Certification Board of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CBCMR)

The Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement™ (APCA™) is pleased to announce that our newest physician certification in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) had a successful first administration and will soon start accepting applications for the next administration on January 15, 2020. The 2020 CBCMR How to Apply Guide​ is coming soon.

To earn certification in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), Candidates must meet all prerequisite eligibility criteria and pass a secure, proctored examination.  Please consult the full description of eligibility requirements by visiting the CBCMR Certification tab​.

The CBCMR examination assesses Candidates on their knowledge, skills, and abilities in preparing patients for CMR studies, selecting appropriate protocols, conducting CMR studies in a spectrum of scenarios and interpreting the results, and performing post-processing tasks.

Practice Analyses are conducted to establish and periodically update the CBCMR examination to reflect the frequency and importance of CMR tasks performed by physicians.

The CBCMR certification examination will be administered during a one-month window each year, at the Pearson VUE test centers located worldwide. Examination results are available on My APCA approximately 60 days after the close of the administration window. The inaugural 2019 examination was held between May 7 – June 7.

Staff is available to answer any questions regarding eligibility and can be reached by calling 240-631-8151.​​ Please find the information below for important certification eligibility information.​

Application Dates and Examination Fees

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the date listed above to receive that fee. No exceptions.

Special Accommodations:
Applicants who have requested testing (“special”) accommodations in their application and are required to submit additional documentation in support of their request must submit all such support documents for receipt by Thursday, April 30, 2020. After April 30, 2020, incomplete accommodation requests will be denied.
Regular Application Deadline Late Application Deadline APCA Discount Refund Deadline
Certification Fee: $795 Fee: $995 $50 Refund: $595
REGISTRATION OPENS
Wed, Jan 15, 2020
Deadline
Monday,
April 6, 2020
Deadline
Wednesday,
April 15, 2020
Deadline
Thursday,
April 30, 2020
Examination Window: Tuesday, May 5 – Thursday, May 28, 2020
IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the date listed above to receive that fee. No exceptions.Special Accommodations: Applicants who have requested testing (“special”) accommodations in their application and are required to submit additional documentation in support of their request must submit all such support documents for receipt by Thursday, April 30, 2020. After April 30, 2020, incomplete accommodation requests will be denied.
Certification
MultiModality Discount: $50
Registration OPENS Wed. 1/15/20 Fee: Deadline:
Regular Application $795 Mon. 4/6/20
Final Application $995 Mon. 4/15/20
Refund: Deadline:
Refunds $595 Fri. 4/30/20
Examination Window
Tuesday, May 5 – Thursday, May 28, 2020

​To earn certification in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), Candidates must meet all requisite eligibility criteria and pass a secure, proctored examination. Please consult the full description of eligibility requirements by visiting the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CBCMR) Certification tab.

The CBCMR examination assesses Candidates on their knowledge, skills and abilities in preparing patients for CMR studies, selecting appropriate protocols, conducting CMR studies in a spectrum of scenarios and interpreting the results and performing post-processing tasks.

Job Task Analyses are conducted to establish and periodically update the CBCMR examination to reflect the frequency and importance of CMR tasks performed by physicians.

The CBCMR certification examination is administered during a one-month window each year, at the Pearson VUE test centers located worldwide. Examination results are available on MY APCA approximately 60 days after the close of the administration window.

Please note: The Certification Board of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CBCMR) certification is currently valid for 10 years. CBCMR is committed to the global standards of physician excellence in patient care and is actively evaluating continued competence models.

​​In 2017, CBCMR conducted its initial analysis of the practice to identify the tasks performed by physicians practicing cardiovascular MR and the knowledge required to perform these tasks. The purpose of this practice analysis is to ensure that the examination content accurately reflects the current practice of cardiovascular MR. To accomplish this, a carefully constructed survey is sent to a representative sample of physicians practicing within the profession. The results are analyzed by a cross section of experts in the field. The result is the following outline of knowledge areas upon which the examination in cardiovascular MR is based. Read the CBCMR Job Task Analy​sis Summary Report​​​​.

