Phlebotomy Training


 Since 2015, Volcano Consulting, LLC has offered more than 10 phlebotomy trainings to HIV service organizations in Central and North Florida. These trainings have provided didactic and practical skills training in phlebotomy that enabled more than 100 HIV testing/counseling staff to begin drawing blood to obtain confirmatory testing samples. This skill allows for more accurate, coordinated, and timely HIV confirmatory testing.



Because Volcano Consulting, LLC does not operate a school of allied health or related services, this training can only be offered as paid training for businesses seeking the skills training for their staff. The training cannot be offered to individuals.  


Training Content

The Phlebotomy Training requires a minimum of 16 hours of training. 20 hours is recommended for groups larger than 10 individuals. Training is typically capped at 20 trainees and may include two instructors. Groups of more than 20 trainees will require an additional trainer.  The goal of every training is for each attendee to obtain a minimum of five "live and successful sticks" at the end of each training.


Training is conducted using the following schedule:

  • A four-hour didactic live online training and;

  • A four hour didactic/practical in-person training using prosthetic arms

  • An 8-12 hour didactic/practical in-person training practicing "live sticks"


*It is highly recommended the above training sections be conducted on consecutive days to optimize skill-building.


Didactic Training will include:

  • Basic Handwashing

  • General Laboratory Rules and Safety

  • Basic Asepsis

  • Biohazard Disposal

  • Quality Controls

  • Universal Precautions

  • Blood Borne Pathogens

  • Legal and Ethical Terminology

  • Blood and Vein Anatomy

  • Identifying Appropriate Needles and Tubes

  • Additives and Fill requirements

  • Factors Affecting Success/Errors

  • Patient Care and Identification

  • Centrifuging

  • Specimen Handling 

  • Common Terminology

  • A Certificate of Completion is provided to all trainees


Practical Sections Include:

  • Practice Phlebotomy (using prosthetic arms)

  • Practical Phlebotomy ("Live sticks" from fellow consenting trainees; requires instructor sign off of skill assessment before beginning "live sticks").

Pricing and Payment


General Pricing Information: 

  • $220/trainee and requires a minimum 15 trainees

  • $165/trainee if at least 20 trainees attend

  • $165/trainee for each trainee above 20

  • All classes will be capped at 20 trainees but multiple trainings can be arranged if needed. 

  • Pricing does not include costs for travel and accommodations (if conducted more than 90 minutes from Sanford, FL)

  • Pricing includes all training materials, supplies, and documentation/handouts.

  • Because phlebotomy training requires specific supplies payment will be requested at least two weeks before your scheduled training start date. Payments are non-refundable unless canceled by Voclano Consulting, LLC

Other Notable Information

Please arrange for payment of the training to come from one source designated as the fiscal sponsor for the training. If multiple entities intend to pay for the training all entities will need to determine who will be the designated payee. If separate receipts or invoices are needed, please arrange to obtain this documentation from the assigned fiscal agent who will receive invoices and receipts from Volcano Consulting, LLC


We will send documents that will need to be completed by the employer of all trainees and the trainees themselves. This documentation will provide us with information on your policies and contacts for injury reporting and worker's compensation coverage. Trainees will be asked to sign an acknowledgment stating they have been provided with that information from their employers as well. Organizations and/or attendees without this documentation on file prior to the training will be not be allowed to participate. 


At the beginning of the first in-person meeting, the roster will be checked and each attendee must be matched to a participating agency. Individuals not affiliated with an agency listed in the training agreement, will not be allowed to attend. Please do not invite individuals outside of your agency to the training. 


About the Instructors

Lead Instructor


Ronessa Strickland-Roberts, Owner and Principal Consultant and Volcano Consulting, LLC will be the lead instructor for all trainings. She has more than 10 years of public health experience and nearly 10 years of practical and administrative clinical experience. Ronessa was an Allied Health Instructor for three years and is currently a Certified Allied Health Instructor.

Ronessa graduated from South University in 2001 with an A.S. Medical Assisting degree. She also obtained national certification as a Medical Assistant (CMA) soon after graduation; a designation authorized by the American Association of Medical Assistants.  Ronessa worked in private and public health care settings for the next decade utilizing her phlebotomy and clinical skills on an everyday basis. Ronessa estimates she has performed a minimum of 25,000 venipunctures during her work in medical assisting. Ronessa was previously an adjunct health science instructor for Orange County Public Schools Technical Education Programs, where she taught medical assisting (administrative and clinical skills), phlebotomy, and CPR/First Aid in compliance with state and national accreditation requirements. Ronessa first obtained HIV testing/counseling credentialing in Savannah, GA in 2004 and has maintained state required HIV/testing counseling training in Florida, since moving to the state in 2008.

Ronessa went on to earn a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Public Health degree. Both these degree tracks focus heavily on pedagogy and educational instruction and training. In addition to operating Volcano Consulting, LLC she currently works full-time as a Public Health Administrator; a position which commands use of her instructional and training skills on a regular basis.


Secondary and Subsequent Instructors:


Volcano Consulting, LLC subcontracts several per diem phlebotomists who only work during scheduled phlebotomy trainings. These instructors have been or will be vetted and proof of all legal designation and/or experience will be obtained by Volcano Consulting prior to your scheduled training. All instructors meet prior to each training to ensure your training is conducted in compliance with state laws, to ensure instructors understand and accept Volcano Consulting, LLC policies and procedures, have appropriate insurance coverages and to ensure consistency in instructional delivery, training styles, and skill asssessments


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