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Frequently Asked Questions​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

General FAQs

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    • ​Why does my credential have an expiration date?​
    ​The NBRC's Continuing Competency Program has been designed to enhance and/or contribute to the continuing competence of credentialed respiratory therapists and pulmonary function technologists and demonstrate concern for patient safety. Individuals participating in the Continuing Competency Program are required to provide evidence they are continuing to meet current standards of practice and have successfully renewed their national credentials issued by the NBRC. Individuals may confirm they meet active status requirements and renew their active status through our website, www.nbrc.org. Through implementation of the Continuing Competency Program, the NBRC further demonstrates its compliance with the accreditation standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).​​
    • ​What are the benefits of active NBRC status?
    ​Keeping your status active helps the NBRC work for uniform licensure and support the development of examinations that uphold the standards of the respiratory care profession. In addition to the discounts for products, credential verification services and access to the NBRC Horizons newsletter, maintaining a continuous, active status ensures that no fee will be required for compliance with the Continuing Competency Program (CCP).​​
    • ​What happens if at least one of my credentials is not subject to the Continuing Competency Program?
    ​The only credentials that must meet Continuing Competency Program (CCP) requirements are those earned as of July 1, 2002. These credentials are subject to expiration. If you hold a credential that does not have an expiration date, then it is a lifetime credential and not subject to expiration​.​
    • ​What is the NBRC's Record Retention Policy?
    ​Eligibility records for candidates who applied for an examination are maintained for one year following application, without the candidate actually taking or expressing interest in being scheduled for an examination. Candidates not actively pursuing credentialing will have their eligibility records inactivated after one year. This means that candidates whose applications are inactivated must reapply as new candidates and meet the then current admissions requirements. Individuals who have passed one portion of the RRT Examination will have that passing performance nullified if they allow their application records to become inactivated. Appropriate notices will continue to be provided to any affected candidates before their application records are inactivated.​​
    • ​How do I change my name with the NBRC?​
    To change your name with the NBRC, send an e-mail to nbrc-info@nbrc.org and include your current name, current address and previous name.​
    • ​I don't remember the email address I used to log in and can no longer access my information. How do I update my log in information?​
    To update your log in information with the NBRC, send an e-mail to nbrc-info@nbrc.org and include your current name, current address, identification number and the email address you want to now use for your access.​
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Continuing Competency Program FAQs

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    • What kind of CEUs do I need for my credential?​​
    The only credentials that must meet the Continuing Competency Program (CCP) requirements are those earned as of July 1, 2002. Depending upon how many credentials you hold, there are several combinations of subjects you may need to submit. The grid shown below should provide specific information for all credential combinations.
    Credential(s) Held that have an expiration date Composition of CEUs Required
    CRT only 30 hours general respiratory care subjects
    RRT (including CRT) 30 hours general respiratory care subjects
    CPFT only 30 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    RPFT (including CPFT) 30 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    CRT-NPS or RRT-NPS 15 hours general respiratory care subjects and 15 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects
    CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS 15 hours general respiratory care subjects and 15 hours sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects
    ​RRT-ACCS ​15 hours general respiratory care subjects and 15 hours adult critical care subjects
    CRT or RRT and CPFT or RPFT 15 hours general respiratory care subjects and 15 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    CRT-NPS or RRT-NPS and CPFT or RPFT 10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, and 10 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS and CPFT or RPFT 10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, and 10 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    ​RRT-ACCS and CPFT or RPFT ​10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours adult critical care subjects, and 10 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    CRT-NPS or RRT-NPS and CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS 10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, and 10 hours sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects
    ​RRT-NPS and RRT-ACCS ​10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, and 10 hours adult critical care subjects
    RRT-SDS and RRT-ACCS

    ​10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 10 hours sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, and 10 hours adult critical care subjects

    ​RRT-NPS and RRT-ACCS and CPFT or RPFT ​​15 hours general respiratory care subjects, 5 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, 5 hours adult critical care, and 5 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    ​RRT-SDS and RRT-ACCS and CPFT or RPFT ​15 hours general respiratory care subjects, 5 hours of sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, 5 hours adult critical care, and 5 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    CRT-NPS or RRT-NPS and CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS and CPFT or RPFT 15 hours general respiratory care subjects, 5 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, 5 hours of sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, and 5 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    ​RRT-NPS and RRT-SDS and RRT-ACCS

    15 hours of general respiratory care subjects, 5 hours of neonatal/pediatric subjects, 5 hours sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, and 5 hours adult critical care subjects

    ​RRT-NPS and RRT-SDS and RRT-ACCS and CPFT or RPFT 10 hours general respiratory care subjects, 5 hours neonatal/pediatric subjects, 5 hours of sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention subjects, 5 hours adult critical care subjects, and 5 hours pulmonary function or pulmonary diagnostic technology subjects
    • What happens if my credential expires?​
    ​If you are within 6 months of credential expiration, you have the option of entering your CEUs online and paying a $250 reinstatement fee. Please note: this is a completely online process and CEUs must have been earned during the 5-year credential term. If the grace period option is not utilized, you have two years following expiration to apply for testing and to reinstate your credential. You will be required to pay the new application fee and a $150 expired credential fee. If you successfully complete the examination, your credential will be reinstated without having to meet the then-current admission requirements. However, if two years lapse and you have not successfully passed the examination, you are required to apply as a new applicant and meet all admission policies in effect at that time. Please note: if you have more than one expired credential, you must apply for and pass all examinations to reinstate all expired credentials.​​
    • How do I submit the CEU information to the NBRC?

    ​Continuing education (CE) information must be submitted online. Please do not submit paper documents. Once you have logged in to www.nbrc.org from the 'Credentialed Practitioners' page and then the 'Credentialed Practitioners' link, select the 'Continuing Competency Program (CCP)' link. You will be asked to confirm that your credentialing information is correct, then enter information for each CE course completed. While you will be able to enter your CE course records at any time, you can only 'Recertify Now' during the last six months before your expiration date.​

    • ​What CE courses will the NBRC accept toward compliance with the Continuing Competency Program (CCP)?

    ​The NBRC will accept any course that is accepted by your state licensing board for purposes of respiratory care licensure. If your state licensing board has no requirements, the NBRC will accept any course approved by the AARC.​

    • ​Why does my credential have an expiration date?

