All certified perfusionists must recertify annually. Recertification is designed to ensure that Certified Clinical Perfusionists, through continuing education and clinical activity, continue to meet standards and possess current and adequate knowledge in the field. Recertification contains two components:
- Clinical activity (reported every year)
- Professional activity (reported every third year)
Beginning with the 2013-2014 recertification period, all recertification reports must be filed online. The CCP may access his/her file and record cases and professional activity throughout the reporting period. To use the online filing system, go to the ABCP website at www.abcp.org, and click on the “Online Filing” button in the left column for directions. The ABCP National Office will provide assistance to CCPs who have questions or issues using the online filing system.
Clinical Activity Requirement
A Certified Clinical Perfusionist is required to perform a minimum of forty (40) clinical activities annually. Clinical activities are defined as follows:
Of the 40 clinical activities, a maximum of 15 activities may be documented intraoperative pump standbys and/or bypass first assistant. All cases must be documentable in an audit.
- Bypass, Primary
- Veno-Venous Bypass
- Pump Assisted Coronary and/or Organ Perfusion (PADCAB/isolated limb perfusion)
- Documented intraoperative pump standby
- Bypass, First Assistant
For each ECMO or VAD case, one case credit per 24 hours will be awarded for initiating and bedside managing ECMO/VAD (4-hour minimum) or bedside managing (6-hour minimum). No simultaneous credit will be awarded for managing multiple ECMO/VAD patients in this time period.
Cases performed as the Clinical Instructor in an accredited program are considered primary perfusions and may be included in this category. Students may also receive credit toward certification eligibility for the same case.
The “primary perfusionist” is the perfusionist who is responsible for the conduct of perfusion for 60% of the case and whom the hospital/institution recognizes as the primary perfusionist. Each case may be submitted for “primary perfusionist” credit by only one perfusionist.
The “first assistant” is the perfusionist whom the hospital/institution recognizes as the assistant to the primary perfusionist during the conduction of perfusion. Each case may be submitted for “first assistant” credit by only one perfusionist.
Clinical Activity Report
Each Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) must file an annual Clinical Activity Report, which contains the following:
- Clinical case summary
- Authorization for Release of Information form
- Hospital Address and Designated Authority information
- Recertification fee
Online filing for the Clinical Activity Report is available on the ABCP website: www.abcp.org. Recertification Reports must be submitted using the Online Filing System.
The first Clinical Activity Report for a newly certified perfusionist is due August 1st, in the year following the year in which he/she successfully completes the examination process. All Clinical Activity Reports are due on August 1st and cover the period of July 1st of the previous year through June 30th.
The Certified Clinical Perfusionist must sign all perfusion records in order for the designated authority to verify the Clinical Activity Report in the audit process.
The recertification reports must be submitted online.
Audit of Clinical Activity
The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion conducts an audit to ensure the accuracy of the Clinical Activity Report in order to maintain high standards and quality assurance. A percentage of Clinical Activity Reports are chosen randomly each year for audit.
The audit process is conducted by the Chief Perfusionist, Operating Room Director or other designated hospital authority. The Clinical Activity Report and the signed Authorization for Release of Information form are sent to the designated authority for verification.
It is necessary for each CCP to list a designated hospital authority for each hospital in which cases are reported. The designated hospital authorities and the addresses for the authorities must be listed on the Adding a Hospital screen online.
If the cases cannot be verified by the designated authority, the perfusionist is contacted to provide verification of the cases and explain discrepancies. The perfusionist is ultimately responsible to provide verification of the cases and explain discrepancies. Should fraudulent cases be discovered, the issue is submitted to the ABCP Ethics Committee for appropriate actions.
Professional Activity Requirement
During each three-year reporting period every Certified Clinical Perfusionist must earn 45 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). A minimum of fifteen (15) CEUs must be earned in Category I. (See Summary of Recertification Activity table at end of this information.)
Recertification is automatic, provided all reports and forms are completed, filed on time and accompanied by the appropriate filing fee.
Professional Activity Report
Each CCP must file a Professional Activity Report every third year, which contains the following:
Online filing for the Professional Activity Report is available on the ABCP website: www.abcp.org. Recertification reports must be submitted online.
