ICCE NEWS

July 2017
New Cytometry Certification to Replace ICCE After June 30

ISAC, the International Clinical Cytometry Society (ICCS), and the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC) recently introduced the SCYM, a new Specialist Certification in Cytometry (CCy) launching in fall of 2017, which will replace the International Cytometry Certification Exam (ICCE) and the ASCP BOC's Qualification in Cytometry (QCYM) recognition program.
 
If you have already applied to take the current ICCE CCy exam, you will have until June 30, 2017 to take it.  Beginning on July 1, 2017, you must meet the new eligibility requirements and apply to take the new exam for the SCYM certification. The eligibility requirements can be found here.

The first administration of the new exam will begin October 1, 2017. Anyone who currently has the CCy credential, and anyone who successfully passes the current ICCE exam by June 30, 2017, will be transitioned to the new credential.

There have been a lot of questions since the announcement was made about the new cytometry credential, Specialist in Cytometry, SCYM(ASCP)CM, being created to replace the CCy. The following are frequently asked questions and answers specific to those who are currently credentialed as CCy or will be as of June 30, 2017.

What if I have applied, or want to apply, for the current ICCE examination?
If you have applied to take the current ICCE CCy exam you will have until June 30, 2017 to take it; otherwise, beginning July 1, 2017, you must meet the new eligibility requirements and apply to take the new exam for the SCYM(ASCP)CM certification. The first administration of the new exam will begin October 1, 2017.

If I currently have the CCy credential, will I have to take another examination to become SCYM(ASCP)CM credentialed?
No. Anyone who currently has the CCy credential, and anyone who successfully passes the current ICCE exam by June 30, 2017, will be transitioned to the new ASCP BOC Specialist in Cytometry credential [SCYM(ASCP)CM]. There will be a process to be transitioned over; this will not require any additional education or experience. Further information and additional details will be provided in the coming months.

Will there be a fee to be transitioned from CCy to SCYM(ASCP)CM?
No. There will not be any separate fees to transition to the new SCYM(ASCP)CM certification credential.

Will I be contacted personally about the transition and recertification processes?
Yes. Those currently credentialed as CCy will be contacted via mail with information about upcoming changes. This communication will provide you with your ASCP Customer ID #, new certification number, and a confirmation of your valid dates of certification.

My current CCy credential expires in the coming year. Should I wait to renew or should I renew it now?

Until June 30, 2017, follow the regular renewal instructions for renewal of your credential, CCy. After July 1, 2017, all credential renewal will be processed online through the ASCP BOC website.

What will happen once I transition to the new SCYM(ASCP)CM credential?

Your new certification as SCYM(ASCP)CM will remain valid until three years after you were originally credentialed as CCy. To maintain the new credential, you will be required to participate in the ASCP BOC Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) every three years.

What are the ASCP BOC requirements for maintaining my SCYM(ASCP)CM certification?
You will be required to participate in the ASCP BOC Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) every three years to maintain SCYM(ASCP)CM certification. This program requires the completion of 36 continuing education credits (CMP points) as follows:

Details and instructions for completing the CMP can be found at this link on the ASCP BOC website.

When will I receive a wall certificate with my new SCYM(ASCP)CM credential?
After successful completion of your first CMP renewal, you will receive an updated wall certificate showing your transition to the SCYM(ASCP)CM credential with your new three year cycle of valid certification dates. You will receive an updated wall certificate with each renewal cycle.

What are the steps for recertification under the ASCP CMP?


What if I am currently credentialed as CCy and do not want to transition to the new certification credential of SCYM(ASCP)CM?
All valid CCy credentials will be transitioned to the new SCYM(ASCP)CM credential.

What if, after I transition over to the new SCYM(ASCP)CM credential, I don't participate in the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP)?
If you choose not to maintain your SCYM(ASCP)CM credential and it expires, you will be required to complete the ASCP BOC Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) to reinstate your certification. e reinstatement fee, in addition to the application fee, would apply. Click here for further information.

For additional information about the new certification, visit:
https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/getcertified
https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/international/certification
https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/qualification


March 2017
Pass the ICCE certification exam by June 30 and be Grandfathered into the new ASCP BOC Cytometry Certification Program

Anyone who takes and passes the ICCE certification exam by June 30 may be Grandfathered into the new Conjoint Cytometry Certification Program to be Launched by ASCP BOC, ISAC and ICCS in Fall 2017.