    ​The NBRC's Continuing Competency Program has been designed to enhance and/or contribute to the continuing competence of credentialed respiratory therapists and pulmonary function technologists and demonstrate concern for patient safety. Individuals participating in the Continuing Competency Program are required to provide evidence they are continuing to meet current standards of practice and have successfully renewed their national credentials issued by the NBRC. Individuals may confirm they meet active status requirements and renew their active status through our website, www.nbrc.org. Through implementation of the Continuing Competency Program, the NBRC further demonstrates its compliance with the accreditation standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).​

Member Services FAQs

    • ​​How can someone verify my credentials?
    A letter of credential verification can confirm for you or a third party the information on each credential currently held. You may request this service online at www.nbrc.org (under the 'Credentialed Practitioners' link) or submit a written request including the following information:
    • Name
    • Social Security Number
    • Current mailing address
    • Address the letter of verification should be mailed
    • Payment in the form of a check, money order or credit card number with expiration date (active status rate: $5.00, inactive status rate: $20.00)
    Allow 7-10 days for processing mailed requests and two days for online requests.​
    • ​Why do I need to maintain active status?

    ​Keeping your status active helps the NBRC work for uniform licensure and support the development of examinations that uphold the standards of the respiratory care profession. In addition to the discounts for products, credential verification services and access to the NBRC Horizons newsletter, maintaining a continuous, active status ensures that no fee will be required for compliance with the Continuing Competency Program (CCP).​

    • ​What are the fees for NBRC products and services?
    Service Fees:

    Item Active Members Inactive Members
    Credential Verification $5 $20
    Lapel Pins $40 $60
    Uniform Patches $3
    6 for $15
    $7.50
    Replacement Wallet Cards $5 $15
    Duplicate Score Reports $25 $25
    Replacement Certificates $10 $30
    Annual Renewal $25 $25
    Recredentialing Examinations:
    TMC $75 $150
    CSE $125 $200
    Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty $75 $220
    CPFT $75 $170
    RPFT $75 $220
    • ​When does my active status expire?
    Annual renewal is based on calendar year (January 1 - December 31). Credentialed practitioners should renew their active status by December 31 each year. This expiration is separate from your credential expiration.​
    • How do I order NBRC products and services?​
    You must have an account and password before you can log in to order products and services. If you have not set up an account, click the "First Time User" link to create your account. If you have already created an account, select the "Credentialed Practitioners" link from our home page and enter the email address and password you set up for your account. ​
    • ​How do I order a replacement certificate?
    The NBRC does not provide multiple copies of certificates, so we require that you provide us with the following to obtain a replacement certificate:
    • A notarized statement indicating your original certificate was lost or destroyed.
    • A request for replacement providing your full name, contact information, and social security number.
    • A payment in the required amount ($10 for active practitioners, $30 for inactive practitioners)
    This original letter and documentation must be mailed to the NBRC Executive Office, 18000 W. 105th Street, Olathe, KS 66061-7543.​
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Annual Renewa​l FAQs

    • How do I renew my annual active status?​

    You may renew your active status by returning your completed annual renewal form along with payment to our office, or you may renew online through direct link provided on our website.​
    • How long does my annual status last?​

    As a credentialed practitioner, you renew your active status period for one year. The annual renewal period expiration is December 31 of each year. For more details on renewing your active status, please contact our office.​
    • ​When do you send out Annual Renewal information?

    Annual Renewal information is sent out in October of each year, and a second notice is sent in February. You may renew online through our website, www.nbrc.org.​
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CPFT Credential FAQs

    • ​Are the 2017 ERS/ATS DLCO guidelines incorporated into the examination yet?

    ​Not entirely. Unless the 2017 guidelines are specifically referenced by an item, all items about DLCO on the PFT credentialing test will continue to follow the 2005 guidelines.

    • ​What changes were made to the CPFT and RPFT Examination programs in 2015?​

    The CPFT and RPFT credentialing programs transitioned to a one‐examination, two‐cut scores examination in June 2015. The new examination for pulmonary function technologists contains 115 multiple‐choice (100 scored, 15 pretest), four‐option items, which candidates take within a two‐ hour time limit.

    • ​​What is the rationale for changes to CPFT and RPFT Examinations?

    A recent assessment of overlapping content between examinations for the CPFT and RPFT programs revealed a very similar result as had been observed when the same kind of assessment was made for CRT and RRT programs three years ago. Among tasks that the 2006 CPFT and RPFT job analyses had found were critical to assess in examinations, more than 95% of tasks were critical for both the CPFT and RPFT programs. In other words, the vast majority of content that was critical to the assessment of RPFT competencies also were critical to assessments of CPFT competencies. NBRC trustees interpreted this result as evidence of sufficient convergence between what had been more strongly distinct roles for persons holding the CPFT and RPFT credentials in the past.

    • What is the application process?​

    You may apply online using the "Submit Application" link located on each examination page or submit a completed paper application and appropriate fee when the admission requirements are satisfied. If mailing your application, the NBRC recommends using certified mail or a certificate of mailing and keeping your receipt as proof that your application was sent to the NBRC. Ineligible applications submitted to the NBRC will be returned less a $50.00 processing fee.​
    • ​What are the examination fees?

    The PFT Examination costs $200 for new applicants and $170 for repeat applicants.

    • Can I schedule my examination online?​

    If you are already approved to take an NBRC examination and all fees are paid, you may schedule online from the NBRC website or from the testing agency's website, www.goAMP.com.​
    • ​When are NBRC examinations administered?

    NBRC examinations are administered by computer on a daily basis (Monday - Saturday) at over 170 Assessment Centers across the country. A complete list can be found here.​
    • ​How long does it take to process my application?

    If applying and paying by credit card online, your application is processed immediately. If mailing your application and fee to the NBRC, your application will be processed within approximately two weeks after receipt by the NBRC. A confirmation notice of your eligibility will be sent to you. If your eligibility cannot be confirmed, a letter explaining the information that is still needed will be sent to you.​
    • ​When is the application deadline?

    There are no application deadlines and if you meet the admissions requirements for an examination you may submit your application and fee at any time. Your application may be submitted online or can be downloaded and printed from this website.​
    • What information does the confirmation of eligibility notice contain?​

    The confirmation notice contains a website address and toll-free telephone number for you to contact the NBRC to schedule an examination appointment. Appointments may be scheduled a minimum of three days prior to the desired testing date. Note: Examinations will not be offered on nationally recognized holidays.​
    • ​What if I do not receive a confirmation of eligibility in the mail?

    If you do not receive a confirmation of eligibility or an incomplete notice from the NRBC within four weeks after mailing your application, contact the NBRC. If your application is not on file, you will be asked to send a replacement application form and fee.​
    • ​Are Self‐Assessment Examinations available?

    The SelfAssessment Examination is available now for the PFT Examination.

    • ​Are practice tests available?

    Free practice examinations are available to candidates at no charge to familiarize themselves with the content and types of questions that will be included on the regular exams. The free PFT practice examination is available now on our website.

    • ​How many questions are on the PFT Examination?

    ​115 multiple‐choice questions will be presented on the examination, 100 scored items and 15 pretest questions. All NBRC multiple‐choice examinations contain questions that are being pretested for use in future versions of the examinations.
    • ​How long is the PFT Examination?