- Documentation of continuing education efforts. Documentation is based on the Continuing Educational Unit (CEU); one CEU or contact hour activity is defined as fifty (50) minutes spent in an organized, structured or unstructured learning experience.
- The Clinical Activity Report and filing fee must accompany the Professional Activity Report.
The period covered in a Professional Activity Report is from July 1st of one year through June30th three years later. Filing the Professional Activity Report is determined by the ABCP Cycle number, which is assigned at the time of certification.
- Cycle one (1) must file in 2014, 2017, 2020, etc.
- Cycle two (2) must file in 2016, 2019, 2022, etc.
- Cycle three (3) must file in 2015, 2018, 2021, etc.
Recertification Filing Deadline
All reporting periods end on June 30th. All reports must be completed and filed online with the appropriate fee no later than midnight August 1st.
Certified perfusionists submitting recertification reports after August 1st through August 31st will be assessed a late fee of $75.00.
Extension of Certification Period
Certified Clinical Perfusionists who are unable to fulfill recertification requirements by the end of a reporting period may request an extension of the filing deadline as follows:
- Requests must be made in writing by the August 1st filing deadline.
- The appropriate report(s) (Clinical Activity Report and/or Professional Activity Report) must be submitted, complete with all activity up to June 30th and the appropriate filing fee.
- If approved, the deadline will be extended to December 31st at which time the application must be completed and a late fee ($75.00) paid.
- An extension will not be granted to an individual more than once during a three-year period or to an individual on conditional certification.
A CCP who fails to submit the completed recertification report with appropriate fee by the August 1st deadline and does not formally request an extension will be placed on conditional certification.
A perfusionist on conditional certification must apply to the ABCP for reinstatement before the next August 1st filing deadline. The petition statement must include:
- An explanation in writing of the reasons for not completing the recertification requirements (clinical activity) for the previous year;
- A completed recertification report for the current reporting year comprising 40 cases with the first 25 cases cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) which are supervised and verified by a current CCP (Report forms for Conditional Certification are available on the Application and Recertification Forms button); and
- Payment of all normal filing fees, a $75.00 Late Filing Fee and a Reinstatement Fee of $75.00.
If unable to successfully complete the reinstatement requirements for conditional certification, the perfusionist must request “extended leave” status in writing prior to the August 1st deadline of the conditional certification year.
Extended leave gives the perfusionist placed on conditional certification for clinical inactivity an additional year after the conditional certification year to complete the following clinical requirements:
- A completed recertification report for the current reporting year comprising 40 cases with the first 25 cases cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) which are supervised and verified by a current CCP (Report forms for Extended Leave are available on the Application and Recertification Forms button); and
- Payment of all normal filing fees, a $75.00 Late Filing Fee and a Reinstatement Fee of $75.00.
If unable to satisfy the above requirements, reinstatement will be granted upon successful completion of the CAPE prior to the December 31 deadline of the “extended leave” year.
If none of the above requirements are completed by December 31 of the extended leave year, it will be necessary to successfully complete all steps listed in the “Re-entry into the Certification Process” section of the Booklet of Information.
Individuals on clinical activity conditional certification and extended leave are required to complete the Professional Activity Report (PAR) during the conditional certification period.
Loss of Certification
A CCP will lose certification if he/she:
The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion shall be the sole judge of whether or not the information before it is sufficient to require or permit revocation of any certificate issued by the ABCP, and the decision of the ABCP thereon shall be final. Certified Clinical Perfusionists who lose or are in danger of losing certification may make formal written appeal to the ABCP.
- is on conditional certification or extended leave and does not successfully meet the requirements for reinstatement; or
- is found guilty of unethical conduct as described in the Ethical Standards of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion or falsifies any portion of a recertification report.
Re-entry into the Certification Process
A perfusionist may petition the ABCP for reentry into the certification process, and then meet the following stipulations:
The ABCP must approve perfusionists who have lost certification because of unethical conduct for re-entry.
- Apply for, take and pass the appropriate examination(s):
- If uncertified for less than three years, applicant must take the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination only. No perfusionist may utilize this option in two consecutive recertification cycles.
