National Credential
Credential: Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA)  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: American Medical Technologists (AMT)

Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) certification validates ability to perform, or assist in performing, clinical laboratory and administrative tasks. This is an entry level certification for medical laboratory assistants who serve a key role in hospitals, independent reference laboratories, and physicians' offices. CMLAs must like challenge and responsibility as well as be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively. Candidates must meet minimum education and/or experience requirements.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68W Combat Medic Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted Q5 Special Forces Combat Diving, Medical ASI other          
Enlisted W1 Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCOM) ASI other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1040 hours
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Medical Technologists (AMT)
10700 West Higgins Road
Ste 150
Rosemont, IL  60018
Phone: (847) 823-5169
Fax: (847) 823-0458

Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA)

Option 1: Candidate should have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 1,040 hours of work experience within the past three years in which laboratory technology was the primary focus.

Option 2: Candidate should be a graduate of, or scheduled to graduate from, an academic course (or combination of courses) of study that includes a minimum of 200 didactic clock hours and a minimum of 120 hours of documented, approved clinical laboratory experience.

Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA)

  • Chemistry (8.5%)
  • Hematology (8.5%)
  • Immunology and Serology (5%)
  • Microbiology (4%)
  • Urinalysis (7%)
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control (13.5%)
  • Microscopy (3%)
  • Phlebotomy (9%)
  • Patient Test Management and Specimen Collection (8%)
  • Safety Standards, Procedures, and OSHA Regulations (8%)
  • Terminology, Anatomy, and Physiology (8%)
  • Legal, Ethical, Confidential, and Professional Considerations / HIPAA and Patient’s Bill of Rights (8.5%)
  • Clerical Skills and Duties (5%)
  • Communications and Interpersonal Relations (4%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the American Medical Technologists (AMT) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Candidates must obtain 30 Certification Continuation Program (CCP) points every three (3) years to maintain certification.

Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA)

Additional considerations for the Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) include:

  • Some states require Medical Laboratory Assistants to be licensed or registered. Information on licensure is available from state departments of health or boards of occupational licensing.