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
Recognized by ACC

The CLS certification is now recognized by the American College of Cardiology as qualifying criteria to become an Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC), a distinguished designation honoring those with advanced training and education in the field of Cardiology.

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CLS Certification Featured on Today's Dietitian

Learn more about this certification and why RDNs should pursue it.

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Lipid Focused CE/CME

Lipid-focused continuing education is defined by the ACCL as certified continuing medical education activities on topics relating to lipids and dyslipidemia including, but not limited to:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease
  • Preventive cardiology
  • Lifestyle management of dyslipidemias
  • Pharmacologic management of dyslipidemias
  • Evidence supporting dyslipidemia treatment guidelines
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Vascular biology
  • Advanced lipoprotein metabolism
  • Diabetic dyslipidemia
  • Atherosclerosis imaging

Sources of Lipid-Focused CME

The National Lipid Association offers a lifelong learning program that paves the way for professional development and recognition in clinical lipidology. Lipidology is an evolving field that requires clinicians to stay abreast of the latest clinical research and treatment guidelines and to apply this knowledge in practice. The NLA has developed educational activities at all levels of competency and provides continuous clinical updates, opportunities for self-assessment and practice improvement.

Any CME/CE activity that is endorsed or sponsored by the NLA or a regional chapter will be automatically accepted by the credentialing committee. The NLA Lipid Academy, Self-Assessment Program (NLA-SAP) and Masters in Lipidology Course are utilized by the majority of applicants to earn credit toward sitting for the exam.

NLA Foundations in Lipidology Course

This intermediate level 1.5-day course presents a comprehensive indoctrination to clinical lipidology and provides essential information and resource materials for the systematic management of dyslipidemia in a lipid clinic program. This course provides the knowledge and tools necessary to work effectively in lipid practice, and serves as a preparatory course for more advanced lipid education and training courses.

The NLA’s Foundations in Lipdology Course is recommended training for the ACCL's Lipid Competency Certificate (LCC) Program, and the first step in training for the Clinical Lipid Specialist (CLS) examination.

NLA Self-Assessment Program

The National Lipid Association developed the National Lipid Association Self-Assessment Program (NLA-SAP) to provide a critical assessment of your knowledge and to guide you in the selection of additional training courses as well as prepare you for certification in clinical lipidology. The NLA-SAP works to objectively validate and enhance your clinical knowledge of the core curriculum in clinical lipidology as well as challenge your problem-solving skills in the diagnosis and management of patients with dyslipidemia.

NLA Masters in Lipidology Course

This intensive 2-day course is open to healthcare professionals seeking an in-depth, advanced review of lipidology and provides preparation for certification in clinical Lipidology. For candidates with significant experience in lipid management, the Masters Course would be suitable preparation for the CLS exam. For those who are newer to the field, participation first in the Lipid Academy and then the Masters Course would be suggested.

NLA Complex Lipid Management Self-Assessment Program

The Complex Lipid Management Self-Assessment Program (CLM-SAP) provides focused clinical updates on specific topics in clinical lipidology. Each CLM-SAP offers between 2-6 CME/CE credit hours. These short, web-based activities are available free of charge to both NLA members and non-members.