In achieving certification, the Certified Health Physicist recognizes and assumes the responsibilities due the profession of health physics. To uphold the professional integrity of health physics implied by certification, the relations of the Certified Health Physicist with other individuals and groups including clients, colleagues, governmental agencies, and the general public shall always be based upon and reflect the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity. Each certificant has a professional and ethical obligation to practice only in those areas of health physics in which he or she is competent. To maintain technical competence, the Certified Health Physicist has a commitment to remain professionally active in the field of health physics and knowledgeable of scientific, technical and regulatory developments in the field.
The American Board of Health Physics offers Comprehensive Certification in Health Physics. Between 1979 and 1993, the ABHP offered a specialty certification in Power Reactor Health Physics. While a separate specialty certification is no longer offered, the Part II examination contains questions dealing with problems similar to those encountered in power reactor health physics.
The certification examinations are normally given once a year at the time of the Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society. They are held at the location of the Society's meeting and at other selected locations where the demand warrants.
Information regarding requirements for Certification, examination procedures and fees, and application materials are available from:
Richard J. Burk, Jr., Executive Secretary
American Board of Health Physics
1313 Dolley Madison Boulevard., Suite 402
McLean, VA 22101
Caution - The information in this booklet about the exam specifics and other matters are believed to be correct at the time of publishing; however, the Board has revised the procedures and criteria in the past, and reserves the right to do so in the future. The candidate is advised to review the current copy of the ABHP Prospectus for the current policy
Revised: February 2004
|Section 1||Message to Candidates|
|Section 2||Exam Locations, Exam Scheduling, and Re-Examinations|
|Section 3||Content of Examination|
|Section 4||Examination Topics - Role Delineation|
|Section 5||Exam Strategy|
|Section 6||Grading Criteria|
|Section 7||Suggested Study References|
|Section 8||Part I - Typical Questions and Answers|
|Section 9||Part II - Copies of Past Part II Exams|