    ​The testing time for the PFT Examination is 2 hours.

    • ​What do the cut scores mean?

    There will be two established cut scores for the PFT Examination. If a candidate achieves the lower cut score, they will earn the CPFT credential. If a candidate achieves the higher cut score, they will earn the RPFT credential.

    • ​What are the admission requirements for the PFT Examination?

    1. Applicants shall be 18 years of age or older.
    2. Applicants shall satisfy ONE of the following:
    • Have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or 2) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and graduated on or before November 11, 2009.
    OR
    • Be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialed by the NBRC.
    OR
    • Complete 62 semester hours of college credit from a college or university accredited by its regional association or its equivalent, including college credit level courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics. A minimum of six months of clinical experience in the field of pulmonary function technology is also required prior to applying for the examination.
    OR
    • Be a Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) credentialed by the NBRC.
    • ​I have already earned the CPFT credential but not the RPFT credential. What do I do now?

    Any candidate who wishes to earn the RPFT credential will need to take the PFT Examination and pass at the higher cut score.

    • ​If I currently hold the CPFT credential and score below the lower cut on the PFT Examination, will I lose my CPFT credential?​

    No. You can retake the PFT Examination as many times as necessary to earn the RPFT credential without impacting the status of your current CPFT credential.

    • ​How will the examination changes affect the Continuing Competency Program?​​

    All credentials earned on or after July 1, 2002 are subject to recertification. The NBRC strongly supports continued competency for the practitioners it certifies by requiring recertification every five years. Practitioners that earn the CPFT and/or RPFT credentials after 2015 will still be required to demonstrate their continued competence through the NBRC's Continuing Competency Program (CCP). Practitioners can also retake and pass the respective examination for the highest credential held that is subject to the CCP. If that credential is the RPFT credential, individuals will need to retake and pass the PFT Examination at the higher cut score to recertify their RPFT credential.

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CRT Credential FAQs

    • ​What changes were made to the CRT examination in 2015?

    ​The name of the examination that candidates take for Certification changed from the Entry Level CRT Examination to the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination in January 2015. Candidates seeking the CRT credential continue to take a multiple-choice examination that contains 160 items within a three-hour period. Twenty (20) of those items are being pretested for potential use on future examinations while responses to 140 items will count toward candidates’ scores. Each of these elements are the same as they have been since the year 2000. The examination fee from the year 2000 remains as well.​

    • ​What are the admission requirements for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC)?

    ​1. Applicants shall be 18 years of age or older

    2. Applicants shall satisfy ONE of the following requirements:

    • Applicants shall be a graduate and have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or 2) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and graduated on or before November 11, 2009.

    OR

    • Applicants shall hold the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) RRT credential.

    OR

    • Applicants enrolled in an accredited respiratory therapy program in an institution offering a baccalaureate degree may be admitted to the CRT Examination with a "special certificate of completion" issued by a sponsoring educational institution. The CoARC will authorize such institutions to issue the "special certificate of completion" at the advanced-level following completion of the science, general academic and respiratory therapy coursework commensurate with the requirements for accreditation.  NOTE:  Applicants applying via this admission route must APPLY AND TEST by December 31, 2015.  This admission route will no longer be offered after this date.
    • ​​What content will be included on the Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination?

    ​A Detailed Content Outline of the Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination is available here.

    • ​What are the examination fees?​

    ​The Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination costs $190 for new applicants and $150 for repeat applicants.

    • How long is the ​examination?

    ​The testing time for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination is 3 hours.

    • ​What is the application process?

    You may apply online using the "Submit Application" link located on each examination page or submit a completed paper application and appropriate fee when the admission requirements are satisfied. If mailing your application, the NBRC recommends using certified mail or a certificate of mailing and keeping your receipt as proof that your application was sent to the NBRC. Ineligible applications submitted to the NBRC will be returned less a $50.00 processing fee.​
    • How long does it take to process my application?​

    If applying and paying by credit card online, your application is processed immediately. If mailing your application and fee to the NBRC, your application will be processed within approximately two weeks after receipt by the NBRC. A confirmation notice of your eligibility will be sent to you. If your eligibility cannot be confirmed, a letter explaining the information that is still needed will be sent to you.​
    • Can I schedule my examination online?​

    If you are already approved to take an NBRC examination and all fees are paid, you may schedule online from the NBRC website or from the testing agency's website, www.goAMP.com.​
    • ​When are NBRC examinations administered?

    NBRC examinations are administered by computer on a daily basis (Monday - Saturday) at over 190 Assessment Centers across the country. A complete list can be found here.​
    • ​What information does the confirmation of eligibility notice contain?

    The confirmation notice contains a website address and toll-free telephone number for you to contact the NBRC to schedule an examination appointment. Appointments may be scheduled a minimum of three days prior to the desired testing date. Note: Examinations will not be offered on nationally recognized holidays.​
    • ​What if I do not receive a confirmation of eligibility in the mail?

    If you do not receive a confirmation of eligibility or an incomplete notice from the NRBC within four weeks after mailing your application, contact the NBRC. If your application is not on file, you will be asked to send a replacement application form and fee.​
    • ​Are practice tests available?

    ​Free practice examinations are available to candidates at no charge to familiarize themselves with the content and types of questions that will be included on the regular exams. The Therapist Multiple-Choice practice examination is available now on our website.

    • ​Are Self-Assessment Examinations available?

    ​​There are two forms of the Self-Assessment Examination for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination and a Secure Self-Assessment Examination available only to program directors of accredited Respiratory Therapy programs. 

    To access all Self-Assessment Examinations, click here.

    • ​What do the cut scores mean?

    ​There will be two established cut scores for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination. If a candidate achieves the lower cut score, they will earn the CRT credential. If a candidate achieves the higher cut score, they will earn the CRT credential AND become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination (provided that those eligibility requirements are met and the candidate is eligible to earn the RRT credential).​

    The NBRC does not publish cut scores for any examination.  Candidates will receive information about their score after completing the examination.

    • ​How will the examination changes affect the Continuing Competency Program?

    ​All credentials earned on or after July 1, 2002 are subject to recertification. The NBRC strongly supports continued competency for the practitioners it certifies by requiring recertification every five years. Practitioners that earn the CRT and/or RRT credentials after 2015 will still be required to demonstrate their continued competence through the NBRC's Continuing Competency Program (CCP). Practitioners can also retake and pass the respective examination for the highest credential held that is subject to the CCP. If that credential is the RRT credential, individuals will need to retake and pass the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination at the higher cut score and then retake and pass the Clinical Simulation Examination to recertify their RRT credential.​

    • Can I qualify to take the TMC Examination with foreign education?​

    Foreign respiratory therapy education does not allow you to qualify for admission to the TMC Examination. You must have a minimum of an associate degree from an accredited respiratory therapy education program. For a list of accredited education programs, please visit the CoARC website at www.coarc.com.​
    • ​Does passing the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination at the higher cut score automatically mean I’m eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination?​

    ​No. All Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of examination scores.​

    • ​If I currently hold the CRT credential and score below the lower cut score on the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination, will I lose my CRT credential?