The CBCMR certification examination contains approximately 160 questions. The CBCMR examination will cover the following content areas. All percentages are an approximate distribution of the questions across the content areas.​

CBCMR Certification Content Outline​ ​​
(Please click on “CBCMR Content Outline” for the detailed Content Outline in PDF-Printable format).​​​

Prepare for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) exams [10%]

  • Review medical history, clinical information, and prior studies; consult with referring providers; and perform or direct pretest patient evaluation and education
  • ​​Evaluate clinical indications considering appropriate use criteria
  • ​Screen for contraindications for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), contrast, stress testing, pharmacologic agents, etc.
  • Select an appropriate protocol to answer the clinical question
  • Ensure any implanted devices (e.g., implantable cardioverter defibrillator [ICD], pacemakers) are in magnetic resonance (MR) conditional modes

Select and perform appropriate protocols for specific clinical scenarios [17%]

  • Morphology and function
  • ​Viability and cardiomyopathy
  • Stress examinations
  • Tissue characterization (e.g., t1, t2, t2*) examinations
  • Valvular examinations
  • Examinations of the pericardium
  • Examination of masses
  • Examination of implanted devices
  • Simple congenital defects (e.g., atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect)
  • Complex congenital defects
  • Coronary examinations
  • Vascular examinations

Perform CMR exams [18%]

  • Monitor patient during study
  • ​Manage gating and recognize arrhythmias
  • Oversee the activities of technologists/medical personnel according to institutional protocols
  • Monitor scan quality and findings, and modify protocol as needed
  • Troubleshoot scanning acquisition problems during study
  • Follow safety guidelines (e.g., MRI safety, emergency situations, SAR)
  • Administer contrast, pharmacologic agents, etc.
  • Manage reactions to contrast, pharmacologic agents, etc.
  • Understand MR physics
  • Understand physics and principles underlying pulse sequences
  • Understand MR scanner hardware/instrumentation
  • Understand pulse sequences

Interpret CMR exams: normal and abnormal anatomy, function, and physiology [13%]

  • Assess significant extracardiac and extravascular findings
  • ​Recognize scan artifacts and distinguish from pathology
  • Recognize normal variants and distinguish from pathology
  • Assess cardiac function
  • Assess cardiac chambers
  • Assess native/artificial valves
  • Assess pericardium

Interpret CMR exams: ischemic and nonischemic heart disease [19%]

  • Assess for ischemia (stress testing)
  • Assess ischemic cardiomyopathy and viability
  • Assess nonischemic cardiomyopathy
  • Assess dilated cardiomyopathy/noncompaction cardiomyopathy
  • Assess iron-overload cardiomyopathy
  • Assess amyloid cardiomyopathy
  • Assess infiltrative cardiomyopathy
  • Assess cardiac sarcoidosis
  • Assess myocarditis
  • Assess hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Assess arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)

Interpret CMR exams: cardiac masses, congenital heart disease, and vascular disease [12%]

  • Assess cardiac masses (e.g., tumor, thrombus)
  • Assess for simple congenital defects (e.g., atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect)
  • Assess for complex congenital defects
  • Assess thoracic aorta
  • Assess abdominal aorta
  • Assess pulmonary artery
  • Assess pulmonary veins
  • Assess coronary anatomy/anomalies
  • Assess vascular anatomy/anomalies

Supervise and/or perform post-processing tasks [11%] ​

  • Supervise and/or perform quantification of morphology, volume, and function
  • Supervise and/or perform quantification of velocity and flow
  • Supervise and/or perform quantification of vessel sizes (e.g., aorta, main pulmonary artery, pulmonary veins)
  • Supervise and/or perform quantification of perfusion
  • Supervise and/or perform quantitative tissue characterization (e.g., T1, T2, extracellular volume [ECV])
  • Supervise and/or perform quantification of iron (e.g., T2*)
  • Supervise and/or perform quantitative late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)
  • Supervise and/or perform three-dimensional post-processing (e.g., multiplanar reformat [MPR], maximum intensity projection [MIP])

​CBCMR will conduct a periodic analysis of the practice to identify the tasks performed by physicians practicing cardiovascular MR and the knowledge required to perform these tasks. The purpose of this practice analysis is to ensure that the examination content accurately reflects the current practice of cardiovascular MR. To accomplish this, a carefully constructed survey is sent to a representative sample of physicians practicing within the profession. The results are analyzed by a cross section of experts in the field. The result is the following outline of knowledge areas upon which the examination in cardiovascular MR is based.

The certification examination is composed of approximately 160 multiple-choice questions. Candidates will have four (4) hours in which to complete the examination.

