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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 391W
Category: Protective Services


Inspects, evaluates and determines eligibility for certification of independent laboratories throughout the state for participation in federal or State programs requiring established standards of performance.

Typical Work

Conducts on site inspections of independent medical laboratories evaluating facilities and procedures in accordance with standards set by federal or State agencies;

Determines initial eligibility and continued compliance of laboratories with regulations and standards required for certification by the federal or State standards;

Evaluates qualifications of all laboratory personnel in light of federal or State standards;

Consults with laboratory directors concerning deficiencies, problems and lack of compliance with standards and offers and evaluates plans for corrective actions;

Prepares reports and correspondence documenting findings and explaining recommendations for certification and decertification of laboratories;

Conducts technical laboratory courses and workshops for laboratorians;

Assists in planning and analysis of special projects;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles, practices, techniques and procedures of medical laboratory work; laboratory specialties such as microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, cytology, histology and radiobioassay.

Ability to: evaluate clinical practices and procedures in light of federal standards; consult and advise laboratory personnel on upgrading clinical performance and standards; communicate effectively on matters requiring tact and scientific expertise.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Master's degree in microbiology, public health, chemistry, medical technology or closely allied field.


2. Four years of laboratory experience, one of which includes supervisory, consultative or surveying experience.

Two additional years of laboratory, supervisory, consultative or surveying experience may substitute for the Master's degree if a Bachelor's degree in one of the aforementioned fields has been attained.

Note: For specific programs, specialized training and/or experience may be required for eligibility for examination or appointment.

Class Specification History

New class
Effective October 29, 1974
Revised July 14, 197
Revises definition
Revised December 15, 1978
Revises minimum qualifications and title change (formerly
Advisory Laboratorian)
Revised April 13, 1979
Revises minimum qualifications
New class code, formerly 53210, effective July 1, 2007.
Title change (formerly Advisory Laboratorian 1); adopted May 14, 2009, effective May 15, 2009.