    ​No. You can retake the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination as many times as necessary to regain RRT eligibility or to become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination without impacting the status of your current CRT credential.​

    • ​What do I need to know about tidal volume settings for the examination?

    ​​Examination candidates seeking guidance regarding tidal volume settings, please click here.

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Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty Credential FAQs

    • Can I schedule my examination online?​

    If you are already approved to take an NBRC examination and all fees are paid, you may schedule online from the NBRC website or from the testing agency's website, www.goAMP.com.​
    • What is the application process?​

    You may apply online using the "Submit Application" link located on each examination page or submit a completed paper application and appropriate fee when the admission requirements are satisfied. If mailing your application, the NBRC recommends using certified mail or a certificate of mailing and keeping your receipt as proof that your application was sent to the NBRC. Ineligible applications submitted to the NBRC will be returned less a $50.00 processing fee.​
    • ​What are the examination fees?

    ​The Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty Examination costs $250 for new applicants and $220 for reapplicants.

    • When are NBRC examinations administered?​

    NBRC examinations are administered by computer on a daily basis (Monday - Saturday) at over 170 Assessment Centers across the country. A complete list can be found here.​
    • When is the application deadline?​

    There are no application deadlines and if you meet the admissions requirements for an examination you may submit your application and fee at any time. Your application may be submitted online or can be downloaded and printed from this website.​
    • How long does it take to process my application?​

    If applying and paying by credit card online, your application is processed immediately. If mailing your application and fee to the NBRC, your application will be processed within approximately two weeks after receipt by the NBRC. A confirmation notice of your eligibility will be sent to you. If your eligibility cannot be confirmed, a letter explaining the information that is still needed will be sent to you.​
    • What information does the confirmation of eligibility notice contain?​

    The confirmation notice contains a website address and toll-free telephone number for you to contact the NBRC to schedule an examination appointment. Appointments may be scheduled a minimum of three days prior to the desired testing date. Note: Examinations will not be offered on nationally recognized holidays.​
    • What if I do not receive a confirmation of eligibility in the mail?​

    If you do not receive a confirmation of eligibility or an incomplete notice from the NRBC within four weeks after mailing your application, contact the NBRC. If your application is not on file, you will be asked to send a replacement application form and fee.​
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RPFT Credential FAQs

    • ​Are the 2017 ERS/ATS DLCO guidelines incorporated into the examination yet?

    Not entirely. Unless the 2017 guidelines are specifically referenced by an item, all items about DLCO on the PFT credentialing test will continue to follow the 2005 guidelines.​

    • ​What changes were made to the CPFT and RPFT Examination programs in 2015?

    The CPFT and RPFT credentialing programs transitioned to a one‐examination, two‐cut scores examination in June 2015. The new examination for pulmonary function technologists contains 115 multiple‐choice (100 scored, 15 pretest), four‐option items, which candidates take within a two‐ hour time limit.

    • ​What is the rationale for changes to CPFT and RPFT Examinations?

    ​​A recent assessment of overlapping content between examinations for the CPFT and RPFT programs revealed a very similar result as had been observed when the same kind of assessment was made for CRT and RRT programs three years ago. Among tasks that the 2006 CPFT and RPFT job analyses had found were critical to assess in examinations, more than 95% of tasks were critical for both the CPFT and RPFT programs. In other words, the vast majority of content that was critical to the assessment of RPFT competencies also were critical to assessments of CPFT competencies. NBRC trustees interpreted this result as evidence of sufficient convergence between what had been more strongly distinct roles for persons holding the CPFT and RPFT credentials in the past.

    • ​What are the examination fees?

    The PFT Examination costs $200 for new applicants and $170 for repeat applicants.

    • What is the application process?​

    You may apply online using the "Submit Application" link located on each examination page or submit a completed paper application and appropriate fee when the admission requirements are satisfied. If mailing your application, the NBRC recommends using certified mail or a certificate of mailing and keeping your receipt as proof that your application was sent to the NBRC. Ineligible applications submitted to the NBRC will be returned less a $50.00 processing fee.​
    • Can I schedule my examination online?​

    If you are already approved to take an NBRC examination and all fees are paid, you may schedule online from the NBRC website or from the testing agency's website, www.goAMP.com.​
    • When are NBRC examinations administered?​

    NBRC examinations are administered by computer on a daily basis (Monday - Saturday) at over 190 Assessment Centers across the country. A complete list can be found here.​
    • When is the application deadline?​

    There are no application deadlines and if you meet the admissions requirements for an examination you may submit your application and fee at any time. Your application may be submitted online or can be downloaded and printed from this website.​
    • How long does it take to process my application?​

    If applying and paying by credit card online, your application is processed immediately. If mailing your application and fee to the NBRC, your application will be processed within approximately two weeks after receipt by the NBRC. A confirmation notice of your eligibility will be sent to you. If your eligibility cannot be confirmed, a letter explaining the information that is still needed will be sent to you.​
    • What information does the confirmation of eligibility notice contain?​

    The confirmation notice contains a website address and toll-free telephone number for you to contact the NBRC to schedule an examination appointment. Appointments may be scheduled a minimum of three days prior to the desired testing date. Note: Examinations will not be offered on nationally recognized holidays.​
    • What if I do not receive a confirmation of eligibility in the mail?​

    If you do not receive a confirmation of eligibility or an incomplete notice from the NRBC within four weeks after mailing your application, contact the NBRC. If your application is not on file, you will be asked to send a replacement application form and fee.​
    • ​How long are the new examinations?​

    ​The testing time for the PFT Examination is 2 hours.

    • ​​How many questions are on the PFT Examination?

    ​115 multiple‐choice questions will be presented on the examination, 100 scored items and 15 pretest questions. All NBRC multiple‐choice examinations contain questions that are being pretested for use in future versions of the examinations.

    • ​What do the cut scores mean?

    ​​There will be two established cut scores for the PFT Examination. If a candidate achieves the lower cut score, they will earn the CPFT credential. If a candidate achieves the higher cut score, they will earn the RPFT credential.

    • ​What are the admission requirements for the PFT Examination?

    1. Applicants shall be 18 years of age or older.
    2. Applicants shall satisfy ONE of the following:
    • Have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or 2) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and graduated on or before November 11, 2009.
    OR
    • Be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialed by the NBRC.
    OR
    • Complete 62 semester hours of college credit from a college or university accredited by its regional association or its equivalent, including college credit level courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics. A minimum of six months of clinical experience in the field of pulmonary function technology is also required prior to applying for the examination.
    OR
    • Be a Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) credentialed by the NBRC.
    • Are Self‐Assessment Examinations available?