Some questions include interpretation of images. Each question contains four options or choices, only one of which is the correct or best answer. The examination question pool will be updated on a regular basis to reflect current knowledge. Individual questions are modified or deleted based on statistical analysis of the examination.

APCA functions under policies intended to demonstrate impartiality, high ethical standards and validity of its certification assessments.

APCA does not restrict Applicants, Candidates or becoming a Certificant based on limiting conditions, such as membership of an association or professional society of any organization. APCA will not unfairly impede or inhibit access to its certification to Applicants, Candidates or Certificants who meet our stated policies regarding qualification requirements, renewal requirements and/or passing APCA’s psychometrically sound certification assessments.

The CBCMR examination tutorial​ demonstrates the look and feel of the CBCMR certification examination administered at Pearson VUE test centers. This demonstration is not intended to be a study tool for examination content and will not be available at the test centers. Please utilize the fast-forward, rewind and replay buttons to ensure you read each screen entirely and understand the entire demonstration. Please note that the video is a visual tool only and includes no audio.

Application Dates and Examination Fees

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the date listed above to receive that fee. No exceptions.

Special Accommodations:
Applicants who have requested testing (“special”) accommodations in their application and are required to submit additional documentation in support of their request must submit all such support documents for receipt by Thursday, April 30, 2020. After April 30, 2020, incomplete accommodation requests will be denied.
Regular Application Deadline Late Application Deadline APCA Discount Refund Deadline
Certification Fee: $795 Fee: $995 $50 Refund: $595
REGISTRATION OPENS – Wednesday
Jan 15, 2020
Deadline
Monday,
April 6, 2020
Deadline
Wednesday,
April 15, 2020
Deadline
Thursday,
April 30, 2020
Examination Window: Tuesday, May 5 – Thursday, May 28, 2020

$50 APCA Discount:
Individuals who are current Diplomates or Testamurs of the CBCCT or CBNC, or who hold another APCA credential are eligible for a $50 discount on the CBCMR examination.

Withdrawal/Cancellation Deadline:
To receive a partial refund, SIGNED notifications to be withdrawn from the examination must be received in the CBCMR office no later 10 days in advance of a Candidate’s scheduled examination date.​

​Candidates who applied as “Testamurs” and were successful on the examination have no official certification standing with CBCMR. Each Testamur is responsible for contacting CBCMR to request conversion to Diplomate, which must occur within six (6) years from passing the CBCMR Certification examination. For example, if you sit for and passed the CBCMR Certification examination as a Testamur in 2020, you must contact CBCMR and provide the required documentation no later than 12/31/2026 in order to request conversion. Only physicians who are granted Diplomate status are certified and may then present themselves to the public – and designate on letterhead, cards, etc. – that they are “Diplomates of the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance”.

Please follow these steps to convert your status:​
1. Log in to your MY APCA account and create or update your contact information in your account. We will only mail your certificate to the address listed in your account.

2. Obtain a picture or PDF version of your ABIM-CD, or CD Subspecialty, ABR or ABNM score letter or certificate.

3. Obtain a picture or PDF version of your current and unrestricted medical license. Please make sure the expiration date is showing.

4. Email your documentation to CBCMR@APCA.org (preferred) or upload it into your MY APCA account and inform CBCMR staff via email.

Due to the high volume of conversion requests, please note that we will process requests in the order in which they are received. Requests with all required documentation, and received by Thursday of each week, will be processed by EOB on Friday of the same week. Certificates will be mailed via USPS.

Regardless of when a physician converts his/her status, the certification will expire 10 years from the date of passing the CBCMR Certification examination.

A listing of certified physicians is available to the public and can be accessed by going to the APCA Directory of Certificants.​​​

All eligibility requirements must be completed prior to submitting a CBCMR application to APCA.  Under no circumstances will an application with incomplete cardiovascular MR training be accepted.  If documentation of other requirements is missing or incomplete, a resubmission fee will be assessed.  All documentation must be in English or accompanied by a translation.

CBCMR certification applications are processed through our online portal, MY APCAMY APCA is your personal destination for application submission and it will give you access to features such as a status verification letter, a historical view of your examination(s) and certification(s), receipts, application resources and more. Once you are ready to apply for the CBCMR examination you will need to access MY APCA.

