Preparing for the Examination

CVPM the Examination

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 MemberConnect 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 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*

*Please note, some HOST Locations may provide an on-screen calculator (check with your test center to confirm availability) – candidates who wish to have one available for their use may bring an approved calculator. The calculator must be a simple, stand-alone, four-function calculator. Candidates may not use a calculator which is a part of another 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.

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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.

If you require special accommodations in order to sit for the examination, you should contact the CVPM Board. You and your qualified health care provider will need to complete the required forms to document the disability and the need for accommodation. Requests for special accommodation, along with the required documentation, should be submitted with the program application for consideration.

CVPM ADA Procedures and Forms

CVPM Appeals Process

A participant in the Certification Program may appeal in writing to CVPM Board for review of the final determination of a candidate's non-eligibility or non-admittance to the Certification Program, for review of final examination scores or for a hearing on any other complaint pertaining to the CVPM Board's final actions. The procedures for a program candidate/certified professional's appeal are as outlined below.

A decision affirming an action or determination of the CVPM Board adverse to a Certification Program participant shall be by a three-fifths vote. The decision of the CVPM Board shall be final in the matter under consideration.

Application/Renewal Grievance

This policy affords program candidates and certified professionals an opportunity to appeal a decision by the CVPM Board if an application is denied or if a re-credential application is denied.

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  1. The program candidate/certified professional is informed in writing of his or her denied application within 60 days of submittal. Notification of denial must state the reason for the denial or request for additional documentation required to complete the application, stating to the individual the reason that such information is necessary.
  2. The program candidate/certified professional has 60 days to resubmit requested materials.
  3. Upon receipt, the application is reviewed for completeness and accuracy. If the application is again denied, another notice is mailed to the program candidate/certified professional stating the reason for the denial or request for additional documentation, stating to the individual the reason that such information is necessary.  This time a 30-day time frame for resubmittal is allowed.
  4. Upon receipt of newly-submitted materials, the application is again reviewed and if determined incomplete, program candidate/certified professional is asked to resubmit the application in full, with all elements complete.
  5. Process continues until program candidate/certified professional is able to complete all the required portions of the application to the satisfaction of the CVPMB.

Examination Appeals Process

The appeals process is made available to all program candidates who, upon receipt of their exam results, choose to contest these results.

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  1. The program candidate has 30 days from the date of receipt of their examination score to request an appeal in writing, sent by certified mail, to the CVPM Board.  Only the candidate may request an appeal.
  2. Upon receipt of the written request for appeal, the candidate's examination answer sheet will be re-scored.
  3. After the candidate's examination answer sheet has been re-scored, the CVPM Board will notify the candidate in writing if he or she passed or failed the examination based on the re-scoring.
  4. If a program candidate does not successfully pass the examination after the appeals process is complete, he or she can apply to retake the written examination within two years of the last failed examination date, additional fees are required.

Preparing for the Examination

Dates & Fees

Re-examination

PASS/FAIL Standard

Recognition

For those candidates who successfully pass the examination, the Certification Board will publish recognition of the candidate's accomplishment in the VHMA newsletter. 

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