Next CLS Testing Window

Spring Testing Window:
March 20 – May 1, 2021
Application Deadline:
Friday, March 12, 2021

Summer Testing Window:
June 19 – July 31, 2021
Application Deadline:
Friday, June 11, 2021

Fall Testing Window:
October 9 – November 27, 2021
Application Deadline:
Friday, October 1, 2021

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CLS Certification
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Physician (MD/DO)

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • United States or Canadian Resident
  • Licensed to practice*

*Documentation: Please provide a copy of professional license with current expiration date.

Patient Care/Education Requirements


Licensure Status

Patient Care Requirement

Master's or higher in related health science* Licensed/Registered 2,000 hours of demonstrated clinical experience in the management of patients with lipid or other related disorders. (~1 year)*

*Documentation: Copy of diploma of highest degree earned and One letter of recommendation from an individual qualified to comment on your work and/or experience in the management of patients with dyslipidemias.

Training Requirements

Minimum of 200 points is required to successfully credential for certification. Points are earned through primary and subspecialty board certifications, relevant academic practice, involvement in relevant clinical research, and participation in lipid-focused continuing medical education activities.

Note: Applicants do not need to earn points from all 5 categories listed.

Physician Criteria


1. Certification in a primary board.

Documentation: Copy of certificates form Board(s).

50 points**

2. Subspecialty certification in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (EDM), Cardiology, Nephrology.


Other relevant advanced training and/or certification, including Certified Diabetes Educator, Clinical Nutrition, Gastroenterology, Pediatric Cardiology/Endocrinology, Specialist in Clinical Hypertension

Documentation: Copy of certificates.

50 points**


10 to 50 points**

3. Academic practice and/or relevant faculty appointment at an ACGME recognized institution.

Documentation: Letter from Department Chair or Division Chief at the ACGME recognized academic institution(s) confirming appointment(s) and explaining relevance to lipid management.

50 points

4. Clinical research and/or scholarly publications in the management of lipid disorders

Documentation: Please list and highlight all relevant scholarly, peer-reviewed publications in a WORD document or on your CV.

10 points per publication
(up to 50 points)

5. Balance of points not obtained in 1-4, must be earned through lipid focused continuing medical education credit obtained within the previous five years.

Documentation: Complete the ACCL CE/CME Credit Tracking Form and attach copies of certificates of attendance for the CE activities that you submit for points. The titles of the activities must be clearly identified.

2 points per credit hour earned
**The combined points earned from these categories may not exceed 100 points.