Note: If you hold an APCA and/or ARDMS certification, please use your existing MY APCAlogin information and skip to Steps for Completing the Application.

For more details, please visit the CBCMR How to Apply Guide.

To access MY APCA for the first time, please do the following:

  1. Create a new MY APCA account by completing and submitting the form here.
  2. An ID number will be emailed to you; be sure to check your spam filter if you don’t receive it promptly.
  3. Use the ID number with the password you created on the form to log in to MY APCA.
  1. ​Log in to your MY APCA account.
  2. Select Apply Online under the Application Center tab.
  3. Select the appropriate certification examination under Physician Windowed Examinations.
  4. Click on the green Apply Now button.
  5. You will be required to attest that you have read, understand, and acknowledge the following:

Follow the prompts to complete and submit the application with payment.

Remember: you will need to upload your required supporting documentation during the application submission process so be sure to have the required documentation on hand.

Please Note: Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received as expeditiously as possible.  The turnaround time may be several weeks depending on the volume of applications received and the completeness of the application and documentation.

Once you have successfully applied, your Examination Confirmation Letter (ECL) will be available via the Application Center tab from your MY APCA account. Access this information by:

Selecting MY Examinations

Click the Examination Confirmation Letter link under the Actions Available section. ​

Once you have your ECL, you may contact Pearson VUE to schedule an examination appointment.  A website address and toll-free number are provided on your ECL to schedule your examination. Test centers are located in the U.S., Canada and many international locations. Examination appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis so please apply and schedule as early as possible.

If you are ineligible, you will be notified of your ineligibility and the reason(s) for that determination.​

​If you require testing accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please select “Yes” to the question that asks if you require testing accommodations in the application and submit the following along with your completed application:

An original copy of a letter dated within the past five years and typed on official letterhead from a qualified physician or healthcare provider who specializes in the disability. This letter must document the disability and its severity, describe the applicant’s limitation due to the disability and state exactly what accommodations are recommended. The letter must contain an original signature and the physician’s or provider’s credentials.

An original copy of a comprehensive medical evaluation/report of the diagnosed disability from the physician or health care provider, dated within the past five years.

A completed ADA Special Accommodations Questionnaire​,​ which must be submitted each time you apply for an examination.​

For more information, visit  Americans with Disabilities Act​.

​When you arrive at a test center, be prepared to:

  1. Check in with a Test Center Administrator
  2. Present one valid photo identification (ID); see Test Center Identification Requirements
  3. Provide a digital signature
  4. Have your palm vein scanned​​​​​​​​
  5. Take a test-day photograph

Note: The only thing that you can bring into the testing room is you. The test centers have lockers you can use to store personal belongings. Study materials as well as food and drink are prohibited in the test center. No visitors, guests, pets or children are allowed.

Important: Review APCA’s Examination Admission Compliance policies​ to ensure you are not refused admission at the test center and do not engage in unauthorized examination behavior.

Test centers will provide white boards for notes during the examination upon request.

If you need special accommodations, please select “Yes” for “Special Accommodations” in the application when you apply.​ ​

​Once your CBCMR application has been approved, an Examination Confirmation Letter (ECL) will be emailed to you. You can then schedule your examination with Pearson VUE– APCA’s official testing vendor. The ECL will include your eligibility period based on the set administration dates and you are encouraged to schedule promptly to ensure availability .

If you have not done so already, visit Pearson VUE to:

  1. Create a Pearson VUE account
  2. Search for APCA and then the CBCMR examination
  3. Search for seat availability
  4. Locate a test center
  5. Schedule an examination

Contact Pearson VUE Customer Service, 877-258-9220 to schedule via phone or ask questions specific to your testing center.

Please note that the CBCMR examinations are listed under APCA. Candidates outside of North America should check pearsonvue.com/apca​ for regional telephone numbers.

​To reschedule the date and time of your examination during your eligibility period, you must contact Pearson VUE (1-877-258-9220) at least 96 hours prior to the scheduled examination date and time. Candidates outside of North America should check pearsonvue.com/apca for regional telephone numbers.

To cancel an examination appointment, you must contact Pearson VUE (1-877-258-9220) and cancel the scheduled appointment no later than 96 hours prior to the scheduled examination appointment time. Candidates outside of North America should check pearsonvue.com/apca for regional telephone numbers.

