Am I Ready for HCQM Certification?

Below find frequently asked questions to determine if you are ready to take the HCQM Certification Exam. 

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 Membership 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, 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 25 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. An exam candidate completes the application process by submitting a completed exam application, registering for and paying the HCQM Exam fee, sending in supporting documents and proof of educational requirements. ABQAURP then reviews your application for approval and you will be notified by email of your eligibility status. You will be notified by email of any missing exam items as well, please make sure ABQAURP is in your safe senders list and check your spam folders if waiting for eligibility information.

When can I sit for the HCQM exam?

The 2021 exam will be given June 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. Once all exam requirements have been met and the candidate has been notified of their eligibility, you may schedule your exam  for any available date during the window at a Prometric Testing Center or via Remote Proctoring. Our HCQM Certification examination is given in a 4-hour time block and consists of 175 multiple choice questions.

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

What if I do not pass the HCQM exam?

Exam candidates that do not achieve a passing grade will have the opportunity to retake the exam once more during the current exam window (as time allows). Any candidate retaking the exam will pay an additional fee. If you receive notice on exam day that you did not pass, please contact ABQAURP for details.