The National Registry of Certified Chemists


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered below, feel free to contact us at

My transcripts are from an institution outside the United States and Canada. Where can I find a list of approved evaluation agencies to evaluate my credits as required for my certification?
What is involved with getting my application approved?

Your application form must be completed, notarized, and submitted. Ideally, it should be scanned and submitted electronically, or faxed. Once we have a completed application and the application fee has been paid, a file is established for you, and you’re assigned a registration number.

How are exams administered?

All exams are computer-based. NRCC partners with Once applicants have been approved for the exam, they will take the exam on their own schedule with an NRCC approved local proctor. Applicants will receive proctor information by email upon approval. For additional questions on the testing process, please contact the office.

What is a passing score on the exam?

Based on standards established by the Board of Directors, which may change periodically, the current passing grade for all exams is 60% (90 of 150).

How is the Board of Directors elected, and what do they do?

The BOD consists of representatives nominated by the following organizations: American Association for Clinical Chemistry, American Board of Clinical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists. Members are elected to three-year terms and can serve a maximum of three terms. The Board members are responsible for establishing and maintaining standards and qualifications for the granting, issuing, and renewing of certifications. They participate in the development of new tests and programs, and all applications are evaluated by a credentials committee consisting of three Board members. We are fortunate to have a dedicated, productive Board who contribute considerable time to support NRCC.

Will you notify my state agency of my new certification if I need certification for my licensing?

Yes, if you send an email request and provide the appropriate contact information. There is no charge for this service.


(610) 322-0657


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National Registry of Certified Chemists

Russ Phifer, Executive Director
125 Rose Ann Lane
West Grove, PA 19390

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125 Rose Ann Lane
West Grove, PA 19390

P: (610) 322-0657

F: (800) 858-6273