COVID-19

Updated: 05/16/22

BPS highly values your safety and security during these tumultuous times. We are extremely grateful for your contributions to patient care and remain committed to supporting your endeavor to become board certified. BPS is sensitive to and recognizes that issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic are changing daily, and BPS staff will continue to monitor this and provide updates to this webpage as new information becomes available.

For the latest examination center updates regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, please visit the Prometric website (https://www.prometric.com/covid-19-update/covid-19-update) for up-to-date information.

Spring 2022 Examination:

The Spring 2022 BPS Examination window is CLOSED

Fall 2022 Examination: 

The Fall 2022 BPS Exam Registration window is now OPEN through August 3, 2022. The Fall 2022 testing window will be open between September 19, 2022 through September 26, 2022. 

Test Center Examination: Arrival and Check-In Procedures
For the latest examination center updates regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, please visit the Prometric website (https://www.prometric.com/corona-virus-update) for up-to-date information.

 

Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) Examination

BPS has partnered with its testing vendor, Prometric, to make available a Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) option for the September – October 2022 Examination Window, with certain restrictions*.

LRP allows candidates to test in a place of their choosing (i.e., in their home) using their own computer, rather than at a brick-and-mortar Prometric testing center, while being monitored via webcam by offsite proctors. The LRP option requires candidates to download an application (ProProctor) from Prometric to establish remote access to the candidate’s computer. This application includes Prometric’s test engine software, as well as a lockdown browser to ensure secure test delivery.

Important Takeaways:

        • The availability of LRP examinations will be restricted* to candidates who are approved to test in the Fall 2022 examination window and reside in the U.S., Canada or Australia due to a larger candidate pool, a higher prevalence of site closures as well as reduced seating capacity resulting from social distancing requirements. Candidates inside AND outside of the U.S., Canada, and Australia will still be able to schedule examinations at available Prometric in-person testing centers.
        • LRP examinations will be available for all BPS specialty certifications.
        • We encourage applicants to apply for BPS certification examinations during the open application window.
          • As soon as candidates are approved by BPS to test for the September – October 2022 Examination Window, they will be able to schedule examinations at an available Prometric test center, if they so choose.
        • Candidates approved for LRP examinations must review and meet all testing requirements, including, access to appropriate technology (i.e., personal computer, webcam, and high-speed internet connection) as well as compliance with unique security requirements. Candidates are asked to review the BPS Candidate’s Guide to learn more details about terms and conditions about the LRP examinations.
        • Candidates considering LRP for their September – October test administration should note that special terms and conditions may apply, and to keep checking back for updates at www.bpsweb.org
        • BPS has developed an In-center Testing and Live Remote Proctored (LRP) Testing Considerations resource document to help candidates consider their options when applying for the September – October BPS certification examinations.

BPS staff is working remotely and while we do not expect any interruption in service, please note that response to calls and emails might be slightly delayed. If you have specific questions regarding the following categories please contact the staff member associated with that task:

    • All Exam Day/Testing Issues – Contact Scott Smith at (202) 429-4113
    • Certificates – Contact Tari Hall at (202) 558-2729
    • Transcripts – Contact Scott Smith at (202) 429-4113
    • Recertification – Contact Lulu Mziray at (202) 223-7180
    • For all other questions dial (202) 946-5026
      (BPS hours of operation are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST)