BCPA Exam Eligibility Criteria         

                                    
Preface: The field of patient advocacy is represented by a diverse group of professionals who hail from a wide breadth and depth of backgrounds and educational experiences.

One goal of the PACB is to recognize the diversity of the practice. The following eligibility requirements and decisions were developed to meet that goal.

BCPA = Board Certified Patient Advocate. This is the credential that is awarded to those who pass the examination.

Note: PACB reserves the right to amend these eligibility requirements at any time. Current as of  8/7/2019

Criteria for Eligibility to Sit for the BCPA Exam Leading to Board Certified Patient Advocate Certification

Education Requirement

At least for the first four (4) testing cycles (approximately two years) there will be no education requirement to be eligible to sit for the exam.

Patient Advocacy Experience Requirement

At least for the first four (4) testing cycles (approximately two years) there will be no proof of prior experience required to be eligible to sit for the exam.

Other License or Certification Requirement

At least for the first four (4) testing cycles (approximately two years) there will be no proof of prior experience required to be eligible to sit for the exam.

Citizenship Requirement

There are no citizenship or country of origin requirements to be eligible to sit for the exam.

Criminal Background Check Requirement

No criminal background check will be required for certification, before or after the exam. However, PACB recommends emphatically that all professional and aspiring advocates voluntarily undergo a background check and make the results public in order to garner trust among potential patient-clients.

Proof of ability to conduct the essential tasks of the profession

A candidate’s ability to conduct the essential tasks of the profession will be assessed through the exam itself. Exam questions will be based on the documents published on the www.PACBoard.org website:

  • Ethical Standards
  • Competencies and Best Practices
  • Key Terms

 

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