forever. You must do a few things in order to keep it current and valid. In the state of California, phlebotomy certifications expire after 2 years. You must complete six hours of “continuing education credits,” or CECs. This can be in the form of a phlebotomy class at a certified institute. There is also a renewal fee that is typically about $30.
There are separate phlebotomy license requirements for the Limited Phlebotomy Technician and Phlebotomy Technician I licenses, as compared to the Phlebotomy Technician II license. The Phlebotomy Technician II license requires that you are documented for your competency on an annual basis. You must also post your CDPH certification in a clear, obvious spot at your workplace. If you are in the ambulatory force, your CDPH identification card should be worn at all times.
Both the Limited Phlebotomy Technician and Phlebotomy Technician I licenses share the same requirements, however, you must also receive monthly reviews of skin puncture practices, by a supervisor. All in all, the trickiest part of maintaining your license is completing 6 hours (3 per year) of CECs—be sure to schedule your program well before your two-year certification period is over.