The certification examinations are given one day each year. The exam is given at the site of the annual meeting of the Health Physics Society and, on the same day, at several other locations throughout the country. The exam sites for each year will be selected by the American Academy of Health Physics' Examination Site Selection Committee by February 1 of each year. All approved candidates will be sent a site selection survey form in early March listing the tentative examination sites. The candidate should indicate first and second choices of location and will be assigned to the first choice unless that site does not have enough candidates to warrant the examination being given there. All candidates will be notified of their definite exam site approximately 45 days prior to the examination date.
Once a candidate is notified of eligibility to take an examination, the candidate is expected to appear at the next scheduled examination. Examination fees are non-refundable. Application material is only good for a two year period and must be resubmitted after two years. A candidate who is scheduled to take an exam may postpone it up to the moment before the exams are distributed. Once a candidate has received an exam, it must be submitted for scoring. Should the ABHP make policy changes that could affect a candidate's eligibility to take the exam once a candidate has been declared eligible by the admissions process, a candidate will remain eligible for the full period of initial qualification.
After paying the exam fee, a candidate who fails the first examination may be admitted to the next examination without resubmitting an application if it is within two years of the application date. An application is only good for two years (two exam cycles). If a candidate passes one part of the exam, the candidate must pass the other part within a period of seven years, or must reapply and retake both parts. The candidate must notify the Board of his/her intention to retake the examination and submit the proper fee no later than January 15 of the year in which the examination is to be taken.
NOTE: Unless taking both parts of the exam at the same time, a candidate may not take Part II without having first passed Part I.