COVID-19

Updated: 8/4/20

Over the past several weeks, BPS and our examination delivery vendor, Prometric, have closely monitored the ever-changing events associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus in countries around the world.

Spring 2020 Certification and Recertification Examination Results are now available.

You will need to log into your MyBPS account to obtain your score report. You should have also received an email notifying you that your report is ready to be viewed.

  • The Fall 2020 BPS Exam Registration window is now OPEN through Friday, August 14, 2020, candidates may click here to register. The Fall 2020 testing window will be open between September 8, 2020 through October 12, 2020. BPS and Prometric will continue to discuss and evaluate options to accommodate the needs of our candidates.

BPS has partnered with its testing vendor, Prometric, to make available a Live Remote Proctoring (LRP) option for the September – October 2020 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.

As this is a special pilot, BPS reserves the right to discontinue LRP examinations at any time.

Important Takeaways:

  • The availability of LRP examinations will be restricted* to candidates who are approved to test in the Fall 2020 examination window and reside in the U.S. or Canada due to a larger candidate pool, a higher prevalence of site closures in North America, as well as reduced seating capacity resulting from social distancing requirements. Candidates inside AND outside of the U.S. and Canada 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 now for BPS certification examinations now that the application window is officially open.
    • As soon as candidates are approved by BPS to test for the September – October 2020 Examination Window, they will be able to schedule examinations at an available Prometric test center, if they so choose.
    • Scheduling for an LRP appointment opened on 7/1/2020.
  • 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. We are presently working to update the BPS Candidate’s Guide with more details about terms and conditions and will post online when available.
  • 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 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.
Read the Remote Proctoring Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to learn more about the Live Remote Proctoring offering for the Fall 2020 Examination Window.
  • 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 Tonomi Marbley at (202) 448-8720
    • Recertification – Contact Lulu Mziray at (202) 223-7180
    • For all other questions dial (202) 429-7591
      (BPS hours of operation are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST)

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.