About the VA-BC Exam

The Exam

The vascular access certification examination is the standardized measure of the basic knowledge, skills and abilities expected of professionals working in vascular access.

The exam is multiple-choice consisting of 150 questions (125 of these questions are used in computing the score). Each item consists of a question with four (4) possible answers.

You have two and one half (2 ½) hours to take the exam. In addition there is a separate 15 minute tutorial at the beginning of the exam and a separate 15 minute survey following the exam.

The certification exam is available only in English and all references used to develop it are US based and reflective of US clinical practice.

When is it given?

It is offered each year during the entire month of June and the entire month of December. It may also be offered during the Association for Vascular Access Annual Scientific meeting for international attendees from outside the USA and Canada.

Where is it given?

At Prometric testing centers throughout the United States (to include US Territories), Canada, and select international sites.

Find a testing center near you.

What do I need to know to take the exam?

The exam questions (items) are based the content outline or blueprint.

The VA-BC exam test specifications (Blueprint) are based on a Role Delineation Study, also known as a Job Task Analysis. This type of study is done every 4-5 years to assure that the examination content remains relevant and current to the specialty. The present examination Test Specification is based on a Job Analysis done on 2015.

Refer to the Candidate Certification/Recertification Handbook for complete information.