Added Qualifications

What is an Added Qualification?

With the growing complexity in pharmacologic information, there is an increased need for focused areas within established pharmacy specialties. The term, “Added Qualification,” is used to denote an enhanced level of training and experience within one segment of a BPS-recognized specialty that targets specific diseases or patient populations.

Currently, two Added Qualifications have been approved within the Pharmacotherapy specialty: Cardiology and Infectious Diseases.

Important Notice about Added Qualifications

The Added Qualifications program for Cardiology and Infectious Diseases will end as of December 31, 2017 based upon the plan to offer the first examinations in those specialties in Fall 2018. Applications for the Added Qualifications program is OPEN with all applications due by December 31, 2017.

Upon completion of the portfolio/application reviews, BPS will issue Added Qualification credentials to those meeting the criteria by May 15, 2018. Individuals currently holding Added Qualifications or who earn them during the 2017 application window can keep those credentials until they expire (7 years from the date of issue) but will not be able to renew them.

In accordance with the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) standards, no person, including those who currently hold Added Qualifications, will be granted board certification in Cardiology or Infectious Diseases unless they apply for and pass the respective examinations. BPS is prohibited from conferring credentials by means of “grandfathering” as a condition of accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact BPS Director, Professional Affairs, Brian Lawson, PharmD at

Information to Apply for Added Qualification

  1. Candidates for Added Qualifications should review available online information and submit the appropriate application forms and documentation:
  2. The application form and portfolio for the review during the next cycle must be submitted to BPS by December 31, 2017. Candidates should make certain that complete information is included in order to avoid possible rejection. The application fee for initial conferral of Added Qualifications is $100 and the application fee for reconfirmation of Added Qualifications is $50.
  3. The Portfolio Review Committee evaluates each portfolio according to standards determined during the petitioning process.
  4. Once portfolios have been approved, successful candidates receive a certificate from BPS.
  5. Added Qualification credentials will not be able to be renewed beyond the 2017 renewal cycle. For those due for reconfirmation in 2017; reconfirmation is accomplished by submission of a new portfolio reflecting the seven-year period during which the specialist was recognized for his/her Added Qualification. As with the original portfolio, evaluative standards established by BPS are listed below under Portfolio Requirements. Prior conferral of Added Qualifications does not assume reconfirmation as each application is reviewed as a new application.


Portfolio Requirements for Added Qualifications

Applications for Added Qualifications

Use of Added Qualifications Titles

The approved terminology for the Added Qualifications credential is, “Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Cardiology”, “Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases”, or “BCPS with Added Qualifications in Cardiology” or “BCPS with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases” Other acceptable terms are BCPS-AQ Cardiology and BCPS-AQ ID.

New Added Qualifications Recognition

Establishing a new Added Qualification is a multi-step process that begins with the submission of a petition on behalf of at least 25 pharmacists. These pharmacists are currently certified in the same BPS-recognized specialty. Please see the guidelines posted below.

Petitioner Information for Added Qualifications