Did you ever wonder how a national certification examination is developed? If so, take a minute to read this article from Vita Greco, MA, Director of Psychometric Services, Professional Testing Corporation(PTC). In this article Ms. Greco, details the process and...
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.
Why Get Certified?
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.
Registration Deadline for the September Exam
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PACB today released an updated version of the Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) Candidate Handbook (June 2018). Most of the updates are minor and related to reorganization of content for clarity and readability. One edit of significance is the addition of a “Transfer...
I have been a professional patient advocate for over 30 years, but BCPA is my first credential. I am not a nurse or a social worker, so when people ask what my credentials are, I am thrilled at the response I get when I say that I’m a Board Certified Patient Advocate. Clients feel confident knowing that I didn’t make up a title and that there is a process to ensure I passed a rigorous test to earn it.Caryn Isaacs, BCPA
I was hesitant to take the exam because I have worked in hospitals, rehab facilities, and nursing homes, as an administrator, for over 25 years. However, when I posted that I had become a board-certified patient advocate I received around 200 congratulations from colleagues and friends. It provided me with immediate recognition and credibility.Jeff Weinberg, M. Ed, M.PH