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Exam FAQs
 
Successfully passing the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam is the first step in earning the CPH credential. We have outlined FAQs about the exam process below. If you have any remaining questions please email us at info@nbphe.org
 
 
Eligibility
   •  My school was accredited after I graduated, can I still take the exam?
   •  The program or school from which I graduated is no longer accredited by the Council in Education for Public Health (CEPH), but it was CEPH-accredited when I graduated. Am I eligible for the CPH examination?
   •  How does this exam/credential Relate to CHES? The ACHE Diplomate? Being a Registered Sanitarian?
   •  Is the CPH required?
Registration
   •  When can I register for the exam?
   •  How do I register for the exam?
   •  What about candidates with disabilities / request a special accommodation?
   •  How do I update my email or mailing address?
   •  Can I defer my registration to another exam administration?
Exam Fees
   •  What are the exam fees?
   •  Is the registration fee refundable?
   •  Can I Use veterans' benefits for the CPH exam?
Exam Information
   •  How to prepare for the Exam?
   •  What can I expect during the exam?
   •  Can I retake the CPH Exam?
   •  My score report says that I'm “Provisionally Certified.” What does that mean?
   •  Will anyone else see my score?
Testing Centers
   •  United States
   •  International Locations and Fees

Eligibility
My school was accredited after I graduated, can I still take the exam?
  You can take the exam if you graduated up to three years before the CEPH–accreditation date of your school or program. (Example: University of Alabama at Birmingham was accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health [CEPH] in 1978. If you graduated in 1975 or thereafter, you are eligible to take the exam.)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency which accredits schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health. See the list of schools and programs accredited by CEPH.
 
The program or school from which I graduated is no longer accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), but it was CEPH-accredited when I graduated. Am I eligible for the CPH examination?
  Yes you are, as long as your graduation occurred within the time period of CEPH accreditation, or up to three years before the award of accreditation. The NBPHE will contact CEPH to confirm an entity’s accreditation date. Note also that NBPHE routinely verifies graduation status of all examinees with the registrar of the public health school or program. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the records documenting your graduation during the appropriate time period are available for verification.
 
How does this exam/credential relate to CHES? The ACHE Diplomate? Being a Registered Sanitarian?
  The exam will cover general information in the five core areas of knowledge basic to public health and cross–cutting areas relevant to contemporary public health. The exam will not delve into more specialized areas covered in the CHES, ACHE and other exams.
 
Is the CPH required for me to work in U.S. Public Health?
  The CPH is not a license to practice public health in the U.S. The U.S. does not currently require any license to be hired in public health or to deliver an essential service of public health. The CPH is a voluntary credential that demonstrates mastery of the core knowledge of public health. However, more and more employers are preferentially hiring and promoting CPH professionals or those who are eligible for CPH credentialing.
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Registration
When can I register for the 2014 - 2015 Computer Based Tests?
 

Registration is now open! Please click here to register.

Exam Dates:

October 4 - 25, 2014
February 9 - 28, 2015
June 1 - 30, 2015
October 1 – 31, 2015

 
How do I register for the exam?
 

Candidates can register at the “NBPHE Registration Center

Candidates who successfully complete the registration process will receive an email from AMP Customer Service (schedule@goamp.com) with instructions on scheduling the date, time and location of their exam.  Candidates who have not received an email from AMP within five business days of registration may call AMP's Candidate Support Center at (888) 519-9901.

Telephone Scheduling:
Candidates who requested special accommodations from the NBPHE under the Americans with Disabilities Act must call AMP to schedule their examination appointment at 888-519-9901.

If you contact AMP by 3:00 p.m.
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Depending on availability, your examination may be scheduled beginning…
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Email Scheduling:

Candidates who selected a test location outside of the 50 US states and DC must schedule via email with AMP. Look for an email from AMP with instructions and a request for preferred locations and dates.

Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf:
AMP is equipped with Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD) to assist deaf and hearing-impaired candidates who wish to make application for the examination. TDD calling is available 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday at 913-895-4637. This TDD phone option is for individuals equipped with compatible TDD equipment.
 
What about candidates with disabilities / requesting a special accommodation?
  NBPHE is interested in ensuring that no individual with a disability is deprived of the opportunity to take the examination solely by reason of that disability. AMP testing facilities will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities.
  1. Wheelchair access is available at all established Assessment Centers.  Candidates must advise AMP at the time of registration that wheelchair access is necessary.
  2. Candidates with visual, sensory or physical disabilities that would prevent them from taking the examination under standard conditions may request special accommodations and arrangements by submitting accommodation request forms to Examination Services, AMP, 18000 W. 105th Street, Olathe, KS, 66061-7543.  Questions about the accommodation request process should be directed to 888-519-9901.
 
How do I update my email or mailing address?
 

To update your account before you have taken the CPH exam, please log in to NBPHE Online Services and update your contact information. To update your contact information after you have taken the CPH exam, please log in to the recertification portal at: https://www.nbphe.org/recert/.

 
Can I defer my registration to another exam administration?
 

You may reschedule your appointment ONCE within the examination window for which you applied at no charge online at www.goAMP.com or by calling AMP at 888-519-9901 at least two business days prior to your scheduled appointment. You may also extend your eligibility to take the exam by one year by paying a deferral fee of $125 (by credit card only). For further instructions please see the candidate handbook.

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Exam Fees
What are the exam fees?
  Regular registration - $385 USD
Alumni and students of specific schools and programs may receive a discount on the CPH exam fee. Click here to see available discounts.
 
Is the registration fee refundable?
  The registration fee is not refundable but it is deferrable. The international exam fee is NOT refundable.
 
 
Can I use veterans' benefits for the CPH exam?
  Yes. As of November 2009, the NBPHE is approved to offer the CPH exam through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans, their eligible dependants, and reservists may qualify for reimbursement of the CPH exam costs through their veteran's education benefits. For more information, please contact the Veterans Benefits Administration office in your area or visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits website at: http://www.gibill.va.gov
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Exam Information
How to prepare for the Exam?
 

The exam consists of 200 questions and is timed (the standard form is 4 hours). All questions on the exam are multiple choice and single-best answer. Some questions are: matching items; part of a series of questions related to a common vignette; and have associated pictorials or charts.
Click here to view Study Resources.

 
What can I expect during the exam?
 

See our candidate handbook for more details about the scheduling and examination process.

 
Can I retake the CPH exam?
 

Once you receive your score report, you may reapply online by visiting AMP’s website at www.goAMP.com.  Candidates retaking the CPH exam will be charged the appropriate registration fee when registering to retake the exam.

 
My score report says that I’m “Provisionally Certified.” What does that mean?
  The NBPHE only certifies graduates or alumni of schools or programs of public health accredited by CEPH. Therefore, your CPH is pending award until after your academic institution verifies with the NBPHE that you have completed all requirements for graduation. This will happen electronically between your academic institution and the NBPHE. Then you will automatically receive a certificate recognizing your accomplishment and your CPH status will be active.
 
Will anyone else see my score?
  Student and alumni scores are shared with the academic institution which conferred or will confer candidates’ degree. A list of successful Certified in Public Health examinees will be published annually.
 
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Testing Centers
United States
  AMP testing centers where you can take the exam are located throughout the US. Click here to search for a testing center. In addition, some schools and programs offer paper/pencil exams on campus. Candidates who wish to test in the U.S. territories should select their location from the list under “International only.”
 
International Locations and Fees
  AMP testing centers where you can take the exam are located throughout in a number of countries outside the U.S. Click here to search for a testing center. Candidates who wish to test in the U.S. territories should select their location from the list under “International only.”An additional fee of $125 is required to sit for the exam outside of the 50 U.S. states and DC.
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