Steps of the Certification Process

Phase I – Validation of Credentials

1. The Applicant will have to check if one is educationally qualified to apply for the Certification Process. Please refer to Requirements.

2. The Applicant will have to request for all necessary forms from the Examination Committee office. 

3. The Applicant will submit complete documents and corresponding application fee for Phase I - Verification of Credentials to the Examination Committee office at anytime of the year.

4. After verifying the documents, the Secretariat will inform the applicant of their eligibility to take Phase II - Qualifying Written Examination. A letter will be sent to the applicant informing them of the outcome of their application and eligibility to apply for Phase II - Qualifying Written Examination.

5. Applicants are not considered to be in the certification process until they have taken Phase II - Qualifying Written Examination.

6. Upon completing Phase I - Validation of Credentials, an applicant has two (2) years to initiate the examination process.

Phase II – Qualifying Written Examination (QWE)

1. The Applicant will check the schedule of the Qualifying Written Examination and determine when to take it.

2. The Applicant can secure Qualifying Written Examination Form from the Examination Committee office.

3. The Applicant will submit Qualifying Written Examination Form and corresponding fee to the Examination Committee office and get a copy of the required Reading List.

4. All applications must be received on or before November 1 to be considered for the Qualifying Written Examination scheduled every first Monday of February.

5. Upon receipt of the Qualifying Written Examination Form and fee, the Secretariat will inform the applicant of the dates of Phase II – Qualifying Written Examination.

6. The Qualifying Written Examination will be scheduled for two (2) days from 8 am to 5 pm at a venue to be announced.

7. The applicant will be advised thru registered mail as to the outcome (Pass or Fail) of the Phase II - Qualifying Written Examination.

Phase III – Case Presentation (CP)

1. The Candidate will check the schedule of the Case Presentation and determine when to take it.

2. The Candidate can secure the Case Presentation form together with the Case Presentation Handbook and Affidavits from the Downloads section from the Examination Committee office.

3. The Candidate will submit Case Presentation Form and corresponding fee to the Examination Committee office.

4. All applications must be received on or before April 15 to be considered for the submission of the Case Presentation on June 15 of the same year.

5. Completed Case Presentation must be submitted on or before June 15 and will involve evaluation of the cases submitted and an oral examination to assess the candidate's treatment planning ability and knowledge of various aspects of treatment.

6. The applicant will be advised by mail as to the outcome (Pass or Fail) of the Phase III - Case Presentation.

Phase IV – Case Oral Review Examination (CORE)

1. The Candidate will check the schedule of the Case and Oral Review Examination and determine when to take it.

2. The Candidate can secure from the Examination Committee office the Case and Oral Review Form.

3. The Candidate will submit Case and Oral Review Form and corresponding fee to the Examination Committee office.

4. All applications must be received on or before August 15 to be considered for the Case and Oral Review Examination schedule on the 3rd Monday of November. Afterwhich, a letter will be sent with the date of the Phase IV - Case and Oral Review Examination.

5. Sit for the Phase IV – Case and Oral Review Examination on the date and venue to be announced.

6. The applicant will be advised by mail as to the outcome (Pass or Fail) of the Phase IV - Case and Oral Review Examination.

Renewal of Certification Examination (ROCE)

1. On your 9th year as a Diplomate of the PBPD, check the schedule of the Renewal of Certification Examination for the year.

2. Secure ROCE form from the Examination Committee office.

3. Submit ROCE form and corresponding fee to the Examination Committee office.

4. All applications must be received on or before November 1 to be considered for the next Renewal of Certification Examination in Feb of the next year.

5. A letter will be sent with the date of the Renewal of Certification Examination.

6. Sit for the ROCE and a letter will be sent that you have passed ROCE.

Maintaining Candidate Status

1. To maintain Candidate status, you have to annually file an Annual Credentials Survey of Candidates and pay the maintenance fee to the Secretariat by March 1 of the calendar year.

2. Failure to pay the fee results in loss of Candidate status. Candidate status can be regained by completion of reactivation application and payment of delinquent fees.

3. The Candidate is given 6 years to complete the Certification Process from the time he/she takes the Qualifying Written Examination.

4. The Candidate is not considered a Diplomate not unless he/she has finished all the phases of the Certification Process.

Maintaining Diplomate Status

1. To maintain Diplomate status, you have to annually file an Annual Credentials Survey of Diplomates and pay the maintenance fee to the Secretariat by March 1 of the calendar year (Part 1).

2. Submit a list and photocopy of certificate of participation documenting 15 hours of continuing education (Part 2).

3. Accomplish Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) modules for the previous year (Part 4).

4. Diplomates will be notified by the PBPD secretariat only during their ninth year that they must complete the ROC prior to the termination of their ten-year, time-limited certificate.