Prepare for the examination by choosing the study method that best suits your schedule and learning style-group study or independent study. A community discussion area has been set up in VHMA MemberConnet to help candidates connect with each other and to facilitate the formation study groups. You must be a VHMA member to access VHMA MemberConnect.
A free Study Guide and Recommended Reading List is available. The Study Guide and Recommended Reading List includes the test Blueprint and Job Task Analysis Outline which provide the most detail available on the examination's content (get the current Study Guide and Recommended Reading List from the CVPM main page under Documents and Resources page).
A CVPM Preparation Workbook is also available to candidates. The CVPM Preparation Workbook is designed to help candidates smoothly navigate the application process and prepare for the examination independently.
Please note, the CVPM Board does not promote or endorse any third party CVPM preparation courses/programs.
Day of the Examination
The electronic examination is offered through High-stake Online Secure Testing (HOST) Locations throughout North America.
Upon entering the testing center candidates will be required to provide a copy of their examination registration confirmation, as well as a valid photo IDs (a valid state license should be one of them) as proof of your identity.
Candidates ARE ALLOWED to have the following items during the examination process:
#1. one blank letter-sized page note paper (provided by the proctor)
#2. one number two pencil or pen (provided by the proctor)
#3. one simple, stand-alone, four-function calculator (provided by the candidate)
Please note, the HOST Location does NOT provide calculators – candidates who wish to have one available for their use, will need to bring an approved calculator. The calculator must be a simple, stand-alone, four-function calculator. Candidates may not use a calculator available on a PDA, smart phone or other electronic device.
Notes, books, bags, cell phones, PDAs, smart phones, beepers, other electronic devices or caps are NOT ALLOWED. Candidates will need to surrender these items upon entering the HOST Location and may retrieve these at the conclusion of the examination and exit from the test center.
The proctor will examine your eye glasses if you are wearing them or intend to wear them - please have them ready for inspection. They will also ask you to empty your pockets for inspection.
The HOST Location will determine if a candidate who arrives late for the examination will be allowed to enter the center to take the examination. No extension of time will be provided. The candidate must complete the examination within the original time slot allotted.
Candidates are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled examination time.
Prior to taking the examination candidates will be required to acknowledge and agree to our Examination Security Policy. Any breach of confidentiality that may compromise the security of the examination content will be grounds for disciplinary action, including but not limited to denial or revocation of certification by the CVPM Board.
Candidates should review the Examination Security Policy in advance of their scheduled examination date so they are familiar with the terms.
Special Examination Arrangements
The CVPM Board supports the intent of and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The CVPM Board will take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure that its certification program is accessible to persons with disabilities covered by the ADA. Appropriate and effective modifications and/or auxiliary aids will be provided to persons with such disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue burden on CVPM’s programs or fundamentally alter the measurement of skills or knowledge that the programs are intended to test.
Candidates with disabilities are required to provide the CVPM Board with advance notice, as well as documentation of their disabilities, along with their request for necessary modifications or aids.
The candidate should submit such documentary evidence necessary to establish to CVPM’s reasonable satisfaction the existence, specific nature, and extent of the candidate’s disability. Such documentation should include a specific diagnosis of the disability and medical records or other supporting information from an appropriate medical or other health professional. The CVPM Board reserves the right to verify the disability and to request additional documentation as necessary.
The candidate should also explain why the modification requested is required by the individual’s disabilities. All special arrangements must be made and agreed upon in advance; such arrangements cannot be made at the time an examination is given. The CVPM Board will make the necessary accommodations, if any, for an individual with verified disability.