Am I Ready for HCQM Certification?

Drawing upon 40 years of certifying experience, ABQAURP has been developing a convenient and cost-effective program to help today's busy professional achieve HCQM Certification.

Do I certify as a member or non-member?

Your first option in the certification process is to decide if you would like to obtain certification as a member or as a non-member. ABQAURP's Professional Member Program entitles you to receive discounts on ABQAURP offerings including: application fee, exam fee, Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) online course, live conferences, complimentary CME / CE courses, home studies, and other online courses. Please note: You are not required to become a Professional Member. You may move forward in the exam process as a non-member.

Do I have enough CE credits to sit for the HCQM exam?

ABQAURP requires certificates for 20 hours of continuing education (CME / CE) to meet the exam educational requirement. Continuing education must be pertinent to at least one of the exam categories. (See listing below.) ABQAURP offers the Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) as an online course to fulfill the educational requirement for exam candidates.

What is covered on the HCQM exam?

Below are some Exam Highlights. A more in-depth list of exam highlights can be found HERE.
  • Clinical Resource Management
  • Physician Advisor Roles
  • Transitions of Care
  • Risk Management/Patient Safety
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Quality Improvement, Management, and Assurance
  • Pay for Performance
  • Insurance and Managed Care
  • Case Management
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Accreditation Organizations
  • Credentialing and Privileging
It is strongly advised to use the Exam Highlights as topics for individual study in conjunction with the online CBK course modules and post-test. Achieving a passing grade on the CBK course does not guarantee success on the certification exam.

Do I have to be approved to sit for the HCQM exam?

Yes. When an exam candidate completes the application process by submitting a completed exam application, sends supporting documents and proof of educational requirements, the ABQAURP Credentialing Committee will review the application for approval.

When can I sit for the HCQM exam?

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 HCQM exam. The exam window is August 15 - October 15, 2017. Once all exam requirements have been met and candidate is deemed eligible, you may schedule your exam for any available date during the window. Our HCQM Certification examination is given in a 4-hour time block and consists of 175 multiple choice questions. Examinees receive a provisional pass/fail notice immediately upon completion of exam. Complete test results are sent after the exam window has been closed and processed.

The HCQM Board Certification exam is not given at ABQAURP’s annual conference.

To preserve the integrity of the HCQM Board Certification exam, examinees may test once per exam window. Exam candidates that do not achieve a passing grade will have the opportunity to retake the exam the following year. Any candidate retaking the exam will pay an additional HCQM Certification Exam fee.