Exam Registration Information

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

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CES-A Exam

The American Society of Extracorporeal Technology and the International Board of Blood Management are pleased to announce the launch of the new Adult ECMO Specialist Exam in 2020. AmSECT and IBBM define the role of Adult Certified ECMO Specialist© (CES-A) for the purpose to offer a certification exam to recognize minimally acceptable mastery of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the adult CES job description. The Adult CES is an integral member of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) service team working primarily in intensive care units and participating in the transport of ECMO patients between care areas. Adult ECMO Specialists are RRTs, RNs, CCPs, MDs, Biomedical Technicians, or other health professionals who are qualified by their healthcare facility or employer to perform the duties of Adult ECMO Specialist.

What are the requirements / prerequisites to apply for the adult CES Certification Exam?

  1. Anyone with an interest in advancing their career as an adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Specialist can take the exam
  2. The candidate should be employed in the job description “ECMO Specialist” as confirmed by their employer, ECMO service Medical Director, or ECMO Coordinator / Manager
  3. The board recommends the candidate has two years experience as a specialist
  4. The candidate must provide the name of a proctor to monitor their on-line exam experience
  5. To take the exam the candidate must fill out the profile application and pay the exam fee during the application period

The exam application period will begin two months prior to the exam date and will be open up to 5 days before the first day of the exam period. The examination period is three days and the exam can be taken during IBBM business hours (9 AM- 5 PM CT).  Candidates will have three (3) hours to complete the exam.

Application Dates:
March 22 – April 30, 2021
June 21 – July 23, 2021
September 20 – October 22, 2021

Exam Dates:
May 12- May 14, 2021
August 18- August 20, 2021
November 17- November 19, 2021

Application Process & Required Elements

Step 1: Submit Application

The CES Certification Application requires applicants to provide the following items:

  • Personal information
  • Employer information
  • Proctor information
  • Facility Information and Director/Coordinator contact information

Step 2: Submit Certification Exam Fee

  • Non-refundable $150.00 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 3: IBBM Verifies Information
Upon receipt and verification of all application materials, an email will be sent to the 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 the candidate 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 4: 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 Adult Certified ECMO Specialist (CES) 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.

For more information and to apply, visit the CES-A page today!

The PBMT Exam Application Window is now open through April 20, 2020. Apply today!

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 22 – April 30, 2021
June 21 – July 23, 2021
September 20 – October 22, 2021

Exam Dates:
May 12- May 14, 2021
August 18- August 20, 2021
November 17- November 19, 2021

Prerequisite Requirements:

  • 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 through April 20, 2020. Apply today!

Late applications will be charged a $50 late fee on top of the $200 exam fee.

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 22 – April 30, 2021
June 21 – July 23, 2021
September 20 – October 22, 2021

Exam Dates:
May 12- May 14, 2021
August 18- August 20, 2021
November 17- November 19, 2021

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 will be open September 21 – October 21, 2020. Apply today!

Late applications will be charged a $50 late fee in addition to the standard $200 exam fee.