To request a partial refund, you must wait 24 hours after canceling the appointment with Pearson VUE and then submit a cancellation/partial refund request no later than 96 hours prior to the last date of the eligibility period.

To submit this request:

  1. Log in to your MY APCA account.
  2. Visit “My Examination/Application Status” under “Application Center.”
  3. Select the examination you wish to request a partial refund for.
  4. Complete and submit the form.

We will refund your examination fee, less the processing fee per examination, unless we receive your request too late, you never schedule your examination or you do not keep your scheduled examination appointment. Then, the entire examination and processing fees are forfeited

If you are found eligible to take an examination, we will email you an Examination Confirmation Letter (ECL) within one to two days of application approval and you will be able to schedule your appointment at that time. The ECL will also be posted to your MY APCA account and will include your eligibility period to schedule and take your examination. ​

Tips for Examination Day Success
After all your diligent preparation and hours spent studying, here are a few valuable tips to help make your examination day a success:

  1. ​Double check that you know where the test center is before examination day and give yourself plenty of time to get there. Remember, you MUST arrive and register at least 30 minutes before the examination begins.
  2. Get a good night’s sleep before you take your examination. Being well rested and relaxed when you take your examination will help you concentrate.
  3. Bring one form of current and valid identification that complies with the test center identification requirements​.
  4. Travel light. The only thing you can bring into the testing room is you. You can store your personal belongings — your car keys, watch, smartphone, purse, backpack, etc. — in lockers at the test center. The following items are not allowed in test centers: study materials, food, drink, visitors/guests, pets and children.
  5. Request a white board if you plan to jot down notes during the examination. Test centers are using white boards (rather than paper) in an effort to “go green.”

Workstation
The Pearson VUE workstation specifications have been reviewed and tested by APCA and meet or exceed requirements for cardiovascular MR.  Some of the questions on the examination include images or movies which may take a few moments to load and during which time the screen may appear blank.  This is not a malfunction of the workstation, but rather a delay in uploading the image. If a Candidate has a problem with a workstation he/she may request a workstation change if needed, provided the testing center has availability.

If the examination cannot be delivered due to a test center or workstation failure, power failure, hardware and/or software problems, weather, or conditions which arise from events or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of Pearson VUE or APCA, Pearson VUE will use reasonable efforts to reschedule the Candidate for the examination within the test window dates.   If the Candidate cannot be rescheduled within the test window, APCA at its discretion may provide the affected Candidate with an opportunity to take the examination at the next scheduled examination date for a reduced or waived fee.  This shall be the Candidate’s sole remedy.   In no circumstance will APCA reduce its standards or overturn a Candidate’s score as a means of correcting a problem in the administration.

Examination Appeals
Candidates who fail the examination may appeal their score by following the APCA Appeals Policy​. The appeal must be for reasons related to examination administration; Candidates were exposed to testing conditions severe enough t​o cause a major disruption.  Appeals based solely on the belief that an examinee prepared intensely and has practiced cardiovascular MR for years or for having missed passing by a number of examination points will not be considered.

In order to consider an appeal based on examination administration or a disruption in the examination process, the incident(s) must have been reported to the Pearson VUE testing center Test Administrator (TA) and to the APCA office as described above under Issues During your Examination section above.  Documentation to support your appeal must be submitted with your appeal request to appeals@apca.org no later than five (5) days after your examination appointment.

Issues During Your Examination
We do not anticipate any problems during the examination, but if a problem does occur, the Candidate MUST report the incident to the Pearson VUE test center staff at the time the examination is being administered and prior to departing the test center on the day of the examination.  Candidates are advised to ask the TA for their name and the ticket number assigned to their reported issue or problem. Candidates are then required to notify APCA in writing of the issue or problem with the examination within five (5) days of the scheduled examination time.  This notification should include the ticket number assigned by the TA, the TA’s name and be detailed as possible. Email the information to CBCMR@APCA.org.

Please note: Pearson VUE offers hundreds of thousands of examinations annually from hundreds of different organizations. The focus of test center personnel is to safeguard the integrity of the examination, not necessarily to assist Candidates.  Therefore, if you experience any problems while at your testing center, call APCA staff at 240-631-8151 and we will do our best to assist you.

