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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Other Applicants

This pathway is for those who don’t hold a license, registration or degree as described in basic eligibility requirements and/or education requirements. Must show proof of 4,000 hours (2 years) of demonstrated clinical experience in the management of patients with lipid and other related disorders.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • United States or Canadian Resident
  • Must be currently active in clinical activities

*Documentation: 2 letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on your work and/or experience in the management of patients with dyslipidemias, copies of certificates and diplomas claimed (as applicable), and a thorough curriculum vitae detailing education, experience and credentials.

Training Requirements

A 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.



1. Certification in a recognized Board.

Documentation: Copies of certificates.

50 points**

2. Higher education: Doctoral degree OR other relevant advanced training/certificates.

Documentation: Copy of certificates.

50 points**

Max 100 points from above categories.

3. Academic practice and/or relevant faculty appointment.

Documentation: Letter from Department Chair or Division Chief at the 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 education credit obtained within the previous five calendar years.

Documentation: Complete the CME/CE 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