[Histonet] ASCP HT maintenance fees

Podawiltz, Thomas tpodawiltz <@t> lrgh.org
Mon Nov 3 14:06:39 CST 2008

If you were certified in 2004 or after you need to turn in 36 credit hours of continuing education in order to maintain your certification. You do not need to be a member of ASCP to be certified, however you do get some free CE hours with your membership. My certification was in 85, so yes, I am one of the old farts that is exempt. However, I have stayed current with my education. even in the years that I did not practice Histology.

As a supervisor, I would not look at a resume that had an expired certification. Right or wrong I would assume that, the applicant did not take this field seriously enough by letting their certification lapse.

Tom Podawiltz, HT (ASCP)
Histology Section Head/Laboratory Safety Officer
603-524-3211 ext: 3220
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Kimberly Tuttle [ktuttle <@t> umm.edu]
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 2:08 PM
To: R C; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: Re: [Histonet] ASCP HT maintenance fees

Really? I never pay to maintain HT certification. As far as I know theres a ASCP membership fee, but you dont have to be a member to be certified. Am I wrong here?

Kimberly C. Tuttle  HT (ASCP)
Pathology Biorepository and Research Core
University of Maryland
Room NBW58, UMMC
22 S. Greene St
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 328-5524
(410) 328-5508 fax

>>> "R C" <ruebenjcarter <@t> gmail.com> 11/3/2008 12:49 pm >>>
Can someone assist me in rationalize the annual cost of maintining HT
certification (roughly $100 annually) and its benefit? Point accumulation is
generally low for classes you must pay for, and those who obtained
certification prior to 2004 are exempt. Should one not pay the annual fee,
certification is dropped Is this correct?). In that case, can one advertise
"HT" certification for future employment opportunities then, offer full
explanation (and expired certification) during interview and that be

What I generally receive from ASCP is an annual bill and a random newsletter
from time to time. Furthermore, when a bill isn't paid on time,
the termingology in the subsequent bills become similar to that of a
collection agency. Frankly, I find this mailing submission as well as state
and national meetings more informative.

Someone please clarify something I might be missing and any benefits of the
"pay out."
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