Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics

Develop your knowledge and skills in Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics

The IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice Distance Learning course in Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics is delivered in partnership with the Ulster University. It will support you in developing your training skills and basic knowledge of training and assessment.

Further information

Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics - How to apply

To undertake this CEP you must have active Member (MIBMS) or Fellow (FIBMS) status of the IBMS at the point of application and you must maintain your membership throughout the duration of the qualification. To apply you will need to submit via email to the IBMS Examinations Team :

Payment can be made via Purchase Order (which should accompany the completed application form) or by card payment. If you wish to pay by card, you will be contacted for your card payment details once the application form has been received.

On the application form you are requested to briefly describe why you are applying to undertake the qualification. Your application will not be accepted or rejected based on what is stated instead this information is being requested simply to enable us to understand your level of experience and the motivation for applying.

Candidates are only allowed to undertake one of the four distance learning courses at a time.

Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics - Course Content and Assessment

After a common introductory module the course comprises of six modules as follows:

  • Medical Laboratory Information Technology
  • Clinical and Data Governance
  • Procurement and Project Management
  • Interfaces
  • Turning Data into Knowledge
  • Digital Futures

(These module titles and the order in which they appear in the course are still subject to change)

You can access course content through a designated area of the Ulster University's website, which includes candidate email and discussion forums.  The IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice (CEP) in Laboratory Information Technology and Clinical Informatics is assessed through two assessment pieces and an online examination:

  • Your first assessment piece should critically capture how the discussion forums have assisted your learning during the course 
  • Your second assessment piece should show what you will change in your own practice as a result of doing this course and the steps you would take to do so
  • The online examination lasts 90 minutes with 42 questions in total composed of 36 multiple-choice and six short answer questions covering all course module

Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics - Course Dates

The course dates for 2023 are stated below. Please note that each module last two weeks apart from the module in which Easter falls, which in 2023 is during module six, that module will last three weeks.

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First week of January 2023

Introductory Module

6 January

Module 1

20 January

Module 2

3 February

Module 3

17 February

One week break

3 March

Deadline for submission of first assessment piece

9 March

Module 4

10 March

Module 5

24 March

Module 6

7 April (Good Friday)


27 April


11 May

Exam Result Notification

5 June

Examination (Re-sits)

15 June

Deadline for submission of second assessment piece  

16 June

Results Released

11 July

Certificates Sent Out

W/C 17 July

You will be awarded an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Laboratory Information Technology and Clinical Informatics on successful completion of the course. 

Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics - Resources

You can find articles and online resources to support you in completing an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Quality Management in our Resources section

Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics - Deferrals, withdrawals and mitigating circumstances

If you wish to defer, withdraw or highlight any mitigating circumstances please contact as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Quality Management please contact