    ​​The SelfAssessment Examination is available now for the PFT Examination.

    • ​Are practice tests available?

    ​​Free practice examinations are available to candidates at no charge to familiarize themselves with the content and types of questions that will be included on the regular exams. The free PFT practice examination is available now on our website.

    • ​I have already earned the CPFT credential but not the RPFT credential. What do I do now?

    Any candidate who wishes to earn the RPFT credential will need to take the PFT Examination and pass at the higher cut score.

    • ​If I currently hold the CPFT credential and score below the lower cut on the PFT Examination, will I lose my CPFT credential?​

    No. You can retake the PFT Examination as many times as necessary to earn the RPFT credential without impacting the status of your current CPFT credential.

    • ​How will the examination changes affect the Continuing Competency Program?​​

    ​​​All credentials earned on or after July 1, 2002 are subject to recertification. The NBRC strongly supports continued competency for the practitioners it certifies by requiring recertification every five years. Practitioners that earn the CPFT and/or RPFT credentials after 2015 will still be required to demonstrate their continued competence through the NBRC's Continuing Competency Program (CCP). Practitioners can also retake and pass the respective examination for the highest credential held that is subject to the CCP. If that credential is the RPFT credential, individuals will need to retake and pass the PFT Examination at the higher cut score to recertify their RPFT credential.

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RRT Credential FAQs

    • ​What changes were made to the RRT Examination program in 2015?

    ​Candidates become eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Examination by achieving the high cut score on the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination. The passing point associated with RRT eligibility is higher than the passing point associated with the CRT credential.

    Elements of the RRT program, which includes elements of the CRT program, change as summarized in the following table:

    RRT Program Elements Number
    Currently Starting in 2015
    Hours of testing time 9
    Entry Level CRT=3
    Written RRT=2
    Clinical Simulation=4
    7
    Therapist Multiple-Choice=3
    Clinical Simulation=4
    Examinations 3
    Entry Level CRT
    Written RRT
    Clinical Simulation
    2
    Therapist Multiple-Choice
    Clinical Simulation
    Testing sessions for a candidate who passes on the first attempt 3
    Entry Level CRT
    Written RRT
    Clinical Simulation
    2
    Therapist Multiple-Choice
    Clinical Simulation
    Sets of test scores 4
    Entry Level CRT
    Written RRT
    Clinical Simulation IG
    Clinical Simulation DM
    2
    Therapist Multiple-Choice
    Clinical Simulation
    Passing points 4
    Entry Level CRT=1
    Written RRT=1
    Clinical Simulation=2
    3
    Therapist Multiple-Choice=2
    Clinical Simulation=1
    Multiple-choice items to assess competencies broadly 240
    Entry Level CRT=140
    Written RRT=100
    140
    Therapist Multiple-Choice =140
    Patient management problems to assess competencies deeply 10 20
    Typical length of a patient management problem 10 (8-12) 5 (4-6)

    Starting in January of 2015, each therapist who achieves the RRT credential by passing each requirement on his or her first attempt will experience one less examination and testing session, two less hours of testing time, two less sets of test scores, and one less passing point. Persons who move through the program requirements in this way will save the $190 fee that has been associated with the Written RRT Examination in the past.

    Candidates who choose to take the Clinical Simulation Examination will respond to 22 problems instead of 11 problems, but each problem will contain half the number of sections. Hence, candidates will continue to have 4 hours to respond to the problems within the Clinical Simulation Examination. Two of the 22 problems are being pretested for the future, which means that responses to 20 problems will count toward candidates’ scores.

     

    • ​What are the admission requirements for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC)?

    1. Applicants shall be 18 years of age or older
    2. Applicants shall satisfy ONE of the following requirements:
      1. Applicants shall be a graduate and have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program 1) supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or 2) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and graduated on or before November 11, 2009.
      2. Applicants shall hold the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) RRT credential.
      3. Applicants enrolled in an accredited respiratory therapy program in an institution offering a baccalaureate degree may be admitted to the CRT Examination with a "special certificate of completion" issued by a sponsoring educational institution. The CoARC will authorize such institutions to issue the "special certificate of completion" at the advanced-level following completion of the science, general academic and respiratory therapy coursework commensurate with the requirements for accreditation.  NOTE:  Applicants applying via this admission route must APPLY AND TEST by December 31, 2015.  This admission route will no longer be offered after this date.
    ​​
    • What are the admission requirements for the new Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE)?

    1.     Applicants shall satisfy ONE of the following requirements:
    a.     Applicants shall be a CRT and have successfully completed the Therapist Written Examination (WRRT) on or before December 31, 2014
    b.     Applicants shall be a CRT and have successfully completed the TMC Examination by achieving the higher cut score on or after January 2015.
    • ​What content will be included on the examinations?

    ​A Detailed Content Outline of the Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination is available here.

    A Detailed Content Outline of the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) is available here.
    • ​What are the examination fees?

    ​The Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination costs $190 for new applicants and $150 for repeat applicants. The Clinical Simulation Examination costs $200 for both new and repeat applicants.​

    • ​How long are the examinations?

    ​The testing time for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination is 3 hours. The testing time for the Clinical Simulation Examination is 4 hours.​

    • What is the application process?​

    You may apply online using the "Submit Application" link located on each examination page or submit a completed paper application and appropriate fee when the admission requirements are satisfied. If mailing your application, the NBRC recommends using certified mail or a certificate of mailing and keeping your receipt as proof that your application was sent to the NBRC. Ineligible applications submitted to the NBRC will be returned less a $50.00 processing fee.​
    • How long does it take to process my application?​

    If applying and paying by credit card online, your application is processed immediately. If mailing your application and fee to the NBRC, your application will be processed within approximately two weeks after receipt by the NBRC. A confirmation notice of your eligibility will be sent to you. If your eligibility cannot be confirmed, a letter explaining the information that is still needed will be sent to you.​
    • Can I schedule my examination online?​

    If you are already approved to take an NBRC examination and all fees are paid, you may schedule online from the NBRC website or from the testing agency's website, www.goAMP.com.​
    • When are NBRC examinations administered?​

    NBRC examinations are administered by computer on a daily basis (Monday - Saturday) at over 170 Assessment Centers across the country. A complete list can be found here.​
    • If I am applying for the RRT Examination under the CRT-to-Registry Provision, how do I know I have taken all the courses I need?​

    The NBRC offers the service of conducting a CRT-to-Registry transcript evaluation, which is provided at no charge. To request a CRT-to-Registry evaluation, submit a copy of your college transcripts with a completed CRT-to-Registry evaluation checklist to the NBRC Executive Office requesting that your eligibility for the RRT credential be evaluated. Do not submit an application or fee since you are requesting only an evaluation of your eligibility. Please allow approximately three weeks for a response to your request.

