ABMLI Eligibility Information

ABMLI Contact Information

Nicole Jackson
American College of Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

tel: (202) 942-9257
fax: (202) 942-9353
email: certification@asmusa.org

ABMLI Resources

Eligibility Requirements
Exam Information
Reference Form
Testing Centers

ABMLI candidates must demonstrate appropriate education, postdoctoral training, and/or experience. Each candidate must apply under one of three “plans.”



training (years)

experience (years)

Total years of
training and experience

*Plan A

Earned doctorate as defined below.




 Plan B




 Plan C




*Plan A is intended for graduates of CPEP programs.



Applicants must possess an earned Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree with special training and experience in immunology or clinical laboratory immunology. The degrees of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), Doctor of Public Health (D.P.H.), or Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) may be accepted if the candidate's postdoctoral training and experience is deemed appropriate by the Credentials Committee. Degrees must have been granted by member institutions of the American Medical Association, veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, or by other institutions having satisfactory standards in the opinion of the Board.

Degrees gained by applicants educated outside of the United States and Canada must be evaluated by an approved foreign credential evaluation agency and deemed equivalent to those earned at an accredited institution in the United States. See the list of approved foreign credential evaluation agencies under "Apply."



Postdoctoral training must be gained in a setting where a broad range of immunologic procedures are performed under the direction of a qualified immunologist. This setting should be in conjunction with either a clinically oriented immunology service or a basic research laboratory utilizing multiple procedures applicable to medical laboratory immunology. Candidates must spend a minimum of 30 hours per week in this setting. Plan A is intended for graduates of CPEP programs.



Postdoctoral experience is a minimum of 30 hours per week spent in a laboratory actively involved in medical laboratory immunology as defined by this Board and should involve familiarity and direct experience with a broad range of diagnostic procedures, including interpretation and laboratory management, as well as supervisory duties.

The cumulative training and/or experience must include the following minimum percentages of time devoted to each of the listed areas:

  • Administrative and management activities (5%)
    Examples include:
      • Experience with accreditation (CAP, Joint Commission, CLIA) protocols and inspections
      • Quality Assurance reviews/proficiency testing
      • Budgeting
      • Test menu selection in consultation with healthcare providers
      • Assay and equipment evaluations and validations
      • Personnel management
        • Accreditation
        • Competency
      • Interaction with local or state health dept.
      • Laboratory safety
  • Diagnostic and clinical service (50%)
    Examples include:
      • Assay selection
      • Methods
        • Hands on performance
        • Didactic training in method principles
      • Assay interpretation
        • Infectious disease
        • Autoimmunity
        • Immune deficiencies
        • Leukemia/lymphoma/immuoproliferative disorders
        • Transplantation/HLA
        • Tumor markers
      • Interaction with clinicians regarding test interpretations
      • Assay Validation
        • IVD/ASR/LDT validation
        • CAP/CLIA/Other regulatory requirements
      • Assay troubleshooting
      • Working with reference lab directors for proper assay selection and interpretation
      • Clinical trials
  • Research (5%)
    Examples include:
      • Project design
      • Grant preparation
      • Conducting experiments
      • Paper preparation and submission
      • National/local meeting presentations
  • Teaching of basic and clinical laboratory immunology (5%)
    Examples include:
      • Lecture/seminar preparation
      • Instructing technologists
      • Instructing residents
      • Instructing medical, med tech, or graduate students


The minimum percentages in each area must be met and the percentages spent in each area must add up to 100%. Experience falling outside of the described categories will be scrutinized for acceptability by the Board.

Relevant predoctoral experience, such as supervising or directing a high complexity lab, may be evaluated by the Credentials Committee to determine if it meets the experience requirement.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a Curriculum Vitae or NIH biosketch to supplement their application.

All training and experience requirements must be gained after receipt of the doctoral degree.

Applicants who will complete the requisite training and experience within 60 days following the examination date are eligible to apply.

Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis by the Credentials Committee. Candidates found eligible must be examined within one year of their approval or a new application will be required.