Information for the License:

Clinical Microbiologist Scientist

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  California Department of Public Health
Board or Council Name:  Laboratory Field Services
Division Name: Personnel Licensing section
Telephone:  (510) 620-3800
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
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Clinical Microbiologist Scientist

Application Fee: $230.00

Renewal Fee: $230.00 + $16 CE fee

Renewal: 24 units/hours of Continuing Education (CE) every 2 years

Requirements: Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in microbiology or equivalent major which shall include at least 25 semester or 38 quarter units in microbiology  including courses in medical or pathogenic microbiology or bacteriology. Verification of one year clinical training or work experience in all areas of CLIA Clinical Microbiology Lab. All documents must be sent directly to LFS from the source. 

Examination: Applicants must refer to the LFS website for the list of approved certifying organization examinations for each license category.

Average Time to Process Application: 150 days. Incomplete application packages may be abandoned 150 days after registration.

Refer to LFS website for more complete information.

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Division 2, Chapter 3, Section 1200-1322. California Code of Regulations, Title 17. California Code of Regulations, Title 19, Section 1031.