    Please note that an evaluation request with no transcript information attached may result in significantly delayed response.​
    • What information does the confirmation of eligibility notice contain?​

    The confirmation notice contains a website address and toll-free telephone number for you to contact the NBRC to schedule an examination appointment. Appointments may be scheduled a minimum of three days prior to the desired testing date. Note: Examinations will not be offered on nationally recognized holidays.​
    • What if I do not receive a confirmation of eligibility in the mail?​

    If you do not receive a confirmation of eligibility or an incomplete notice from the NRBC within four weeks after mailing your application, contact the NBRC. If your application is not on file, you will be asked to send a replacement application form and fee.​
    • ​Are practice tests available?​

    ​Free practice examinations are available to candidates at no charge to familiarize themselves with the content and types of questions that will be included on the regular exams. The free Therapist Multiple-Choice and Clinical Simulation practice examinations are available on our website.

    • ​Are Self-Assessment Examinations available?​

    ​There are two forms of the Self-Assessment Examination for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination and a Secure Self-Assessment Examination available only to program directors of accredited Respiratory Therapy programs. 

    There are two forms of the Clinical Simulation Self-Assessment Examination and a Secure Self-Assessment Examination for the Clinical Simulation Examination available only to program directors of accredited Respiratory Therapy programs.​

    To access all Self-Assessment Examinations, click here.

    • What do the cut scores mean?​

    ​There will be two established cut scores for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination. If a candidate achieves the lower cut score, they will earn the CRT credential. If a candidate achieves the higher cut score, they will earn the CRT credential AND become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination (provided that those eligibility requirements are met and the candidate is eligible to earn the RRT credential).​

    The NBRC does not publish cut scores for any examination.  Candidates will receive information about their score after completing the examination.
    • What happens if I am subject to the RRT Three-Year Eligibility Time Limit, and I don't earn my RRT credential before the deadline?​

    Individuals who do not earn the RRT credential within the time limit will be required to retake and pass the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination at the CRT cut score to regain eligibility, and any previous passing performance to earn the RRT credential shall be nullified. After regaining eligibility by taking and passing the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination at the CRT cut score, the candidate will have another three years to earn the RRT credential. If the candidate achieves the higher cut score on the first attempt, they will receive an additional three years to pass the Clinical Simulation Examination to earn the RRT credential.​
    • Can I still apply via the CRT to Registry Provision?

    Applicants shall satisfy ONE of the following requirements:

    • Be a CRT for at least four years prior to applying for the Registry Examination. In addition, the applicants shall have at least 62 hours of college credit from a college or university accredited by its regional association or its equivalent. The 62 semester hours of college credit must include the following courses: anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, physics, and mathematics.
    • Be a CRT for at least two years prior to applying for the Registry Examination.  In addition, the applicant shall have earned a minimum of an associate degree from an accredited entry-level respiratory therapy education program.
    • Be a CRT for at least two years prior to applying for the Registry Examination.  In addition, the applicant shall have earned a baccalaureate degree in an area other than respiratory care and shall have at least 62 semester hours of college credit from a college or university accredited by its regional association or equivalent.  The 62 semester hours of college credit must include the following courses: anatomy and physiology, chemistry, mathematics, microbiology, and physics.
    • ​I have already passed one portion of the current RRT Examination. What do I do now?

    ​Any candidate who has already passed the Written Registry portion of the RRT Examination will be eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination. Candidates who have passed the Clinical Simulation Examination but not the Written Registry Examination will need to take the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination and pass at the higher cut score to earn the RRT credential.​

    • ​I passed the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination at the higher cut score, but am not eligible for the RRT. What do I do now?​

    ​Candidates who achieve the higher cut score on the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination but are ineligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination at the time of testing, have five years from that date to use that passing score and meet the necessary requirements to become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination.​

    • ​I have earned my CRT but I have not yet attempted either portion of the RRT Examination. What do I do now?

    ​Practitioners who have earned the CRT credential and are eligible for the RRT will need to take the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination and pass at the higher cut score to be able to continue on to take and pass the Clinical Simulation Examination to earn the RRT credential.

    • ​Does passing the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination at the higher cut score automatically mean I’m eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination?​

    ​No. All Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of examination scores.​

    • ​​If I currently hold the CRT credential and score below the lower cut on the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination, will I lose my CRT credential?

    ​No. You can retake the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination as many times as necessary to regain RRT eligibility or to become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination without impacting the status of your current CRT credential.​

    • ​How will the examination changes affect the Continuing Competency Program?​

    ​All credentials earned on or after July 1, 2002 are subject to recertification. The NBRC strongly supports continued competency for the practitioners it certifies by requiring recertification every five years. Practitioners that earn the CRT and RRT credentials after 2015 will still be required to demonstrate their continued competence through the NBRC's Continuing Competency Program (CCP). Practitioners can also retake and pass the respective examination for the highest credential held that is subject to the CCP. If that credential is the RRT credential, individuals will need to retake and pass the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination at the higher cut score and then retake and pass the Clinical Simulation Examination to recertify their RRT credential.​

    • ​What do I need to know about tidal volume settings for the examination?

    ​Examination candidates seeking guidance regarding tidal volume settings, please click here.

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Sleep Disorders Specialty Credential FAQs

    • Can I schedule my examination online?​

    Yes, if you are already approved to take an NBRC examination and all fees are paid, you may schedule online from the NBRC website or from the testing agency's website, www.goAMP.com.​
    • What is the application process?​

    You may apply online using the "Submit Application" link located on each examination page or complete and submit a paper application and appropriate fee when the admission requirements are satisfied. if mailing your application, the NBRC recommends using certified mail or a certificate of mailing and keeping your receipt as proof that your application was sent to the NBRC. Ineligible applications submitted to the NBRC will be returned less a $50.00 processing fee.​
    • ​What are the examination fees?

    ​The Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination costs $300 for new applicants and $250 for reapplicants.

