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What is BCPA Certification

In our complex system of health care, certifications help to provide assurance of quality, safe and ethical conduct. Across industries, certification translates to confidence and trust, and is valued by consumers worldwide. Certification can help guide consumers to locate the most qualified service providers available. To that end, the Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB) endorses certification (by examination) for all individuals in the field of patient advocacy.

Certification is one-part of a process called, “credentialing.” It focuses specifically on the individual and is an indication of current competence in the specialized area of patient advocacy practice. Passing the examination for Board Certified Patient Advocate creates and promotes competence and professionalism in the field of patient advocacy, provides formal recognition on behalf of practicing patient advocates and enhances consumer safety, ensuring patients have a voice in their care.

Certification can lead to better visibility, opportunities, and jobs. In today’s increasingly complex and highly-specialized healthcare system, credentials are more important than ever. Sure, you know you’ve got the skills to do the job, but how do you convince potential clients and employers you do?  For many career-minded professional patient advocates, certification is often the answer. For some patient advocates, certification is recognized as a valuable way to prove professional credentials to both health care providers as well as patients and family care givers.

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2020 In Review

2020 In Review

PACB - 2020 In Review   Certification Commission Eligibility Criteria Live Remote Proctoring through Examity Prolydian Registration and CE Management Platform Job Task Analysis (aka Role and Function Study) Conclusion 2020 is almost over and there is little...

2020 Exam Cycle

2020 Exam Cycle

Important Information about the 2020 Patient Advocate Certification Exam Cycle by Heidi Kummer, MD, MPH, BCPA, Exam Chair, on behalf of the Patient Advocate Certification Board of Directors To say that 2020 has been an unusual year would be an understatement. The...