Point of Care Testing

Develop your knowledge and skills in Point of Care Testing (POCT)

This course is essential for anyone preparing to manage a POCT service managing and also existing POCT managers who feel they would benefit from some supported learning to help them manage an expanding workload and a workforce of largely non-laboratory staff.

Topics include

The specific challenges related to POCT compliance with accreditation standards along with strategies that can be used to overcome these challenges - POCT requests, handling of POCT results as well as training and competence assessments of individuals performing POCT. Factors to consider when implementing connectivity between POCT instruments and the electronic medical record are also covered.

POCT course content and assessment

After a common introductory module the course comprises of six modules as follows:
• An Introduction to POCT
• Quality and Accreditation in POCT
• Principles of Measurement - Analytical Considerations
• Development of a Service Need
• Connectivity and Data Management in POCT
• Training in POCT

See below for details for the course dates. More information on the learning outcomes for each module can be found here You can access course content through a designated area of the Ulster University's website, which includes candidate email and discussion forums.  

CEP Course Information Summary

More information on the Certificate of Expert Practice qualifications including the reflective tasks within the modules, the expectations around participants involvement in the discussions forums and how the qualification is assessed can be found here.


POCT course dates

The course dates for 2024 are stated below. Please note that each module last two weeks apart from the module in which Easter falls, which in 2024 is during module five, that module will last three weeks. We will start taking applications for the 2025 course in the week commencing 19 August 2024. The course dates for 2025 will be agreed by the CEP Examination Board in due course.

Applications for 2024 open W/C 14 August 2023
Closing date for applications 8 December 2023
Log-in details available First week of January 2024
Introductory Module 5 January
Module 1 19 January
Module 2 2 February
Module 3 16 February
One week break 1 March
Deadline for submission of first assessment piece 7 March
Module 4 8 March
Module 5 22 March
Module 6 12 April
Finish 25 April
Examination 9 May
Exam Result Notification 3 June
Examination (Re-sits) 13 June
Deadline for submission of second assessment piece   14 June
Results Released 9 July
Certificates Sent Out W/C 15 July

You will be awarded an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Point of Care Testing on successful completion of the course and you will be eligible to upgrade to a Member of the IBMS. 

How to apply for POCT

To undertake this CEP you must have active Licentiate (LIBMS), 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.  We will start to take applications for the 2025 running of this CEP in mid-August 2024. When the application window opens 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 distance learning courses at a time.

Grant Funding (Updated for 2024 candidates)

The employers of candidates in England who are undertaking any the distance learning Certificate of Expert Practice (CEP) qualification in 2024 will be eligible for a grant to support the training of the individual. This funding will be £500 per candidate. Claims will not be accepted until the course commences in January 2024. More information on the grant that is available and how and when it can be claimed can be found here.


POCT resources

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


POCT 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 POCT please contact