    • What guidelines were followed when examination items about scoring of sleep results were developed?​

    The AASM Manual for Sleep Scoring, dated 2007.​
    • What does the examination cover?​

    Candidates for this examination have already demonstrated their minimal competencies in some areas used when diagnosing and treating patients with sleep disorders. The examination concentrates on those competences that are unique to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sleep disorders. It will not include items about general respiratory care.​
    • When was the examination first offered?​

    NBRC partnered with AARC to offer the first examination during their International Congress on December 15, 2008. We offered the examination via mobile computer-based testing units to interested candidates at that time.​
    • How long does it take to process my application?​

    If applying and paying by credit card online, your application is processed immediately. If mailing your application and fee to the NBRC, your application will be processed within approximately two weeks after receipt by the NBRC. A confirmation notice of your eligibility will be sent to you. If your eligibility cannot be confirmed, a letter explaining the information that is still needed will be sent to you.​
    • What information does the confirmation of eligibility notice contain?​

    The confirmation notice contains a website address and toll-free telephone number for you to contact the NBRC to schedule an examination appointment. Appointments may be scheduled a minimum of three days prior to the desired testing date. Note: Examinations will not be offered on nationally recognized holidays.​
    • Is there a practice test available?​

    The NBRC has created a full-length, free practice examination available to candidates at no charge to familiarize themselves with the content and type of questions.​
    • When are NBRC examinations administered?​

    NBRC examinations are administered by computer on a daily basis (Monday - Saturday) at over 170 Assessment Centers across the country. A complete list can be found here.​
    • When is the application deadline?​

    There are no application deadlines and if you meet the admissions requirements for an examination you may submit your application and fee at any time. Your application may be submitted online or can be downloaded and printed from this website.​
    • How is this examination different than a polysomnography examination?​

    The Specialty Examination for Respiratory Therapists Performing Sleep Disorders Testing and Therapeutic Intervention is for respiratory therapists already having earned the CRT or RRT credentials. Content of this specialty examination is focused on sleep focused testing and intervention conducted by respiratory therapists and requires respiratory therapy education for eligibility.​
    • What if I do not receive a confirmation of eligibility in the mail once my application has been submitted?​

    If you do not receive a confirmation of eligibility or an incomplete notice from the NBRC within four weeks after mailing your application, contact the NBRC. If your application is not on file, you will be asked to send a replacement application form and fee.​
    • Why did NBRC create the Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination program?​

    The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) requested that NBRC determine the desirability and feasibility of developing a specialty examination for respiratory therapists performing sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention. After following a long established, five-step process to determine if a new specialty examination for respiratory therapists in this area was warranted and feasible, we discovered that the answer was overwhelmingly yes.​
    • How did NBRC determine the content for the examination?​

    The NBRC conducted a job analysis study to ensure examination content would be job related and based on tasks performed by practitioners in this specialty area. We sent several thousand surveys to individuals who are involved in the delivery of care to patients with sleep disorders to rate the importance of job tasks.​
    • How long does the examination last?​

    Candidates will have four hours to complete the 180-item examination.​
    • Where can I find more information on the new examination?​

    Visit www.nbrc.org and click on the "Examinations" menu item. NBRC constantly updates the Web site to keep the information current.​
    • Why should I earn the CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS credential?​

    The answer is simple - the new specialty examination is unique to your daily tasks as a sleep disorders specialist. It goes above and beyond general activities so you can demonstrate your acquired skill level in an expanding specialty within the field of respiratory care.​
    • When I earn the CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS credential, do I have to recertify?​

    NBRC strongly supports continued competency for the practitioners it certifies by requiring recertification every five years. CRT-SDS and RRT-SDS certificants are no different. They will also be required to demonstrate their continued competence through the NBRC’s Continuing Competency Program (CCP).​
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Adult Critical Care Specialty Credential FAQs

    • ​Can I schedule my examination online?

    Yes. If you are already approved to take an NBRC examination and all fees are paid, you may schedule online from the NBRC website or from the testing agency's website, www.goAMP.com.​
    • What is the application process?​

    You may apply online using the "Submit Application" link located on each examination page or complete and submit a paper application and appropriate fee when the admission requirements are satisfied. If mailing your application, the NBRC recommends using certified mail or a certificate of mailing and keeping your receipt as proof that your application was sent to the NBRC. Ineligible applications submitted to the NBRC will be returned, less a $50.00 processing fee.​
    • When are NBRC examinations administered?​

    NBRC examinations are administered by computer on a daily basis (Monday-Saturday) at over 170 Assessment Centers across the country. A complete list can be found here.​
    • What are the examination fees?​

    The cost for a new applicant is $300. The cost for a repeat applicant is $250.​
    • Why were secondary test specifications included for this examination?​

    There are two sets of secondary test specifications. One set is for items that will engage candidates' thinking about ethics of the situation. The other set is defined by patient condition.

    Addressing content about ethics first, this was a choice that the NBRC made when it decided to develop this specialty examination. Specialists do engage in situations that include ethical elements, so part of producing a relevant examination is mirroring those situations. In contrast to a CRT Examination, which should assess whether a therapist is safe and competent to provide general respiratory care, ethical considerations become a small part of what it means to be recognized as a specialist. To illustrate the difference, consider whether a candidate who incorrectly answered an ethics item should fail to become a CRT and access the gateway to licensure. The NBRC has concluded that the answer to that question is "no" at this point since the focus should be on safety as people enter practice. Conversely, when asked whether someone should fail to achieve a specialty credential because of performances on ethics items, the answer is "yes."

    Because the ACCS Examination is a specialty examination, it is more strongly oriented to clinical situations and oriented less toward the technical elements of respiratory care. Without secondary specification, the NBRC knew there was a risk to standardized testing by unknowingly letting one test form emphasize one type of patient condition too much or differently than another test form. For example, one test form could have five items about patients with congestive heart failure while another form might not include any. Therefore, secondary specifications are critical to aligning examination content with activities of specialists and standardizing test forms among candidates.​
    • When is the application deadline?​

    There are no application deadlines. If you meet the admissions requirements for an examination, you may submit your application and fee at any time. Your application may be submitted online or can be downloaded and printed from this website.​
    • When I earn the RRT-ACCS credential, do I have to recertify?​

    Yes. All credentials earned on or after July 1, 2002 must be recertified. The NBRC strongly supports continued competency for the practitioners it certifies by requiring recertification every five years. The RRT-ACCS certificants will be no different and will be required to demonstrate their continued competence through the NBRC's Continuing Competency Program (CCP).​
    • What information does the confirmation of eligibility notice contain?​

    The confirmation notice contains a website address and toll-free telephone number for you to contact the NBRC to schedule an examination appointment. Appointments may be scheduled a minimum of three days prior to the desired testing date. Note: Examinations will not be offered on nationally recognized holidays.​
    • How long does it take to process my application?​

    If applying and paying by credit card online, your application will be processed immediately. If mailing your application and fee to the NBRC, your application will be processed within approximately two weeks after receipt by the NBRC. A confirmation notice of your eligibility will be sent to you. If your eligibility cannot be confirmed, a letter explaining the information that is still needed will be sent to you.​
    • How did the NBRC determine content for the examination?​

    The NBRC conducted a job analysis study to ensure the examination content would be job related and based on tasks performed by practitioners in this specialty area. We sent several thousand surveys to individuals who are involved in the delivery of care to patients in the adult critical care setting to rate the importance of job tasks.​
    • Why did the NBRC create the Adult Critical Care Specialty Examination program?​

    The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) requested that the NBRC determine the desirability and feasibility of developing a specialty examination for respiratory therapists working in the adult critical care arena. After following a long established, five-step process to determine if a new specialty examination for adult critical care specialists was warranted and feasible, we discovered the answer was overwhelmingly yes.​
    • Is a practice test available?​

    A free, 50-item practice examination is available to candidates at no charge to familiarize themselves with the content and types of questions that will be included on the regular exam.​
    • ​What does the examination cover?

