Preparing for the ihc qualification



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  • Presented by:
  • Ethel R Macrea, HT (ASCP)QIHC
  • Southwest Skin Pathology Services
  • Tucson, AZ
  • dawnbrok@earthlink.net

Provide basic information regarding the exam

  • Provide basic information regarding the exam
  • Review in depth the outline provided by ASCP
  • Delve into concepts and principles of troubleshooting
  • Time permitting, play an IHC version of the game JEOPARDY!

The information to be reviewed is intended to aid the applicant in study and preparation for ASCP’s Qualification in Immunohistochemistry exam.

  • The information to be reviewed is intended to aid the applicant in study and preparation for ASCP’s Qualification in Immunohistochemistry exam.
    • In and of itself, this is not a study guide.
    • The ASCP has not provided any information, suggestions or recommendations for this workshop.
    • Studying for the exam is the responsibility of the applicant.

33 West Monroe, Suite 1600 Chicago, IL 60603

  • 33 West Monroe, Suite 1600 Chicago, IL 60603
  • Phone: 312-541-4999 800-267-ASCP (2727) Fax: 312-541-4998 General Information e-mail: info@ascp.org
  • New
  • Address!

The best place to begin is actually at the ASCP Board of Registry Website

  • The best place to begin is actually at the ASCP Board of Registry Website
  • http://www.ascp.org/FunctionalNavigation/certification/GetQualified.aspx
  • Review the information regarding the exam
    • Fees
    • Eligibility requirements and routes
    • Required experience
    • Application process and forms
    • Scheduling the exam
    • Studying for the exam
    • Results
    • Revalidation
  • Here’s is what the website will look like if you use the link that was provided.

Identify the Qualification you’re applying for and determine your eligibility.

  • Identify the Qualification you’re applying for and determine your eligibility.
    • For each qualification category, you’ll find a choice of routes that you can take to verify your eligibility for the qualification, depending on the education and training you’ve completed. Find out the eligibility requirements for your qualification—
      • Qualification in Cytometry, QCYM
      • Qualification in Immunohistochemistry, QIHC
      • Qualification in Laboratory Compliance, QLC
      • Qualification in Laboratory Informatics, QLI
    • *Requirements and fees stated are subject to change without notice

To be eligible for this Qualification, an applicant must satisfy the requirements of at least one of the following routes:

  • To be eligible for this Qualification, an applicant must satisfy the requirements of at least one of the following routes:
  • Route 1: ASCP technologist or specialist certification and six months full time acceptable experience in immunohistochemistry in the U.S., Canada or a CAP/The Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited laboratory within the last five years
  • Route 2: ASCP technician certification (HT, MLT) and twelve months full time acceptable experience in immunohistochemistry in the U.S., Canada or a CAP/The Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited laboratory within the last five years
  • Route 3: Baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college/ university, and eighteen months full time acceptable experience in immunohistochemistry in the U.S., Canada or a CAP/The Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited laboratory within the last five years.

If you work in a research laboratory, you can take the exam if you meet any one of Eligibility routes.

  • If you work in a research laboratory, you can take the exam if you meet any one of Eligibility routes.
  • If you work in veterinary histology, you can take the exam if you meet any one of Eligibility routes
  • If you have worked in any combination of research, clinical, veterinary histology/immunohistochemistry, you can take the exam if you meet any one of Eligibility routes
  • Excperience in IHC does not have to be consecutive time but must meet the total months of experience within the past five years from the date the application is submitted.

Gather your education and experience documentation.

  • Gather your education and experience documentation.
    • You’ll need to provide documentation of your education and training and specified experience requirements that you’ve fulfilled in your area of specialization.
    • Before you apply for the qualification, you should assemble all the documentation needed to—
  • Verify your academic education
  • Verify your experience (if required)

Full and Part-Time Work Experience Defined

  • Full and Part-Time Work Experience Defined
    • Full-time experience is defined as a minimum of thirty-five (35) hours per week.
    • Individuals who have part-time experience may be permitted to utilize prorated part-time experience to meet the work experience requirements.
  • The number of years of experience required must be completed within the time frame, specified in the requirements, calculated from the date of application
  • Simultaneous experience at two different places of employment in excess of 35 hours per week is not counted toward the experience requirement.


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