- If uncertified for three years or more, the applicant must take both the Perfusion Basic Science Examination and the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination and submit a list of 50 clinical perfusions performed since date of his/her request, and submit a letter of clinical competency from his/her supervisor.
- Remit the appropriate examination fee(s).
- Remit a Reinstatement Fee of $250.00.
Upon receipt of a completed recertification report and appropriate fee(s), a new time-limited certificate will be issued to each CCP every third year. For the ensuing years, dated stickers will be issued which must be attached to the current certificate to extend the certificate’s validity. The certificates and date stickers issued by the ABCP are the sole property of the ABCP and may be canceled at its discretion. By acceptance of the certificate, the holder agrees to return the certificate to the ABCP upon demand. Presentation and display of the certificate is permitted only when it is current and valid. Presentation, display, or any other use of an outdated, invalid certificate is expressly prohibited.
At times, a CCP will be unable to maintain certification because of a deficiency in either clinical and/or professional activity. For this reason, and because many individuals wish to maintain an acknowledgment of having been certified, an inactive status may be requested. Individuals on Inactive Status will receive all publications from the ABCP and have their names published in the Booklet of Information. The mechanism for obtaining inactive status is:
- After notification of loss of certification, notify the ABCP National Office of the desire to be placed on Inactive Status.
- Sign an agreement to discontinue the use of the title, “CCP.”
- Remit annual fee to the ABCP National Office prior to August 1st.
Beginning January 1, 2014, the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion has approved the designation of CCP Emeritus to recognize retiring CCPs with 20 or more cumulative years of experience as a CCP in good standing, and to acknowledge their former certified status.
To be conferred with this status the following stipulations must be met:
- The retiring CCP, with 20 or more cumulative years of experience as a CCP in good standing, must request the CCP Emeritus status within 30 days of losing certification (January 31 of the year that certification is lost).
- He/she must agree to use the title CCP Emeritus and not to use the title CCP, CCP-R, Certified Clinical Perfusionist, or Certified Clinical Perfusionist Retired.
- He/she must maintain a current mailing/email address on file with the ABCP National Office.
Once the CCP Emeritus status is conferred, his/her name will be published on the ABCP website with the title CCP-Emeritus, and he/she will be provided with a certificate recognizing his/her service as a CCP. The CCP Emeritus will also receive the ABCP Annual Report and any other appropriate ABCP publications. There is no fee associated with this status.
Change of Address
Certified Clinical Perfusionists are responsible for informing the National Office of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion of their current address. The CCP should update the Online Filing System with the address change and notifying the National Office.
Continuing education units are categorized according to type of educational activity. The following is a description of the various continuing education categories.
Category I – Accredited Perfusion Meetings and Other Perfusion Related Activity.
Perfusion meetings are those programs and seminars in which a minimum of 75% of the contact hours consists of perfusion related material. Only those events approved by the ABCP will qualify for Category I CEUs. Examples include:
Category II – Non-Accredited Perfusion Meetings and Other Medical Meetings.
- International, national, regional, and state perfusion meetings.
- Real-time interactive webinars attached to approved Category I meetings.
- Publication of perfusion related book chapter or paper in a professional journal.
- Presentation at an international, national, regional or state perfusion meeting.
- Participation in the ABCP Knowledge Base Survey.
- Completion of ABCP approved Self Directed Continuing Education (SDCE) material. Self-Directed Continuing Education (SDCE) is education provided to individuals who are not physically ‘onsite.’ Rather than attending meetings or courses in person, participants may communicate at times of their own choosing by exchanging printed or electronic media, or through technology that allows them to communicate in real time. This activity may be either online or in written format. Participant must take the required post-test and achieve a minimum score of 80% to receive credit.
- Completion of ABCP approved High Fidelity Perfusion Simulation (HFPS). The HFPS activity must meet the following criteria: Perfusion simulation must be an interactive process facilitated by ABCP certified perfusionists using standardized high fidelity medical simulation devices in an ABCP approved meeting that supports learning. Simulation scenarios must be reproducible, reliable and valid. Simulation scenarios must integrate one of the following for each simulation: lecture, training module, fireside chat or panel discussion. The length must be no less than 50 minutes of active simulation activity. One credit is awarded for every 50 minutes of educational activity.
