Initial Certification for Medical Physics

Requirements and Application

Last verified on May 6, 2020
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Requirements

Important Note – These requirements will change for the 2022 and later exams.
 

2020 and 2021 Requirements

To be eligible for Part 1 on a new application, candidates must be enrolled in and in good standing with, or have graduated from, a CAMPEP-accredited program (graduate program, doctorate in medical physics [DMP] program, certificate program, or medical physics residency).
The ABR will no longer audit candidates for the Part 1 and Part 2 (Qualifying) exams to ensure that they have completed the physics and medical physics academic training recommended by CAMPEP.  We will leave these matters to the program directors and CAMPEP.  We, of course, reserve the right to review a candidate’s qualifications at any time.
 

2022 and Later Part 1 Requirements

 
To be eligible for Part 1 on a new application, candidates must meet one of the following:
  • be enrolled in and in good standing with a CAMPEP-accredited program (graduate or doctorate in medical physics (DMP). The program director must attest that the candidate has completed or will complete the core courses, as described by CAMPEP, prior to the date of the exam;
  • graduated from a CAMPEP-accredited program (graduate or doctorate in medical physics (DMP);
  • completed a CAMPEP-accredited certificate program and have completed a PhD program at the time of registration;
  • be enrolled in or have completed a CAMPEP-accredited residency;
  • be partaking in an ABR-approved Structured Mentorship program.
 

Application

 
Applications for the 2021 Part 1 exam are accepted between September 1, 2020, and November 30, 2020.
 

After an application is submitted:

Within 30 days, candidates will be notified via email of the status of their application and if we have any questions.
If a candidate’s application is approved:
  • Approval notification will include instructions on how to pay the Part 1 application fee.
  • Candidates will receive an exam invitation via email approximately two months before the exam. The invitation will include the opening date of Pearson VUE registration and additional instructions.
If a candidate’s application is denied:
  • He or she will be given one opportunity to appeal.
  • He or she will be given 30 days from notification of denial to file an appeal.

Application for 2021 Exam

 
The details for the application for the 2021 exam will be published in 2020. The process will be much like the 2020 application.
 

Application for 2022 Exam

 
The exam will be given in January 2022. The details for the application of the 2022 exam will be published in 2021.