There are two ways to take the ICCE exam by June 30 and become a certified cytometrist before the transition:

1. Take the exam at CYTO 2017
You can take the ICCE at CYTO 2017 on Saturday, June 10 at the Hynes Convention Center is Boston, MA. The test site is listed in the system as “MA, BOSTON – HYNES CONVENTION CENTER – PAPER EXAM”. Click here for more information.

  • Last day to register for paper exam at CYTO: May 11, 2017
  • Day of test: June 10, 2017 from 10am – 12pm

2. Take the exam at a test center
You can find a list of nearly 1,000 U.S. and international test center locations on the Castle Worldwide web site.

  • Last day to register: June 9, 2017
  • Last day to take the ICCE exam: June 30, 2017
  • Last day for ICCE renewal: June 30, 2017

Following the final ICCE exam on June 30, there will be a period of months during which neither the ICCE exam nor the new ASCP BOC certification exam will be available, so please plan accordingly.

Additionally, ICCE certified cytometrists will not be charged a fee to make the necessary changes of incorporating their ICCE certificate information and renewal data into the ASCP BOC customer database. Once the new cytometry certification is launched, current ICCE credential holders will renew and maintain their certification through the ASCP BOC Credential Maintenance Program at the end of their current certification period.


March 2017
Paper-based ICCE Exam Offered at CYTO 2017

You can take the International Cytometry Certification Examination (ICCE) at CYTO 2017 on Saturday, June 10. This will be one of your last chances to take the ICCE exam and be grandfathered in as a certified cytometrist in the new, conjoint cytometry certification program to be launched by ASCP BOC, ISAC and ICCS later in 2017.

The ICCE exam will be offered from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, June 10 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The Hynes is located at 900 Boylston Street in Boston.

The test site is listed in the online system as “MA, BOSTON – HYNES CONVENTION CENTER – PAPER EXAM”. Candidates must schedule at least 30 days in advance of the exam and any cancellations or attempts to reschedule must be completed by this time as well. The registration deadline for the test at the Hynes Convention Center is May 11, 2017, at 11:59pm EST.

Becoming a certified cytometrist is a badge of cytometry expertise and experience that will increase increase your prestige and give you a competitive advantage compared to uncertified cytometrists. Certification enhances your employability and can lead to career advancement and even better compensation.


October 2016
ISAC, ICCS and ASCP BOC to Launch New Conjoint Certification in Cytometry

The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC), the International Clinical Cytometry Society (ICCS) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (BOC) recently announced they have reached an agreement to develop, administer, and maintain a new conjoint Certification in Cytometry to be issued by the BOC. The new Certification in Cytometry will be launched in the spring of 2017, and will replace both the ICCE and the QCYM recognition programs. By combining forces for this new certification, the three societies will be able to increase the impact of cytometry certification in clinical and research fields around the world.

“ASCP BOC’s involvement in the cytometry certification program will strengthen the credential and the field of cytometry,” said Paul Wallace, President of ISAC. “ASCP BOC can open doors to the possibility of state licensure for certified cytometrists that ISAC and ICCS cannot do on its own.”

“ASCP is the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals. Having a certification that includes their endorsement will bring a high recognition factor to the cytometry credential,” said Bruce Greig, Chair of the ICCE certification advisory committee and member of ICCS.

“ISAC and ICCS have proven that there is a worldwide demand for a cytometry certification program,” said Pat Tanabe, Executive Director, ASCP Board of Certification. “Combining our Qualification in Cytometry with the ICCE certification program will increase our impact in the field of cytometry.”

Until the new ASCP BOC certification is launched in the spring of 2017, the ICCE program and the QCYM will continue to be available with business as usual as the transition unfolds. Representatives from ISAC, ICCS and ASCP BOC will meet in Chicago this November to develop the new cytometry certification exam, using the databases of the two current exams. Current holders of the ICCE certification will be offered the opportunity to receive the new conjoint ASCP BOC Certification in Cytometry, without taking the new Cytometry Certification Exam. Once the new cytometry certification is launched, current ICCE credential holders will renew and maintain their certification through the BOC Credential Maintenance Program at the end of their current certification period.

Those credentialed with the BOC Qualification in Cytometry (QCYM) will be offered the opportunity to be certified in Cytometry by the BOC without taking the new Cytometry Certification Examination. Those QCYM credential holders who transition their qualification credential to a certification credential will renew their certification through the BOC Credential Maintenance Program at the end of their current qualification period. More details about this transition will be shared when confirmed.