ESCCA Certification exam

ESCCA is committed to promote high quality education in Cytometry. Since its foundation, ESCCA has fostered its own continuous Educational Program, coordinated by ESCCA Board and Scientific Committees. In addition, ESCCA collaborates with other institutions in the diffusion of educational activities of relevance in Cytometry and related fields.

The ESCCA Education, Certification & Quality Assessment Committee is aware of the technical complexity and constant evolution of cytometry instrumentation and its applications, requiring constant training and education. These issues have been covered traditionally by the Education Activities incorporated in the ESCCA Conferences and, by the ESCCA International and Local Schools on Cytometry.

The final goal of the educational efforts of ESCCA is to help ESCCA members, and especially the young ones, to attain excellence in their work in cytometry, be it in the clinical or in the basic fields. In order to provide our members with a means to certify their knowledge and skill in clinical flow cytometry, the ESCCA Education, Certification & Quality Assessment Committee provides the European Cytometry Certificate.

ESCCA European Cytometry Certification Examination

The European Cytometry Certificate has two levels of certification:

Level 1: The European Certificate for Cytometry Operators

This first level of certification may be attained after evaluation of the candidate’s knowledge about basic flow cytometry.

Candidates should demonstrate a minimum of three years of experience in flow cytometry. The candidate´s experience should be attested by the director of the employing facility or other entitled authority. 

Level 2: The European Certificate for Cytometry Specialists - Hemato-oncology

This second level of certification may be attained after evaluation of skills and knowledge of the candidate about clinical flow cytometry-hemato-oncology.  Certification consists of a written examination, analysis/interpretation of practical cases and revision of the candidate’s CV by the ESCCA Education and Accreditation Committee.

Candidates should have

  • a Baccalaureate and/or Master degree and/or Doctorate from an accredited/approved educational institution in biological/lifeT science, physics, engineering or an appropriately related field
  • the European Certification for Cytometry Operators;
  • a minimum of three years acceptable laboratory experience in cytometry (clinical, research, industry or veterinary) in a laboratory accredited under ISO 15189, by JCI, CAP or authorized by a governing regulatory association or Ministry.

Candidates will be presented with some 100 multiple choice questions on a wide range of topics. At least 60% of the questions have to be answered correctly in order to pass the examination and receive the ESCCA Certificate.

More details can be found in the membership section. There you can also download the ESCCA Certification Guidelines including suggestions for educational resources. 

ESCCA is grateful for its main 2023 Conference sponsors
Sponsor Beckman Coulter
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European Society for Clinical Cell Analysis (ESCCA)
p/a Kinderdijkstraat 14 II
1079 GH Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Correspondence to

Juan Flores Montero, ESCCA Secretary

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