National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM)

More about the NRCM

Why Certify with the NRCM?
Article from NRCM's The Loop, Fall 2012 issue

Why I Sought NRCM Certification

Certify Your Worth
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Certification by the NRCM Is an Asset to Your Career
FoodSafety Magazine, eDigest, September 24, 2013

Certification Helps Biocompatibility Labs Provide Service, Value and Productivity

Quality Control: Certified NRCM Workforce
Reprint from PMF Newsletter, Volume 15, Number 4, April 2009

Other Sites of Interest

American College of Microbiology


Biological Safety: Principles and Practices

Manual of Clinical Microbiology

The National Registry of Certified Microbiologists certifies professional microbiologists at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels in biological safety; food safety and quality; and pharmaceutical and medical device. The American College of Microbiology and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) conjointly develop and administer certification exams in clinical microbiology at the bench and supervisory levels. For more information, visit

NRCM certification provides:

  • A tangible credential
  • Validation of your expertise
  • Credibility
  • Third-party support to your resume
  • Verification of personal accomplishment

2015 Newly Certified Registrants

The NRCM certified 48 new Registrants on June 26, 2015.

NRCM Exam Information
Information about eligibility, exam content, pass rate, practice questions, and test administration. The application deadline for the April exam is February 1.

Certified Registrant Directory
Search for fellow Registrants and update your contact information.

Annual dues of $75 are paid online through ASMscience. If you are a returning ASM customer, enter your user name and password. If you are new to the ASM, you will need to create an account in order to pay your dues. Please note that registering and paying NRCM dues will not result in future promotional messages from the ASM. If you experience difficulties, email the NRCM at for assistance.

The NRCM encourages its Registrants to keep up to date with the concepts, skills, and issues of import to their field through voluntary recertification. Registrants have three years to earn 30 hours of continuing education to recertify and to maintain their active NRCM recertification status. Recertification demonstrates your continued commitment to maintaining a standard of excellence in the field.

Emeritus Status 
Effective January 2016, Registrants holding active status may make a formal request to the Board for Emeritus status if they have ten or more years of active standing through certification/recertification, are no longer employed full-time, and do not require NRCM certification for their employment. The Board reserves the right to rescind Emeritus status if a Registrant does not meet the employment guidelines set forth. If you would like to request Emeritus status please complete and submit the first page of the recertification application.


Verification of NRCM certification is not available online. If you are interested in verifying the certification of a NRCM Registrant, please email your request to with an authorization of release form signed by the Diplomate in question.