In 2017, CBCMR conducted its initial analysis of the practice to identify the tasks performed by physicians practicing cardiovascular MR and the knowledge required to perform these tasks. The purpose of this practice analysis is to ensure that the examination content accurately reflects the current practice of cardiovascular MR. To accomplish this, a carefully constructed survey is sent to a representative sample of physicians practicing within the profession. The results are analyzed by a cross section of experts in the field. The result is the following outline of knowledge areas upon which the examination in cardiovascular MR is based. Read the CBCMR Job Task Analy​sis Summary Report​​​​.

The CBCMR certification examination contains approximately 160 questions. The CBCMR examination will cover the following content areas. All percentages are an approximate distribution of the questions across the content areas.​

CBCMR Certification Content Outline​ ​​
(Please click on “CBCMR Content Outline” for the detailed Content Outline in PDF-Printable format).​​​

Prepare for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) exams [10%]

  • Review medical history, clinical information, and prior studies; consult with referring providers; and perform or direct pretest patient evaluation and education
  • ​​Evaluate clinical indications considering appropriate use criteria
  • ​Screen for contraindications for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), contrast, stress testing, pharmacologic agents, etc.
  • Select an appropriate protocol to answer the clinical question
  • Ensure any implanted devices (e.g., implantable cardioverter defibrillator [ICD], pacemakers) are in magnetic resonance (MR) conditional modes

Select and perform appropriate protocols for specific clinical scenarios [17%]

  • Morphology and function
  • ​Viability and cardiomyopathy
  • Stress examinations
  • Tissue characterization (e.g., t1, t2, t2*) examinations
  • Valvular examinations
  • Examinations of the pericardium
  • Examination of masses
  • Examination of implanted devices
  • Simple congenital defects (e.g., atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect)
  • Complex congenital defects
  • Coronary examinations
  • Vascular examinations

Perform CMR exams [18%]

  • Monitor patient during study
  • ​Manage gating and recognize arrhythmias
  • Oversee the activities of technologists/medical personnel according to institutional protocols
  • Monitor scan quality and findings, and modify protocol as needed
  • Troubleshoot scanning acquisition problems during study
  • Follow safety guidelines (e.g., MRI safety, emergency situations, SAR)
  • Administer contrast, pharmacologic agents, etc.
  • Manage reactions to contrast, pharmacologic agents, etc.
  • Understand MR physics
  • Understand physics and principles underlying pulse sequences
  • Understand MR scanner hardware/instrumentation
  • Understand pulse sequences

Interpret CMR exams: normal and abnormal anatomy, function, and physiology [13%]

  • Assess significant extracardiac and extravascular findings
  • ​Recognize scan artifacts and distinguish from pathology
  • Recognize normal variants and distinguish from pathology
  • Assess cardiac function
  • Assess cardiac chambers
  • Assess native/artificial valves
  • Assess pericardium

Interpret CMR exams: ischemic and nonischemic heart disease [19%]

  • Assess for ischemia (stress testing)
  • Assess ischemic cardiomyopathy and viability
  • Assess nonischemic cardiomyopathy
  • Assess dilated cardiomyopathy/noncompaction cardiomyopathy
  • Assess iron-overload cardiomyopathy
  • Assess amyloid cardiomyopathy
  • Assess infiltrative cardiomyopathy
  • Assess cardiac sarcoidosis
  • Assess myocarditis
  • Assess hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Assess arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)

Interpret CMR exams: cardiac masses, congenital heart disease, and vascular disease [12%]

  • Assess cardiac masses (e.g., tumor, thrombus)
  • Assess for simple congenital defects (e.g., atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect)
  • Assess for complex congenital defects
  • Assess thoracic aorta
  • Assess abdominal aorta
  • Assess pulmonary artery
  • Assess pulmonary veins
  • Assess coronary anatomy/anomalies
  • Assess vascular anatomy/anomalies

Supervise and/or perform post-processing tasks [11%] ​

  • Supervise and/or perform quantification of morphology, volume, and function
  • Supervise and/or perform quantification of velocity and flow
  • Supervise and/or perform quantification of vessel sizes (e.g., aorta, main pulmonary artery, pulmonary veins)
  • Supervise and/or perform quantification of perfusion
  • Supervise and/or perform quantitative tissue characterization (e.g., T1, T2, extracellular volume [ECV])
  • Supervise and/or perform quantification of iron (e.g., T2*)
  • Supervise and/or perform quantitative late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)
  • Supervise and/or perform three-dimensional post-processing (e.g., multiplanar reformat [MPR], maximum intensity projection [MIP])

