The examination to earn the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential is 150 multiple-choice items. The exam is offered at computer test centers around the United States and Canada, and in a number of test locations in countries around the world. Up to three hours can be used to take the examination. The exam is offered during four test windows throughout the year, as shown below. The examination is based upon a role delineation study (or job analysis) that provides a content outline for geriatric pharmacy practice. Candidates who need special examination accommodations can submit a request.
Benefits of Board Certification
Board certification is a way to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in geriatric pharmacy practice. It shows that the certified pharmacist has special expertise that is beyond that of a licensed pharmacist. The certification credential may be useful in qualifying for a promotion with a current employer or in obtaining a job with a new employer.
Some employers will pay for the costs of taking the certification examination. In some cases, additional compensation (such as a step grade increase in pay or a bonus) may be provided by the employer. In the long-term care setting, geriatric expertise is especially valued. At least one long-term care facility chain requires their pharmacists to have or obtain the CGP credential as a condition for employment.
As the clinical role of pharmacists continues to expand, with the growth of Medication Therapy Management and other services, employers and payers are increasingly seeking pharmacists who have demonstrated clinical competence beyond the basic requirement of a pharmacist license.
With the aging of the population, expertise in geriatrics will be valued even more in coming years. Certification in geriatric pharmacy practice is a good investment for the future.
To be eligible for the certification examination in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice, an applicant must currently be a licensed pharmacist and must have a minimum of two years of experience as a licensed pharmacist. Applications must be accompanied by a photocopy of current pharmacist registration certificate/license and a check, money order, or credit card payment.
Dates, Deadlines, and Fees
The Certified Geriatric Pharmacist examination is a computer-based examination offered at test centers around the United States and in a number of other countries. The examination is offered in four test windows throughout the year, as shown in the table below. Test windows begin and end in the middle of the month. See the test window page for details.
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Candidates are eligible to take the examination for two consecutive test windows. The application fee for the examination is $600 (USD). Candidates who successfully complete the requirements for certification are responsible to pay a certification maintenance fee. A single payment of $250 (USD) may be paid to cover the full five-year period of certification. Alternatively, the fee may be paid in four annual installments of $75 (USD) each, beginning the year after certification. This fee is used to provide services to Certified Geriatric Pharmacists, such as The Credential, a quarterly electronic newsletter, and a listing of Certified Geriatric Pharmacists on the CCGP Web site.
Brief Video - Taking the CGP Examination
CCGP's test partner, Applied Measurement Professionals, has prepared a video (approximately 5 minutes) that provides an overview of the process of taking a computer-based examination. Note that this video is general in nature and may not specifically reflect CCGP policies and procedures. In addition, the focus of the video is on the experience of candidates in the United States, rather than international candidates. However, candidates may find the video to be helpful in understanding and preparing for the experience of taking a computer-based examination. The video may be viewed here.
Score reports are mailed to candidates following the examination. Applicants often have questions about how scores are calculated for the CGP examination. Scoring for certification examinations is different from scoring for examinations people are used to taking in school. Instead of a fixed passing score, such as 70%, the passing score on a certification examination is determined with statistical adjustment based on the difficulty level of each form of the examination. This ensures fairness to candidates so that a candidate who takes a more difficult version of the examination is not disadvantaged.
A more detailed explanation of scoring is available.
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