Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Certification establishes minimum competency standards in the specialty and offers recognition for those who have met the standards. A primary purpose of certification is the protection of the public through a means of measurement of current skills and knowledge through a standardized comprehensive examination.
Professionals living in the United States or Canada and working in the field of vascular access can demonstrate mastery of specialized knowledge by meeting criteria and passing the examination offered by the Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC)
The Vascular Access Board Certification (VA-BC™) is designed for clinical professionals to include but not limited to; MD’s, PA’s, NP’s, RN’s, LPN/LVN’s, RT’s, RRT’s, Infection Control, Educators, EMS professionals, that actively work in the field of vascular access. Having a thorough and sound foundation of the knowledge and skills required for competent practice in vascular access is essential. Knowledge can be obtained through work experiences and independent learning, as well as through formal educational programs. These components afford the candidate exposure and professional development and education in the vascular access specialty.
All candidates must:
- Have a minimum of a post-secondary education (e.g.: LPN, nursing diploma, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, PhD, MD).
- Have a minimum of 1 year of professional experience. Practice in the area of vascular access is required for initial certification.
- Attest they meet one of the following criteria:
- Health care professional in the field of vascular access involved in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the care and needs of patients and clients who require vascular access in the course of their care.
- Professional working in a field that complements Vascular Access, such as educators, administrators, infection control professionals, nutrition support professionals.
In addition, current clinical practice must include at least two (2) of the following activities:
- Assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the care and needs of patients and clients who require vascular access in the course of their care
- Education of individuals in best practice as it pertains to vascular access
- Development and revision of vascular access policies and procedures
- Management of vascular access activities
- Provision of consultation of vascular access activities
- Self-employed individuals must meet the same practice criteria as above
Certification is open to all qualified candidates.
Note: This certification is NOT intended for sales, marketing, or other non-clinical industry professionals, and all candidates must attest that they meet education and practice requirements, which is subject to verification by the Vascular Access Certification Corporation. For industry professionals interested in furthering their knowledge of Vascular Access, please review the Vascular Access Industry Partner™ Program .
Applications for the June seating begin March 1st through April 15th
Applications for the December seating begin September 1st through October 15th
The exam is a computer based test administered at Prometric™ centers throughout the US and Canada.
Service (ETS). Prometric™ provides computer based testing sites in more than 3000 locations across the globe.
www.vacert.org (preferred) or by mailing or faxing their application to the Vascular Access
Certification Corporation. Candidates who mail or fax their applications will be charged a $25.00 administrative fee. See the Candidate Handbook for detailed information.
For the December seating, early registration applications must be submitted and all fees paid by
September 20th and all applications must be submitted and all fees paid by October 15th.
Late applications may be assessed a late fee, in addition to the $25 administration fee.
My organization is paying for my exam by the organizational charge card, how do I submit my application?
Vascular Access is not required. To take advantage of the reduced member rate you must be an active member before beginning the application process.member before beginning the application process..
Upon confirmation of eligibility to take the certification exam, the candidate will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter, via e-mail only. This may take 7-10 days. The ATT letter authorizes the candidate to take the VA-BC™ exam, and will include the following information:
• The contact information for Prometric™, so the candidate can schedule an examination based on the identified testing window
• Details on how to schedule an examination date with Prometric™
• Information on how to reschedule or cancel an examination, should that become necessary
If you pass the exam your score report will simply indicate PASS.
For individuals who fail the exam, the scaled score will be provided along with diagnosis information will help identify strengths and weaknesses in each of the content areas covered by the VACC examination. Candidates should use the information to identify areas where additional study may be needed before retesting. The diagnostic level definitions are:
• Proficient – The score obtained is at or above the acceptable level, demonstrating an acceptable understanding of the content. A review of this area may be helpful prior to re-taking the exam.
• Marginal – The score obtained is marginally unacceptable, indicating that understanding of this content does not appear to be strong. Additional study is suggested.
• Deficient – The score obtained is below an acceptable level. Substantial study of this content area is recommended prior to re-taking the exam.
Due to the need to maintain test security, examination questions and answers will not be released to candidates. Under no circumstances will scores or pass/fail information be released over the phone or by fax.
The reason for calculating scaled scores is that different forms or versions of the exam may vary in difficulty. As new versions of the exams are introduced, a certain number of questions in each content area are replaced by new questions. These changes may cause one version of the exam to be slightly easier or harder than another version.
To adjust for these differences in difficulty, a statistical procedure called “equating” is used. The goal of equating is to ensure fairness to all candidates. In the equating process, the minimum raw score (number of correctly answered questions) required to equal the passing scaled score is statistically adjusted (or equated). For instance, if the exam is determined to be more difficult than the base form of the exam, then the minimum raw score required to pass will be slightly lower than the base passing raw score. If the exam is a bit easier, then the passing raw score will be slightly higher. Equating helps ensure that the passing scaled score represents the same level of knowledge, regardless of which version of the exam a candidate takes.
Yes, the VA-BC™ is accredited through the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies)
Is the VA-BC™ certification on the list of certifications accepted by the America Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program?
1. The VA-BC certification is on the Veterans Administration approved listing for nursing certifications.
2. The VA-BC is approved for veterans and other eligible persons utilizing the GI Bill for Reimbursement
3. VACC offers a discount to members of “Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs” Contact the NOVA organization for more information on obtaining the discount.
The certification is good for 3 years.
Your digital badge is e-mailed to you during the first week of July or January depending on when you take the exam.
You can share your digital badge to popular online social media and professional platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. It can also be embedded in a résumé, your personal website, or an even your email signature. Anyone who views your badge can select it to learn more about your certification and to verify its authenticity.
Your application is due December 1 if your certification ends December 31.
You will then not hear from VACC until June 5th if your certification cycle ends June 30th or December 5th if your certification cycle ends December 30th by email informing you that either:
1. You have successfully recertified; you will then receive an email with your digital badge the first week of July or January.
2. You have been chosen for audit; you will receive instructions on how to submit proof of your CEs.
Keep copies of all your CE certificates and activities in case you are audited.