ASCP Certification Brings Mixed Emotions
A couple days ago I received an email from ASCP reminding me that my NCA certification is expiring soon and welcoming me to ASCP. They even teased me by writing my full name followed by the "newly bestowed" ASCP credentials.
I must say, I have very mixed emotions. On the one hand, I feel like the unity among CLS credentialing agencies-something I have long advocated- is finally a reality. On the other hand it seems weird to see some odd new credential attached to my name. I also feel a deep sense of loss; as if a parent had gone on a long, extended journey- or had died suddenly.
I know I can choose to simply ignore the ASCP invitation and identify as an NCA certificant (at least in the short term). But how long before NCA is forgotten as a relic of a distant past? When I first sought US credentials (I was trained and certified in Canada) I deliberately chose NCA because of their philosophy of "certification of the profession by the profession." I also liked the fact their examinations were based on actual ongoing job analysis of practicing laboratorians rather than esoteric theory, often unrelated to daily activities.
NCA was one of the only certification agencies run by a membership organization; and I strongly believed then, as I do now, that membership and credentialing should be separate. As someone who believes in lifelong learning, the fact that NCA required continuing education to maintain certification was also a big plus for me. Lastly, I thought the "clinical laboratory scientist" (CLS) moniker was so much more descriptive and progressive that the stodgy, nondescript "medical technologist" used by all the other credentialing agencies.
So, yes, I admit to having mixed feelings as I debate whether to stop grieving over a dead NCA and simply send in my CEUs to be officially re-certified by ASCP.