Certification Maintenance Point Categories

  • Laser Safety Experience

    Max 3 Points

    I.e., your job – category maximum1 of 3 CM points total. One (1) CM point per year for professional practice of laser safety to be certified in writing by CLSO’s/CMLSO's supervisor. Refer to page 2 of your BLS Policies & Procedures Manual for specific responsibilities of an LSO.

  • Education and Training

    Max 7 Points

    Attendance2 and successful completion of laser safety specific education and training – maximum of 7 CM points (see Point Breakdown above).

  • Writing

    Max 3 Points

    Laser safety or laser application related articles published external of your organization in the form of peer-review journals, proceedings, periodicals, books and book chapters, 1 CM point per article. Published magazine or newsletter submissions (print or online) will be accepted at ½ CM point per article – category maximum of 3 CM points total.

  • Membership

    Max 3 Points

    Membership in laser safety-related professional/technical organizations or societies, e.g., AORN, ASLMS, LIA, AIHA or HPS – category maximum of 3 CM points total, 1 CM point given per year of membership.

  • Teaching

    Max 3 Points

    Teaching laser safety courses or laser safety in a course external from your organization, i.e., not part of your LSO job responsibilities – category maximum of 3 CM points total (see Point Breakdown above).

  • National and International Standards and Regulations Committees

    Max 3 Points

    Active participation in laser safety standards or regulations committees external of your organization, i.e., at the regional, state, national or international level – category maximum of 3 CM points total. For example, a CLSO/CMLSO could earn 1 CM point per year for being an active member of ANSI ASC Z136 or one of its subcommittees.

  • Conferences

    Variable Points

    Attendance at laser safety or applications professional conferences or meetings. Points are based on the number of laser-related sessions attended. For additional information, click here.

  • Presentations

    Max 2 Points

    Presentations or poster papers at laser safety professional conferences or meetings, e.g., ILSC, AIHce, ASLMS Annual Conference, or LSO Workshop – category maximum of 2 CM points total, 0.5 CM point given per presentation.

  • Other Activities

    Max 2 Points

    Points may be claimed for laser-related activities such as professional certifications (e.g., CNOR = 0.5 CM point per cycle), reviewing laser safety or laser application related journal articles, or other BLS volunteer activities. Please complete the Journal Article Verification Worksheet3. Article titles and access information will be delivered via the BLS News & Review e-newsletter and/or the BLS website — category maximum of 2 CM points total.

1For each category, maximum number of points is per the 3-year period.
2Attendance means online, electronic or in-person.
3Download the Journal Article Verification Worksheet.

*For continuing education, teaching and conference categories, the CM point breakdown is as follows:

  • < 2 hours = 0.25 CM point
  • 2 hours to 4 hours = 0.5 CM point
  • 4 hours to 6 hours = 0.75 CM point
  • 6 hours to 1 day = 1 CM point