Credentialed Candidates 

Credentialed candidates are those who have completed the application process and have been approved to sit for the exam but have not yet passed the exam in the time allotted. Candidates should be familiar with the following deadlines, documents, and policies. 

Location of Exam 

The upcoming exam will be conducted in multiple locations in North America as opposed to previous years when it was held in conjunction with the AAAP conference. Sites have been carefully chosen to ensure appropriate Covid-19 considerations, including candidate distancing throughout the duration of the examination.

The following locations have been confirmed as examination sites:

1. Canada; exact location pending

2. UGA in Athens, GA

3. NCSU in Raleigh, NC

4. Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN

5. Aviagen facility in the Athens, AL area

Exam Fee and Exam Completion Policies 

An applicant will have three years, representing three consecutive examination periods, to successfully complete all phases of the examination. A fee as determined by the Board shall be charged for each and every examination. Any applicant who has not successfully completed three phases of the examination within three years after the application will be permitted to reapply after the third year. Such applicants will be required to submit a new application and examination fee. The applicant will be required to complete the entire sequence, comprising all three parts (phases) of the examination. 

Fees for 2021 Exam 

First Time Candidate $560. Due April 1, 2021. 

Returning Candidate $125 per portion of the exam, plus $60 ExamSoft license fee. Due April 1, 2021. 

Fee Structure for 2022 Exam 

A new fee structure for the ACPV examination will begin with the application fee for the 2022 exam.  (The application fee for the 2022 exam is due October 1, 2021.) The exam fees for candidates will also change in 2022. 

First Time Candidate Fee: $700.  Due April 1, 2022. 

Returning Candidate Fee: $400. Due April 1, 2022. 

Policy for Deferring of Certification Examination 

This policy outlines the procedures for candidates who elect not to take the examination even though credentialed with all fees paid. All candidates have a three-year window, beginning with the first year they are accepted, to complete the exam. If the candidate has not passed all sections of the exam within the three-year window, they must follow the procedure for eligibility timeline (see, “EXAM FEE AND EXAM COMPLETION POLICIES.”) An exam fee is required each year a candidate sits for the exam. If the candidate has paid an exam fee and then elects not to write the exam, they must notify the Executive Vice President by 1 June of the exam year or the examination fee will be forfeited to the ACPV. 

Grading Timetable 

Candidates will be notified of exam results no later than 8 weeks after completing the exam.  Successful candidates will be admitted into the College no later than 10 weeks after completing the exam. Candidates will receive their diplomas at the ACPV Annual Business Meeting the year following successful completion of the exam. 

Disability Policy 

Candidates can request disability accommodations.  Please see the handbook pg.11 for details.  The form to request special accommodations is included in the exam fees payment form.  The due date to request special accommodations is April 1.