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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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Lipid Competency Certificate Program

The Lipid Competency Certificate Program offers a competency assessment and credentialing pathway for healthcare professionals or para professionals with an interest or involvement in field of dyslipidemia. There is no specific licensure to work experience required to apply for the program.

The LCC is ideal for those who wish to demonstrate a core competency in lipid management through assessing their knowledge of Clinical Lipidology to receive recognition from the ACCL.

To qualify to sit for the exam, candidates must meet the following requirements:

Applicants must have earned a minimum of 10 continuing education credit hours in Clinical Lipidology, from a US or Canadian-based accrediting body, in the previous two calendar years. Applicants can satisfy the CE requirements by completing any CE/CME accredited courses focused on lipid management or CVD prevention, or any of the following National Lipid Association educational activities:


Exam Information

The LCC examination was created at the intermediate level of difficulty and consists of approximately 70 multiple choice questions. The two-hour LCC examination is offered worldwide via Online Proctoring provided by the testing provider, Webassessor. Click here for more information regarding Online Proctoring


Exam Blueprint*

PercentageTopic
33%Pharmacology
21%Nutrition, Exercise, Lifestyle
17%Diagnosis, Clinical Appraisal
13%Guidelines
11%Clinical Trials
6%Atherosclerosis

*To achieve a passing score on the exam applicants must answer 58% of the questions correctly.


Applying for the LCC Exam

To apply please click here. There is no application deadline. Please submit your application at least 3–4 weeks before you plan to sit for the examination. Once you submit your application please allow up to 2 weeks for processing. Upon approval of your application, you will receive an email providing instructions regarding selecting your exam date and time.