Exam Registration Information

Thank you for your interest in registering for an upcoming PBMT or PBMS exam! Please see below for information on exam timing, exam application requirements, and other important information.

PBMT Exam

The Perioperative Blood Management Technologist exam is offered three times a year for Autotransfusionist or Platelet Gel/Stem Cell device operators in the operative setting. Please see below for application and exam dates, prerequisite requirements, application requirements, and additional information.

Application Dates:
March 20 – April 20, 2019
June 20 – July 21, 2019
September 20 – October 20, 2019

Exam Dates:
May 15- May 17. 2019
August 21- August 23, 2019
November 20- November 22, 2019

Prerequisite Requirements for Sitting for the Exam:

  • The applicant must have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • The applicant must be practicing in the field of blood management completing a minimum of fifty (50) autotransfusion procedures (those involving an semiautomatic cell processing/washing device) with evidence thereof. IBBM recommends a minimum one year of experience for all examinees.
  • The applicant must produce evidence of the clinical location(s), date performed, procedure, surgeon, type of procedure and whether the case is adult/pediatric.

Application Process & Required Elements

Step 1: Submit Application Form Online
The PBMT Certification Online Application Form will require candidates to submit the following information:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Employer Information
  3. Facility Information and Confirming Individual Information

Step 2: Submit Required Forms & Paperwork
After submitting the demographic information through the online application, applicants will also need to submit the following paperwork to IBBM at ibbm@amsect.org.

  1. Clinical Activity Report: Fifty (50) clinical cases utilizing cell saver technique performed during the previous year. This list must include the Hospital/Clinic, date,  surgeon, procedure performed, Surgeon, Procedure Type, Adult/Pediatric.  Procedures must be specific (Total Hip Arthroplasty, Posterior Spinal Fusion, etc.). Procedure categories will not be accepted (Ortho, Vascular, Emergency, Heart, etc.).   Procedure Type must be Autotransfusion, Platelet Gel or Stem Cell
  2. Copy of High School or College Diploma or Copy of Clinical Credentialing (CCP, RN, LPN, MD, etc.)
  3. Authorization for Release of Information and Case Verification Form 
  4. Proctor Application if the exam will be taken online

All forms should be emailed to ibbm@amsect.org.

Step 3: Submit Certification Exam Fee

  1. Non-refundable $200.00 fee to sit for exam
    • Note: a $50 late fee will be applied to any applications submitted after the application window.
    • Note: Individuals retaking the exam will be assessed a $100 examination retake fee.

Step 4: IBBM Verifies Information
Upon receipt and verification of all application materials, an email will be sent to your proctor with detailed exam instructions approximately five (5) days before the opening of the exam.  This letter will detail the exam protocol, provide the necessary username, password and test verification form to be completed by the proctor at the end of the exam.  An email will be sent to you approximately five (5) days before the opening of the exam.  This letter will serve as notice that you are eligible to sit for the exam and your proctor has been sent the necessary information for the exam.

Step 5: Take Certification Exam
Examinees may select the specific day they would like to take their exam within the testing window and will be given 3 hours to complete 100 question exam.  The exam is scored and results are mailed via USPS mail 30 days after the close of the exam.

If the applicant passes the exam, they will receive a Perioperative Blood Management Technologist Certificate at the address provided on the application.

If the applicant does not pass the exam, they will be sent a letter showing the areas of deficiencies.  If the applicant decides to retake the exam a new application must be submitted.  If the applicant retakes the exam within nine (9) months the fee is $100.00 USD.

Additional Information

The PBMT Exam Application Window is now open for the May Exam Testing Dates. Apply Today!

Click Here to Apply for the PBMT Exam

Click Here to Submit the PBMT Exam Payment

PBMS Exam

The PBMS exam is more advanced and covers a broader scope of knowledge than the PBMT certification exam. Please see below for application and exam dates, prerequisite requirements, application requirements, and additional information. When the application window opens, this page will contain links to the active application.

Application Dates:
March 20 – April 20, 2019
June 20 – July 21, 2019
September 20 – October 20, 2019

Exam Dates:
May 15- May 17. 2019
August 21- August 23, 2019
November 20- November 22, 2019

Prerequisite Requirements:
Anyone with an interest in advancing their career in Blood Management can take the exam. It is recommended that an individual interested in attaining certification in patient blood management should have experience with clinical application and education in blood management. Knowledge of laboratory, blood banking and education techniques with preparation to perform a leadership, coordinating or educational role for a patient blood management program involving inpatient perioperative and surgical practices. Participation in outpatient services with an anemia clinic is beneficial.

Application Process & Required Elements

Step 1: Application
The PBMT Certification Application requires applicants to provide the following items:

  • Personal Information
  • Employer Information
  • Facility Information and Supervisor Contact Information

Step 2: Submit Proctor Application

The proctor exam must be emailed to ibbm@amsect.org.

Step 3: Submit Certification Exam Fee

  • Non-refundable $200.00 fee to sit for exam
    • Note: a $50 late fee will be applied to any applications submitted after the application window.
    • Note: Individuals retaking the exam will be assessed a $100 examination retake fee.

Step 4: IBBM Verifies Information
Upon receipt and verification of all application materials, an email will be sent to your proctor with detailed exam instructions approximately five (5) days before the opening of the exam.  This letter will detail the exam protocol, provide the necessary username, password and test verification form to be completed by the proctor at the end of the exam.  An email will be sent to you approximately five (5) days before the opening of the exam.  This letter will serve as notice that you are eligible to sit for the exam and your proctor has been sent the necessary information for the exam.

Step 5: Take Certification Exam
Examinees may select the specific day they would like to take their exam within the testing window and will be given 3 hours to complete 100 question exam.  The exam is scored and the results are mailed via USPS mail approximately 30 days after the close of the exam.

If the applicant passes the exam, they will receive a Patient Blood Management Specialist Certificate at the address provided on the application.

If the applicant does not pass the exam, they will be sent a letter showing the areas of deficiencies.  If the applicant decides to retake the exam a new application must be submitted.  If the applicant retakes the exam within nine (9) months the fee is $100.00 USD.

Additional Information 

For additional information on the PBMS exam & Recertification, please visit the PBMS page here.

The PBMS Exam Application Window is now open for the May Exam Testing Dates. Apply Today!

Click Here to Apply for the PBMS Exam

Click Here to Submit the PBMS Exam Payment