Qualified Phlebotomy Technician (QPT) 

The Qualified Phlebotomy Technician (QPT) is a qualification that demonstrates that Phlebotomists have met New Zealand National Standards within the scope of Phlebotomy and Pre-analytical specimen preparation.

In 2004, The Health Practitioner Competency Assurance Act (HPCA Act) adopted scopes of practice from a range of qualifications and requires Phlebotomists working in hospital and community medical laboratories to obtain and hold an Annual Practicing Certificate (APC).

There are two ways a person can obtain an APC:

  • employment within a hospital or community medical laboratory to gain 4000 hours work experience in all facets of phlebotomy and then apply to sit a national QPT exam; or
  • for those who hold a recognised qualification such as Registered Nurse (RN), or overseas RN or a Health Science Degree, apply to the Medical Laboratory Science Board (MLSB) for an interim APC or APC after one year's full time work in a New Zealand medical laboratory. For an overseas qualified technician, minimum work experience is one year fulltime overseas, plus 6 months' fulltime New Zealand medical laboratory work experience.

To be eligible to sit the QPT exam, an application is sent to The New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science (NZIMLS). A practical logbook is then signed off by the laboratory supervisor or manager and sent to the NZIMLS prior to the written exam. It is a gradual learning process and the QPT examination examines the phlebotomist on the phlebotomy theory behind the work done every day. Once a pass mark has been attained, the Assistant Phlebotomist applies to the MLSB for their APC.

Registration for an APC is at the discretion of the MLSB. The APC is renewable annually based on continuing competency, maintaining phlebotomy knowledge and skills, and completing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.