- Clinical Instructor in an accredited school of perfusion.
Category II includes international, national, regional, state and local meetings that have not been approved for CEU credit by the ABCP. Examples include:
Category III – Individual Education and Other Self-Study Activities Not Approved for Category I Credit
- International, national, regional, and state, perfusion meetings that have not been accredited by the ABCP.
- Local perfusion meetings (do not require ABCP accreditation).
- Any perfusion meeting NOT EQUALLY ACCESSIBLE to the general CCP community, including manufacturer-specific and company-sponsored educational activities.
- International, national, regional, or local medically-related meetings.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
Credit in Category III is acquired on an hour for hour basis of the time spent in these non-accredited or non-supervised activities. Examples include:
- Reading or viewing medical journals, audiovisual, or other educational material.
- Participation in electronic forums.
- Participation in a journal club.
- Participation in degree-oriented, professionally related course work.
- Presentation of perfusion topic at a nonperfusion meeting.
- Didactic instructor in an accredited school of perfusion.
- Participation in an ABCP survey or examination development meeting.
- Participation in a site visitors workshop or as a site visitor for perfusion program accreditation.
- Membership in a professional perfusion organization at the international, national, or state level.
- Basic Life Support training.
It is the responsibility of each perfusionist to retain supporting documentation reflecting the activity in which he or she has been engaged which would support professional activities. Random audits will be performed annually on a percentage of Professional Activity Reports as a validating procedure. Failure to produce the necessary documentation, should the perfusionist be the subject of the random audit, could result in loss of the CCP credential. The perfusionist is ultimately responsible to provide verification of professional activity and explain discrepancies. Acceptable documentation is as follows:
Category III – Self Study Activities Not Approved for Category I Credit
- Approved Perfusion Meetings and webinars: An official document from the meeting sponsor documenting attendance and the number of CEUs received.
- Perfusion Publications: Complete reference of book or article (authors, title, journal, and date/volume of journal).
- Perfusion Presentation: Copy of program agenda.
- Participation in ABCP Knowledge Base Survey: Documentation will be kept by the ABCP. No additional documentation is necessary.
- Self Directed Continuing Education (SDCE) Material: An official document from the sponsor documenting successful completion of post-test on ABCP approved material and number of CEUs awarded.
- High Fidelity Perfusion Simulation (HFPS): An official document from the sponsor that documents the type of perfusion activity performed, amount of active simulation time, and CCPs involved in the practicum.
- Clinical instructors in accredited programs must provide a letter of confirmation of their status from the Program Director.
- A certificate of attendance issued by a professional organization that states the CEUs awarded.
- A record of attendance.
CONTINUING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM APPROVAL
- All self-study activities will require an official record of completion or written summary of the activity.
- Didactic instructors in accredited programs must provide a letter of confirmation of their status from the Program Director; course title and contact hours must be documented by the Program Director.
- Participation in an ABCP Survey or Examination Development Meeting will be kept by the ABCP and will not require additional documentation.
- Documentation of membership is a professional perfusion organization will be required for the period reported.
Category I CEU Approval Procedure
Only international, national, regional, and state perfusion meetings, webinars, and SDCEs approved in advance by the ABCP, may qualify for Category I CEUs. Sponsors of international, national, regional, and state perfusion meetings must complete all requirements for approval prior to the date of the meeting. No event will be approved for Category I CEUs after the date of the meeting.
The ABCP does not authorize the use of phrases indicating that approval by the ABCP is pending. The advertising or marketing of a meeting as having ABCP approval without written confirmation is expressly prohibited.
The procedure for obtaining ABCP approval for programs seeking Category I CEUs is as follows:
The ABCP National Office will notify the meeting sponsor of any deficiency in the application. Upon receipt of a completed application, the ABCP will assign the appropriate CEUs and notify the sponsor within 14 days. Applications not completed thirty (30) days prior to date of meeting must include a $100.00 Late Fee. Applications not completed by the date of the meeting will NOT be approved for Category I CEUs.
