ACPV Policy on Credentialing alt 

Exam Instructions alt (Required reading before completing ACPV exam application)

Online Application Form (Please review the entire application form in advance to make sure you have gathered all the information necessary to complete your application.)  Application opens September 1

ACPV Nomination Forms alt This form can be downloaded and emailed to diplomates.  Diplomates should complete, save and send to [email protected] by October 1

ACPV Appeals Process alt

Application Fee Payment Form

Important ACPV policies regarding exam eligibility and the exam fee:

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.

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 above procedure for eligibility timeline (above paragraph). 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.


2020 ACPV Exam

The 2020 ACPV exam has been cancelled due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the impact of Covid-19, including travel restrictions, both domestically and internationally. 

Every candidate will receive a non-penalized deferment until 2021.  Any required fees that have been paid will be held unless a candidate prefers to receive a refund.  Reapplying will not be required for candidates that have already completed this process.


Candidates approved by ACPV to take the exam in 2020 must pay the exam fee by April 15, 2020. This includes returning candidates. 
Exam Fee Payment Form

The 2020 exam will be held on July 30, 2020 in San Diego, CA.  A short practice exam will be given on July 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm PST.  The exam will be held at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. This is the hotel where the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP)'s annual meeting will be held.

2020 Exam Information for Candidates alt

2021 ACPV Exam

Application Deadline for the 2021 ACPV Examination is October 1, 2020.

The examination will be given in English only in (3) parts consisting of projected images, multiple-choice questions and a written practical examination.

The final date for submission of the completed application forms for the 2021 examination is October 1, 2020. Applications are completed online. Electronic transfer of transcripts from educational institutions is preferred, but hard copies may be mailed to the ACPV office. Applicants should keep a hard copy file of all the application documents should the College request them. Nomination forms can be emailed or mailed.

The 2021 exam will be held in Minneapolis, MN.  More specific information is forth coming.

Application Fee: $100 (Due October 1, 2020)
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)

A new fee structure for the ACPV examination will begin with the application fee for the 2022 exam. This is due on October 1, 2021.
Application Fee: $175 (Due October 1 the year preceding the exam year.)
First Time Candidate Fee: $700 (Due April 1 the year of the exam.)
Returning Candidate Fee: $400 (Due April 1 the year of the exam.)

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 the  successful completion of the exam.

 Dr. Kate Hayes
ACPV Examination Committee Chair 
12627 San Jose Blvd., Suite 202
Jacksonville, FL 32223-8638
[email protected]