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For questions about the registration process or payment receipts, please contact our test administrator at 1-888-519-9901.
Taking the Test
The NAECB Examination is delivered by computer at approximately 300 PSI Test Centers geographically located throughout the United States (Find an Assessment Center). There are no application deadlines and a candidate who meets eligibility requirements may submit an application and fee at any time. The examination is administered by appointment only Monday through Saturday. Appointment starting times may vary by location. Candidates are scheduled on a first-come, first served basis.
A Self Assessment Examination (SAE) is now available to provide additional resources for test preparation at a cost of $75. The SAE is comprised of 75 questions, modeled on the type and style of questions you will see on the actual examination. To register for the SAE or get more information, please click on this link.
How To Register
1. Candidates can register for the exam online (Click here to register Online – This will take you to another website) .
2. You can also submit a paper application to NAECB Examination, PSI 18000 W. 105th Street, Olathe, KS 66061.Click on the Candidate Handbook link at the right which contains a paper application for NAECB exam. For further information, you may call the Candidate Services Department at (888) 519-9901.
All candidates must review and accept the Code of Conduct during the registration process. Failure to do so will prevent registration.
Initial Examination $350
Repeat Examination $250
Linda B. Ford, MD Scholarship
There are four scholarships of $350 that will be granted biannually in April and September of each year. The scholarship must be used within six months of being granted.
Repeating the Examination
If you do not pass the examination on the first attempt, you may reschedule a reexamination appointment within one year of your application date by contacting PSI at https://schedule.psiexams.com/ or 1-888-519-9901. Repeat candidate fees apply ($250.00) for each time the examination is repeated.
There is a waiting period of ninety (90) days between examination attempts with a maximum of three (3) attempts in a one (1) year period. In the case of extenuating circumstances, candidates may petition the NAECB. If the time has exceeded one year since the date of your application to NAECB, you will need to apply to the NAECB again for permission to take the NAECB examination with all the associated fees ($350.00).
Re-certification by examination or 35 continuing education units is required every five years and will cost $300. Certificants may renew their certification by re-examination or by continuing education units only up to one year prior to the expiration of initial certification. Outcome studies to evaluate the effectiveness of education by a Certified Asthma Educator will be performed to assess the benefit of this process and to help guide the re-certification process.
There are two kinds of eligibility. A candidate must fulfill ONE of the requirements.
1. Licensed or credentialed health care professionals OR
2. individuals providing professional direct patient asthma education and counseling with a minimum of 1,000 hours experience in these activities.
* Those candidates without an active U.S. license or credential will only be allowed to take this exam if they meet the criteria set forth in #2 (1000 Hours).
The following is a list of those currently licensed or credentialed healthcare professionals that may be admitted to the examination under the first requirement:
- Physicians (MD, DO)
- Physician Assistants (PA-C)
- Nurse Practitioners (NP)
- Nurses (RN, LPN)
- Respiratory Therapists (RRT, CRT)
- Pulmonary Function Technologists (CPFT, RPFT)
- Pharmacists (RPh)
- Social Workers (CSW)
- Health Educators (CHES)
- Physical Therapists (PT)
- Occupational Therapists (OT)
The examination is based upon seven major content areas. Each of the content areas is briefly described and followed by an outline of the topics included in the area in the NAECB candidate handbook (see link at right). In addition, the number of test items devoted to each major content area is noted. The examination is composed of 175 items. (150 scored items, 25 pre-test items).
Each test item on the examination is categorized by a cognitive level that a candidate would likely use to respond.
These categories are:
Recall: The ability to recall or recognize specific information is required.
Application: The ability to comprehend, relate or apply knowledge to new or changing situations is required.
Analysis: The ability to analyze and synthesize information, determine solutions and/or to evaluate the usefulness of a solution is required.
The sample items in the candidate handbook are only examples to demonstrate the cognitive levels (i.e. recall, application, and analysis/evaluation) of questions on the AE-C examination. Candidates are encouraged to review the examination matrix in the candidate handbook for a comprehensive list of the test’s content and to assess their study needs prior to taking the examination.
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