Next CLS Testing Window

Fall 2017 Testing Window

September 3, 2017 - October 14, 2017

Application Deadline:
Friday, August 25, 2017

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CLS Renewal of Certification (ROC)

The ACCL requires that all CLS participate in ROC every 10 years to maintain active status. Those certified in 2007 have been provided with a 1 year extension to apply. If you were certified in 2007or 2008, the application deadline to apply is October 1, 2018.

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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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Clinical Lipid Specialist

Who should take the exam?

The CLS advanced certification program is open to licensed physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, registered dietitian/nutritionists, clinical exercise physiologists/specialists and other healthcare professionals who meet qualifying criteria.

The CLS is ideal for healthcare professionals in clinical or academic practice who are actively involved in patient management and seeking to demonstrate their expertise in Clinical Lipidology and commitment to continued professional development in lipid management.

To become credentialed, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Basic Eligibility Criteria
  2. Patient Care / Education Requirements
  3. Training Requirements

Although rigorous, the requirements are designed to provide an avenue for advanced healthcare providers with demonstrated knowledge and experience in Lipidology to become certified as Clinical Lipid Specialists.


For specific information regarding the Eligibility Criteria and specific Training Requirements for your profession please click the appropriate link below: