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CEB Standard Setting Report, 2017

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Dual Certification Policy Approved by Council, April 2017

Effective in 2020, Candidates for dual certification (i.e. a candidate that is ACVP certified in one of the two disciplines: clinical pathology or anatomic pathology) must adhere to the following training requirements prior to attempting the relevant certification exam:

  • 12 months, at the equivalent of 40 hours per week, of training under the mentorship of an ACVP diplomate who is certified in the discipline sought.

  • The 12 months of training may be obtained over a period of 1 to 5 years.

  • A minimum of 50% of the training time should be in person with the ACVP certified mentor.

  • Following the training, the ACVP certified mentor will sign the sponsorship form attesting to the readiness to attempt the certification exam (i.e. testable competencies) and also training and mastery of the non-testable competencies.

Job Task Analysis for Clinical Pathology and Anatomic Pathology approved by Council, March 2017. 

Job Task Analysis Clinical Pathology

Job Task Analysis for Anatomic Pathology

 

There will be two versions of the Phase II certifying examination offered in 2017:

  • A new redesigned Phase II examination, administered at the American Board of Pathology’s Testing Center in Tampa, Florida.  2017 is the first year this version of the examination is being offered. 
  • The traditional Phase II examination, administered at the Scheman Center in Ames, Iowa.  2017 is the final year this version of the examination is being offered and it is only available to certain candidates.
  • Both Ames and Tampa phase II examinations will be prepared and graded by the Examination Committee, supplemented by members of the CEB with EC experience.
  • The Ames phase II examination is composed of test items with good past performance and the Tampa phase II examination is composed of test items with good past performance and as well as new items

Candidate Eligibility for Phase II Examinations:

  • All new candidates must take the new Phase II examination in Tampa, FL.
  • Candidates who have attempted the traditional Phase II examination in Ames, but have not passed any sections, must take the new Phase II examination in Tampa, FL.
  • Only repeat candidates who have previously passed, and still retain credit for, at least one section of the traditional Phase II examination in Ames are eligible to repeat the traditional examination in Ames in 2017.
  • Candidates who have previously passed at least one section of the traditional Phase II examination in Ames, but have not passed all sections within three attempts, no longer retain credit for those sections and must take the new Phase II examination in Tampa, FL.
  • Any candidate who is eligible for the traditional Ames examination in 2017 may opt to take the new Tampa examination instead.
  • As of 2018, all candidates must take the Phase II examination in Tampa, FL.

For more details, please see Transition PDF