Frequently Asked Questions about LabCE

At LabCE, we try to make getting your continuing education convenient and affordable. Below, you'll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you have any questions or comments about LabCE, please contact us.

Questions about P.A.C.E. credits

What are P.A.C.E. credits?

P.A.C.E. credits are administered by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. LabCE's courses have been approved by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. program for the listed number of continuing education credits.

Who accepts P.A.C.E. credits for license renewal?

All laboratory and phlebotomy professional organizations accept P.A.C.E. credits, including ASCP, AMT, ASPT, AAPT, OSMT, and CMLTO.

All US states, US territories, and Canadian provinces (that require resident professionals to earn CE credits) accept P.A.C.E. credits. This includes CA, LA, MT, NV, NY, ND, RI, TN, WV, HI, and Puerto Rico. FL is a little different (see below). Read more about P.A.C.E. credits »

What about the state of Florida?

Florida is the only state that does not accept P.A.C.E. credits for Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel license renewal. However, LabCE also awards Florida-certified credits in addition to P.A.C.E. credits. All courses are approved for an equal number of P.A.C.E. credits and Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel credits. We report earned Florida credits directly to CEBroker, Florida's system for managing professional continuing education.

Questions about Subscribing

How long does it take to get access to my subscriptions?

Subscribe online with a credit card, and you'll get immediate access to your purchases. Select the "pay by check" option and we'll activate your subscription when we receive your check. Your subscription will be valid for a full year (365 days) from the date we receive payment.

What payment methods do you accept?

LabCE accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. We also accept checks and money orders, as well as PayPal.

Do I have to start my subscription on January 1?

No. You may start your subscription at any time. Your subscription will be valid for 365 days from the date we receive payment. Subscriptions are not limited to the calendar year.

Are group subscriptions available?

Yes! Group subscriptions for your laboratory, class, office, or hospital are very affordable and come with a powerful learning management system for tracking course completion. Learn more about group subscriptions.

How do I access my subscriptions once I've purchased them?

After you subscribe, you'll receive a username and password. Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields in the upper-right corner of the page and click on "Log In." If you have access to multiple products (e.g. courses, Exam Simulator, WBC Case Simulator), please choose the program you want to access from the drop-down box in the upper-right corner of the page after you've logged in.

Questions about Taking and Completing Courses

How do I start course?

Once you subscribe, you'll get a username and password. Enter them after clicking on "Log In" in the upper-left corner. You'll see all the courses that are available, as well as the courses that you've started and the ones you've finished.

How long do courses take to finish?

Courses take between 50 minutes and 3 hours to finish. The number of CE credits is the anticipated completion time in hours. The LabCE system automatically bookmarks your progress as you go through courses, and you'll be able resume at any time, from any computer. You are not penalized for taking longer to complete courses or for completing courses faster than the anticipated time, but the amount of CE credit that you'll earn remains the same. There is no time limit on courses or posttests.

How do I complete courses?

Proceed through the course using the navigation on-screen. You can explore the material as you like using the table of contents. You may find ungraded practice questions along the way. Once you've viewed all of the material, you'll be able to access the posttest. The posttest is graded, and the passing score is 70%.

Do I have to take courses online? Can I print the material?

You may print the course material in a convenient PDF form, which includes all reading material and practice questions. This printed material is for your sole use and should not be shared with others. All posttests must be completed online. LabCE does not accept mailed or faxed material.

How do I print a certificate of completion?

When you pass the posttest, a certificate will be displayed onscreen. You can print this certificate at this time, or you can print it later by returning to the program and clicking on "Certificate" beside the course you've completed. All courses you've completed and CE credits you've earned are available on your CE transcript as well. Certificates are available as long as your subscription is current.

What happens if I don't get a passing score on a posttest?

You may retake the course and posttest as often as you like until you receive a passing score.

Can I take the same course twice?

Once you pass a course, you won't be able to retake the posttest to change your score. You will be able to review all of the contents of the course to refresh your memory or look up information. You can only earn CE credit for a course once per year. For instance, you cannot take the OSHA Electrical Safety course twice to earn 2 hours of CEU.

Questions about CE Credits

How many continuing education hours can I earn from a course?

The amount of CE you can earn varies by course. All courses carry between 1 and 6 CEUs (also called CE hours, CE credits, continuing education hours, or contact hours). Your My Courses page will list the amount of CE that each course carries, and the CE you have earned will be listed on your certificates and on your CE transcript.

Can these courses help me to get a clinical laboratory degree?

LabCE's clinical laboratory science courses are designed for continuing education. They do not typically substitute for college or university-level courses that you would find in a CLS degree program.

Do you report course completion to state and accrediting agencies?

Reporting continuing education hours is the responsibility of the learner. Usually, you'll document your continuing education by mailing copies of your LabCE certificates of completion along with your license renewal. However, Florida requires that CEs be reported to its online management system, CEBroker. In this case, LabCE automatically reports all earned credits for Florida licensees.

Are these CE courses accepted by California?

Yes. LabCE's CE courses are accepted by California. Our provider number is #0001. Learn more about California license renewals.

Are these CE courses accepted by New York?

Yes. LabCE's CE courses are accepted by New York. Learn more about New York CE requirements.

Are these CE courses accepted by Florida?

Yes. Florida does not use P.A.C.E.® credits, but maintains its own system of continuing education units. All LabCE courses carry Florida credits in addition to P.A.C.E.® credits. Currently, LabCE courses are only accepted by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel and only for licensees with director, supervisor, technologist, and technician licenses. Please contact CEBroker if you have any questions about your license type. Learn more about LabCE and Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Science Personnel CE requirements.

Are these CE courses accepted by other states?

Yes. Any state that accepts P.A.C.E.® credits accepts LabCE CE credits. This includes California, Tennessee, Nevada, Louisiana, New York, and more.

Are these CE courses accepted by AMT, ASCP, or NCA?

Yes. LabCE provides P.A.C.E.® credits, which are accepted by American Medical Technologists (AMT), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and the former National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA) (now merged with ASCP).

Are these CE courses accepted for nursing or other disciplines?

At this time, LabCE focuses on laboratory continuing education. Usually, LabCE courses are not applicable to nursing or other non-laboratory disciplines. However, any organization that accepts P.A.C.E.® credits should accept CEs awarded by LabCE. Please check with the accrediting agency in question for more details.