- The ABCP National Office should receive requests at least thirty days prior to the date of the meeting. All information must be transmitted in electronic format.
- A completed application must be submitted including:
- the completed Professional Continuing Education Request for Program Approval form including Form and Schedule tabs available from our website: http://abcp.org/CEU_forms.htm.
- a sample of the meeting evaluation form, a daily sign-in sheet, a certificate or letter of CEU credit;
- a list of faculty with titles, credentials and/or qualifications; and
- an application fee which may be paid by check or credit card.
- CEU Fee Structure (beginning January 1, 2014):
- Tier I – from 1-10 CEUs at $150
- Tier II – from 11-20 CEUs at $250
- Tier III – from 21-30 CEUs at $350
- Tier IV – for 31 or more CEUs at $450
Self-Directed Continuing Education (SDCE) Material
To obtain Category I credit, the SDCE material should meet the following criteria:
- SDCE content must meet all current Category I meeting requirements.
- The length should be 50 minutes of activity or ten full pages of text per CEU.
- Include a post-test that contains a minimum of eight questions per CEU. Post-tests are to be graded by the sponsor and participants are to achieve an 80% pass rate in order to receive credit.
- Application fee for SDCE shall be from the CEU Tiered Fee table and be payable to the ABCP.
- SDCE material available for more than one year must have CEUs renewed each year.
Attendance Verification Policy
SUMMARY OF RECERTIFICATION ACTIVITY
All Category I CEU approved meetings will require participants to sign-in once a day to verify attendance. Photo identification will be required for participants to obtain registration materials. Meeting sponsors are required to clearly post or display the sign-in period(s).
Meeting sponsors are required to provide verification to all attendees in the form of an official document such as a letter or certificate, specifying the total number of CEUs earned by each individual. This letter or certificate will serve as official verification of attendance and CEUs earned. Sponsors are required to maintain attendance records for four years.
CATEGORY I — ABCP Approved Perfusion Meetings and Related Activity
[A minimum of 15 units must be from this category]
Maximum CEUs per item
||Maximum CEUs in 3-year period
|Attendance at an International, National, Regional, or State Meeting or webinar of same Approved by the ABCP
| Publication of Perfusion-Related Book Chapter or Article in Professional Journal
| Presentation of a Talk at an International, National, Regional, or State Perfusion Meeting
|Presentation of a Poster or Other Exhibit at an International, National, Regional, or State Perfusion Meeting
|Participation in ABCP Knowledge Base Survey
|High Fidelity Perfusion Simulation (HFPS)
2 (per year)
|Serving as a Clinical Instructor in an Accredited Perfusion Training Program
CATEGORY II — Non-Approved Perfusion Meetings and Other Medical Meetings
|Maximum CEUs per item
|Maximum CEUs in 3-year period
|| International, National, Regional, or State Perfusion Meeting/International, National, Regional, or State Medical Meeting Not approved by the ABCP
||Local Perfusion Meetings
||Medical Meeting or Perfusion Meeting not accessible to all perfusionists or Manufacturer-
Specific or Company Sponsored Educational Events
|| All Other Medical Meetings (e.g. Hospital-Based Grand Rounds, Inservices, M&M,
Cath Conferences, etc.)
||Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
CATEGORY III — Individual Education and Other Self-Study Activities
|Maximum CEUs per item
|Maximum CEUs in 3-year period
|1 (per contact hour)
||Serving as a Didactic Instructor in an Accredited Perfusion Training Program
|1 (per contact hour)
||ABCP Examination Development Workshop or Survey
|1 (per contact hour)
|| Participation in an AC-PE Site Visitors Workshop/or as an AC-PE Site Visitor
|1 (per activity)
Self Learning Activities
• Use of Audiovisual Devices/ Electronic Forums
• Reading Scientific Journals
• Participation in Journal Club
• Participation in degree oriented, professionally related course work
• Self-study modules
• Basic Life Support (BLS)
|1 (per activity)
||Presentation at non-approved meeting
|1 (per activity)
|| Membership in a professional perfusion organization at the international, national, or state level