Due to testing site impacts from COVID-19, the Spring testing window has been extended and combined with the summer testing window. Exams will be administered online via webcam proctor rather than in a testing center. Please contact the ACCL office at 904-309-6250 for more information.
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.
Learn more about this certification and why RDNs should pursue it.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.