The CBCMR examination tutorial​ demonstrates the look and feel of the CBCMR certification examination administered at Pearson VUE test centers. This demonstration is not intended to be a study tool for examination content and will not be available at the test centers. Please utilize the fast-forward, rewind and replay buttons to ensure you read each screen entirely and understand the entire demonstration. Please note that the video is a visual tool only and includes no audio.​

 1. What is cardiovascular magnetic resonance?
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR), sometimes known as cardiac MRI, is a medical imaging technology for the non-invasive assessment of the function and structure of the cardiovascular system.

2. What is certification and what is its purpose?
Certification provides practice-based standards against which members of the profession can be assessed. The purposes of the CBCMR Certification Program are as follows:

  • To establish the domain of the practice of cardiovascular MR for certification
  • To assess the level of knowledge demonstrated by cardiovascular MR specialists in a valid manner
  • To encourage professional growth in, and enhance the quality of, the practice of cardiovascular MR
  • To recognize formally individuals who meet the requirements set by CBCMR
  • To serve the public by encouraging quality patient care in the practice of cardiovascular MR​

3. What is the contact information of the CBCMR?

1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600

Rockville, MD 20852

USA Telephone: +240.631.8151

Fax: +301.424.0875

Email: CBCMR@APCA.org

4. What are the eligibility criteria to sit for the CBCMR certification examination?
All eligibility requirements must be completed prior to submitting a CBCMR application to APCA.  Under no circumstances will an application with incomplete cardiovascular magnetic resonance training/experience be accepted.  If documentation of other requirements is missing or incomplete, a resubmission fee will be assessed.  All documentation must be in English or accompanied by a translation.​

​Determination of Passing Score and Reporting
The passing score for the CBCMR ​​​​​​​​​certification examination is set by an independent national panel of peers representing the disciplines involved in the practice of cardiovascular MR drawn from both private practice and academia. The passing score is based on an expected level of knowledge; it is not related to the distribution of scores obtained during an examination administration. In any given year, a candidate has the same chance of passing the examination whether the group taking the examination at that time tends to have high scores or low scores. In other words, each candidate is measured against a standard of knowledge, not against the performance of the other individuals taking the examination.

The CBCMR examination test result is a PASS or FAIL decision.  Examinees will receive a scaled score, ranging from 300 to 700.  A scaled score of at least 555 is required to pass the CBCMR examination.

Reporting Scores
Scores are expected to be released and posted to your MY APCA account approximately 60 days following the end of the examination administration window. As soon as your score becomes available, you will receive an email sent to the email address you provided when you registered for the examination.  If that email address is no longer accessible by you, please log into your MY APCA account to update it. ​

To ensure you receive notification regarding your score availability, add our email address @APCA.org and APCA@mail64.subscribermail.com to your address book and/or “Safe Recipient” list.  Candidates receiving a passing score will be listed on APCA’s Directory of Certificants​.

Request for Score Verification
If you have questions about the accuracy of your score, we can perform a score verification for a $35 USD fee payable by check, money order or credit card. Score verification ensures that the computer counted the correct and incorrect answers appropriately. It does not review the questions and answers.

When deciding whether to have your score verified, please keep in mind that APCA examinations are scored electronically with a high degree of accuracy, and it is unlikely that verification will alter your original score.

If you are interested in obtaining verification, please submit a completed Examination Score Verification Form within 30 days from receipt of  the  score availability email​. If it is incomplete, unsigned or unpaid, it will be returned.

Appeals​​​
A candidate who is not successful in passing the examination may submit an appeal by following the Examination Appeals Process  standards.

Testamur
Candidates who applied as Testamur and passed the CBCMR examination must provide APCA with documentation of having successfully passed the Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine or Radiology board examination and a copy of their current medical license (with expiration date) before a CBCMR certificate can be mailed and their name can be added to the Directory of Certificants​. A copy of the letter from the certifying board or a print-out from the certifying board’s website will be accepted as documentation and can be emailed to CBCMR@APCA.org or alternatively faxed to CBCMR​​​​ at 301-424-0875.

Below are the pass rates for the CBCMR examinations:

2019
Passed: 92%