Next CLS Testing Window

Apply now and take the exam online any time before January 31, 2021. Applications must be received no later than December 15, 2020 to be eligible for examination this year.

Many testing centers are experiencing closures due to COVID-19. As an alternative, the CLS exam will be administered online rather than in a testing center. Contact the ACCL office at (904) 309-6250 for more information.

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Clinical Lipid Specialist

Exam Information

The CLS examination has been constructed at the upper level of difficulty and consists of approximately 150 multiple choice questions. You will have 4 hours to complete the exam.


Exam Blueprint

PercentageTopic
24%Pharmacology
18%Nutrition, Exercise, Lifestyle
10%Clinical Trials
10%Metabolic Syndrome
9%Risk Assessment
9%Lipid Metabolism
7%Genetics
6%Adherence and Compliance
5%Special Populations
3%Vascular Biology

*To achieve a passing score on the exam applicants must answer 62% of the questions correctly.