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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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Patient Advocate Certification Board Statement and Call to Action June 4, 2020 Since early 2020, our nation has joined much of the rest of the world in the fight against significant health crisis. COVID-19 is a pandemic that has so far claimed the lives of more than...

New BCPA Community

New BCPA Community

PACB Launches New Website and Online Community for Board Certified Patient Advocates Commensurate with the rapid growth of the field of Patient and Health Advocacy, the expanding interest in and the number of Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPAs), and our...