ABMLI: Applying for Certification

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

Your non-refundable application fee and all supporting documents must be received no later than June 1. The exam is administered throughout the month of August at testing centers around the world.

UPDATE: The ABMLI is phasing out the certification exam, applications will not be accepted after June 1, 2016. 

Follow the instructions below to apply:

  1. Create a Webassessor account. 

    Click here to access the Webassessor site. You must first create a login name. You will then be prompted to create a profile. Please complete all fields in the profile to expedite the processing of your application.

    Upon creation of your profile, you will receive an automated email with your login name and password. Keep this email for your records. If your application is approved, your login information will be required to register for the exam.

  2. Pay the application fee.

    The non-refundable application fee is paid through ASMscience. You must first create an account and log in. You will find the application fees by clicking on the grey “Certification” tab. Scroll down to “ABMLI Application Fee”and click “Add to Cart”. The fee will be added to your shopping cart. You can then select the Shopping Cart in the upper right hand corner and proceed to checkout. The application fee is $450 for ASM members and $575 for non-members, both in U.S. currency. Your application cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.

    Please note: The application fee, which covers the review of the application, is non-refundable. If your application is approved, you must pay an exam fee of $400 to register for the exam.

  3. Submit official graduate transcripts.

    If you were educated within the U.S. or Canada, official transcripts must be mailed directly to the ABMLI from the issuing institution. They should be mailed to the following address:

    American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology
    American Society for Microbiology
    1752 N Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20036-2904

    Photocopies will not be accepted.

    Note: If the name on your transcript(s) does not match the name on your application form and/or reference letters, you must submit a notarized or certified copy of your marriage license as part of your application.

    If you were educated outside the U.S. or Canada, your original, official graduate transcripts (not photocopies) must be evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. (WES), a process which may take several months. WES must send your evaluation directly to the ABMLI at the address above. Transcripts received directly from a foreign institution or translation of transcripts from such institutions will not be accepted by the ABMLI. For applicants to be considered eligible to sit for the ABMLI exam, their degrees earned outside the U.S. or Canada must be deemed equivalent to those earned at an U.S. accredited institution.

    World Education Services, Inc.
    E-mail: info@wes.org

    Please note: Transcripts and WES evaluations will not be returned to applicants. No other transcript agency evaluations will be accepted.

  4. Ask your supervisor to complete the online reference form. The reference form can be accessed by clicking here .

    The minimum work experience requirement must be documented through the use of an online reference form(s) completed by your current or former immediate supervisor(s). Submit only as many reference forms as are necessary to document the minimum requirement. 

    If you have completed a CPEP-approved training program, you must have your program director submit a reference form on your behalf.

    The references provide reviewers with an adequate understanding of the depth of your training and/or experience. References will be verified.

    References must be submitted electronically using the online form and the reference must include his/her business email address, such as jsmith@hospital.org.  Yahoo, hotmail, gmail or general email addresses, such as microbiology@hospital.org, are not acceptable. An automatic submission confirmation email will be sent to the reference and applicant upon submission.

    References in letter form will not be accepted by the ABMLI.  


Remember that your application is not complete until all of the following have been received: 

  • Non-refundable application fee (payable only through ASMscience)
  • Official graduate transcripts or transcript evaluation, if you were educated outside the U.S.
  • Online reference form(s) from your current or former supervisor(s)
  • Notarized copy of your marriage license or name change certificate, if applicable

Incomplete applications will be held in active status for one year, awaiting outstanding supporting documents. If a complete application is not submitted within a year, a new application and non-refundable fee are required. No new applications will be accepted after the 2016 exam period. 


A Note to Candidates:

The ABMLI does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, mental or physical disability, or age. The ABMLI complies with the policies set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The ABMLI is prepared to assist you in applying for Board certification. Questions or comments about the ABMLI and its certification programs are welcome and may be directed to the ABMLI at the following address:

American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-2904
Telephone: (202) 942-9257
Eax: (202) 942-9353
E-mail: certification@asmusa.org