    Candidates for this examination have already demonstrated advanced knowledge of general respiratory care competencies. This examination concentrates on those competencies that are unique to the adult critical care setting. It will not include items about general respiratory care.​
    • What if I do not receive a confirmation of eligibility in the mail once my application has been submitted?​

    If you do not receive a confirmation of eligibility or an incomplete notice from the NBRC within four weeks after mailing your application, contact the NBRC. If your application is not on file, you will be asked to send a replacement application form and fee.​
    • How long does the examination last?​

    Candidates will have four hours to complete the 170-item examination.​
    • Where can I find more information on the new examination?​

    Visit www.nbrc.org and click on the 'Examinations' tab. The NBRC constantly updates the website to keep the information current.​
    • Why should I earn the RRT-ACCS credential?​

    The new specialty examination is unique to your daily tasks as an adult critical care specialist. It goes above and beyond general activities so you can demonstrate your acquired skill level in an expanding specialty within the field of respiratory care.​
    • Why is the free practice examination shorter than the live examination?​

    The examination committee recommended and the Board accepted production of a one-third-length practice examination so the committee could move on to developing live test forms sooner.

    The practice examination covers the content domains and cognitive level item types in the same proportions as live examinations cover. The same examination committee developed the practice examination and live examinations.

    If someone is assessing whether he or she is ready for the ACCS Examination and concludes that the free practice examination gives them too little information, then there is a self-assessment examination (SAE) that he or she can purchase by following this link. The ACCS SAE is the same length as live examinations and developed by the examination committee. As with other SAEs that are associated with NBRC examinations, each option is explained.

    The NBRC has no plan to develop a full-length free practice examination at this time given the significant resources that have been necessary to develop ACCS examinations to date and in the future.​
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2015 Pulmonary Function Technologist Examination Changes FAQs

    • ​What changes are being made to the CPFT and RPFT Examination programs in 2015?​

    The CPFT and RPFT credentialing programs will transition to a one‐examination, two‐cut scores examination in June 2015. The new examination for pulmonary function technologists will contain 115 multiple‐choice (100 scored, 15 pretest), four‐option items, which candidates will take within a two‐ hour time limit.

    • ​What is the rationale for changes to CPFT and RPFT Examinations?​

    A recent assessment of overlapping content between examinations for the CPFT and RPFT programs revealed a very similar result as had been observed when the same kind of assessment was made for CRT and RRT programs three years ago. Among tasks that the 2006 CPFT and RPFT job analyses had found were critical to assess in examinations, more than 95% of tasks were critical for both the CPFT and RPFT programs. In other words, the vast majority of content that was critical to the assessment of RPFT competencies also were critical to assessments of CPFT competencies. NBRC trustees interpreted this result as evidence of sufficient convergence between what had been more strongly distinct roles for persons holding the CPFT and RPFT credentials in the past.

    • ​When will the new examinations be available?

    June 15, 2015

    • ​What are the examination fees?

    The PFT Examination will cost $200 for new applicants and $170 for repeat applicants.

    • ​Are Self‐Assessment Examinations available?

    The SelfAssessment Examination is available now for the PFT Examination.

    • ​Are practice tests available?

    Free practice examinations are available to candidates at no charge to familiarize themselves with the content and types of questions that will be included on the regular exams. The free PFT practice examination is available now on our website.

    • ​How many questions are on the PFT Examination?

    ​115 multiple‐choice questions will be presented on the examination, 100 scored items and 15 pretest questions. All NBRC multiple‐choice examinations contain questions that are being pretested for use in future versions of the examinations.

    • ​How long are the new examinations?​

    ​The testing time for the PFT Examination is 2 hours.

    • ​What do the cut scores mean?

    There will be two established cut scores for the PFT Examination. If a candidate achieves the lower cut score, they will earn the CPFT credential. If a candidate achieves the higher cut score, they will earn the RPFT credential.

    • ​When is the last opportunity to apply to take the current CPFT and RPFT Examinations?

    The last date applications will be accepted for the current examination is April 30, 2015. These applicants must schedule testing appointments by May 31, 2015. Applications received on or after May 1, 2015 will be processed for the new examination with an eligibility start date of June 15, 2015.

    • ​What are the admission requirements for the PFT Examination?

    1. Applicants shall be 18 years of age or older.
    2. Applicants shall satisfy ONE of the following:
    • Have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or 2) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and graduated on or before November 11, 2009.
    OR
    • Be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialed by the NBRC.
    OR
    • Complete 62 semester hours of college credit from a college or university accredited by its regional association or its equivalent, including college credit level courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics. A minimum of six months of clinical experience in the field of pulmonary function technology is also required prior to applying for the examination.
    OR
    • Be a Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) credentialed by the NBRC.
    • ​I have already earned the CPFT credential but not the RPFT credential. What do I do now?

    Any candidate who wishes to earn the RPFT credential will need to take the PFT Examination and pass at the higher cut score.

    • ​How will the examination changes affect the Continuing Competency Program?​​

    ​​All credentials earned on or after July 1, 2002 are subject to recertification. The NBRC strongly supports continued competency for the practitioners it certifies by requiring recertification every five years. Practitioners that earn the CPFT and/or RPFT credentials after 2015 will still be required to demonstrate their continued competence through the NBRC's Continuing Competency Program (CCP). Practitioners can also retake and pass the respective examination for the highest credential held that is subject to the CCP. If that credential is the RPFT credential, individuals will need to retake and pass the PFT Examination at the higher cut score to recertify their RPFT credential.

    • ​​What is the application process for the new examinations?​

    ​​Starting June 15, 2015, you may apply online using the 'Submit Application' link located on each examination page or complete and submit a paper application and appropriate fee when the admission requirements are satisfied. If mailing your application, the NBRC recommends using certified mail or a certificate of mailing and keeping your receipt as proof that your application was sent to the NBRC. Ineligible applications submitted to the NBRC will be returned, less a $50.00 processing fee.

    • ​If I currently hold the CPFT credential and score below the lower cut on the PFT Examination, will I lose my CPFT credential?​

    No. You can retake the PFT Examination as many times as necessary to earn the RPFT credential without impacting the status of your current CPFT credential.

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