PBMS Certification

Perioperative Patient Blood Management Specialist Certification Exam Information

Have an interest and knowledge in blood management—test that knowledge and gain a new certification!

So you think you know a lot about blood?

The Perioperative Patient Blood Management Specialist (PBMS) Certification is a brand new examination and program. Below is important information regarding this new program. If you have any questions contact us at ibbm@amsect.org or call us at 312-321-5156

What is the difference between a Perioperative Blood Management Technician (PBMT) and a Perioperative Patient Blood Management Specialist (PBMS)?

A PBMT is an Autotransfusionist or Platelet Gel/Stem Cell device operator in the operative setting; primarily they operate the cell washers for red blood cell recovery in the perioperative setting. The PBMS is the next and higher level up. A more focused program; however, unlike the PBMT the PBMS is not restricted to only autotransfusionists.

Do you have to be a PBMT to take the PBMS exam?

Anyone with confidence in the body of knowledge of blood management can take the exam. The PBMS test is more advanced and covers a broader scope of material. While the PBMT certification is not required to take this exam, those that are certified PBMTs may notice familiar topics and concepts that are addressed in the PBMS test.

If you are interested in more information on the PBMT Certification, click here.

Requirements to become a Certified PBMS

The exam will be given three times a year. In 2017, the PBMS exam will occur twice, once in October and then in November. Starting in 2018 the PBMS test dates will be concurrent with the PBMT exam dates in May, August, and November. Please note prospective test takers cannot take both the PBMT and PBMS tests in the same exam period.

To take the exam you must fill out the profile and proctor application, and pay a $200 exam fee during the application period. The application period will begin two months prior to the exam and will be open up to 5 days before the first day of the exam.

The exam period is three days and the exam can be taken during IBBM business hours (9 AM- 5 PM CT). Examinees will have three (3) hours to take the exam.

Please note there is no clinical requirement. Anyone with an interest in advancing their career in Blood Management can take the exam.


Sign Up for the first PBMS Exam October 21, 2017, live in Portland, OR.

To sign up for an in-person review course and the written exam in Portland, OR, you must register through AmSECT’s Quality and Outcomes Conference portal here: http://www.amsect.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1464.