HIV EXPERT

HIV Expert™ (AAHIVE) –physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and pharmacists working in non-clinical environments

ELIGIBILITY

LICENSURE:   Maintain a current, valid MD, DO, PA, NP or Pharmacist state license

EXPERIENCE:
  Direct, ongoing involvement or leadership in HIV care and treatment over the 24 months preceding the date of application, through service in one of the following realms:

  • Pharmaceutical Industry (admin/research/medical affairs)
  • Academia (admin/faculty)
  • Government (FDA, NIH, VA, CDC, military, etc.)
  • Other non-clinical environments without direct patient care activity

For each of these professional environments, applicants should be working in close proximity to or in direct contact with other clinical providers who do actively maintain direct patient contact.  Actual applicant experience should be explained in the notes section of the Credentialing application, and is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

EDUCATION:
  Complete a minimum of 30 credits of HIV-related Category 1 CME/CEU/CE within the 24 months preceding the date of application.  CME/CEU/CE is reported as a summary on the Credentialing application; actual course completion documents are required only if the application is audited.   SUBSTITUTIONS ACCEPTABLE:  Certain training programs, HIV-specific fellowships, lecturing, and many other types of educational activity are acceptable with explanation.  Concise education activity summary records help facilitate the application process and may be submitted separately by mail or fax for convenience; details are provided within the online Credentialing application.

NOTICE:  Beginning in calendar year 2018, this eligibility requirement will be changed to 45 hours of HIV-related CME in the 36 months prior to application for all candidates, new and renewing.

EXAM FEES

The AAHIVM Credentialing fee applies to ALL applicants, including new, renewing and expired/recertifying providers.  The fee applies to both AAHIVM Members and non-members.

PAYMENT TYPES ACCEPTED
The Academy accepts Visa, MasterCard, Amex, money orders, or checks.  Credit card payments are automatically processed when applying online.  The online application process should be utilized even when paying by check (select the appropriate option when applying, and then mail a check to AAHIVM Credentialing, 1705 DeSales Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20036).

ELECTRONIC PAYMENT RECEIPTS

An emailed payment receipt will be provided for online payments.

LATE FEE

Applications received between after July 15, 2017 for the Wave 1 Testing Window (August 17 – September 30) will be assessed a $25 late surcharge.

Applications for the Wave 2 Testing Window (November 17 – December 4) are not subject to this surcharge.

REFUNDS
The fee is refundable if an applicant is determined to be ineligible for the exam or if s/he withdraws from taking the exam before the start of the testing period.  The fee is not refundable if an applicant is approved to take the exam but does not pass on one or two attempts, or fails to “submit” an exam once exam access is provided.

  • Academy Member Online Format

    $270
  • Non Academy Member Online Format

    $330
  • Academy Member Paper Format

    $370
  • Non Academy Member Paper Format

    $430

RESULTS AND SCORING

Results Processing

Exam results are processed as a group in one scoring session, approximately 3 weeks after each exam completion deadline.  Examinees are notified of their result  via email and a follow-up secure “score report” mailing, sent directly from the Academy’s impartial testing vendor.  To ensure confidentiality, exam results will not be released via telephone, or fax by either AAHIVM or the testing vendor.  The score report notification is followed by additional official correspondence directly from AAHIVM.  Early submission of completed exam materials has no bearing on the result notification schedule.  Candidates who pass the exam receive a three-year Academy credential, valid starting January 1 of the year following testing activity.

Credentialed providers receive:

  • A frameable certificate
  • A complimentary lapel pin is available upon request (not available for AAHIVE)
  • Authorization for use of AAHIVS, AAHIVE or AAHIVP professional titling
  • Authorization for use of AAHIVS, AAHIVE or AAHIVP logos, per AAHIVM standards
  • Credentialed status listing on the “Referral Link” care resource directory
Retesting

Examinees who do not pass the exam on their first attempt in a given exam cycle (i.e., in “Wave 1”), or who submit anincomplete exam, or who are unable to submit any exam materials in Wave 1 are offered one opportunity to retest with no additional fee.  Complete details on re-testing (“Wave 2”) are provided when applicable. Examinees who do not pass the exam during the re-test session (Wave 2) will not have an additional opportunity to re-test again during that testing cycle, and must re-apply (and meet all eligibility requirements) in the following year for further consideration.  Note that there is never a public record of any unsuccessful attempt or non-passing result on any AAHIVM exam, and there is no refund of fees for candidates who do not achieve a passing score in the first or second Wave of testing in a given testing cycle.

Result Interpretation

AAHIVM exams are designed as pass/fail instruments.  Exams of this type are crafted to measure a minimum standard of knowledge, and are not designed to defensibly differentiate the meaning between varying passing scores that exceed the standard.  In compliance with certification examining practices, candidates who successfully complete the exam will only receive a “pass” status.  This allows for all examinees to be assessed on a level playing field when taking different forms of the exam.  This practice also emphasizes learning and prevents misuse of scores; for example, in the workplace, higher scores do not necessarily equate to better employee performance.  Candidates who do not pass the exam will be advised on the score report of the passing standard, and their actual numerical score.

Passing Standard Determination

In accordance with testing industry and published psychometric standards, the Academy employs a highly defensible passing score determination process for each testing cycle.  The passing standard is determined using a criterion-referenced method, which allows for the performance of each candidate taking the exam to be judged against a predetermined standard, rather than against other candidates.  The pass point varies for each examination cycle, based on a detailed statistical analysis of aggregated exam item performance data, and an “equating” process which corrects for slight variances in the statistical “difficulty” of periodically revised exam forms.  Statistically or anecdotally defective content is also identified at this step and removed from scoring.  The Academy’s contract psychometrician then provides to AAHIVM a defensible cut score (passing standard) range for the exam, and the AAHIVM Credentialing Governance committee reviews the proceedings and determines an exact passing standard (or number of items needed correct for a passing result) from within the defensible range.  The passing standard of the exam in any given year does not actually represent a percentage of passing candidates, nor the passing percentage of the exam.  This is due in part to the fact that each exam form contains a number of non-scored “experimental” items which are gaining statistical field history for scored use on future exams.  These items neither add to nor detract from an examinee’s score.  This is typical practice for statistical validation of future certification exam content.  Experimental items (and how many there are) are not revealed to the examinee.  Official scoring commences for all submitted online or written exam materials once the pass point is set.

Scoring Errors

Scoring of all AAHIVM exams is conducted electronically or via optical scanning in a highly secure environment by a third party testing vendor.  Scoring errors are extraordinarily rare.   If, however, a mechanical or administrative scoring error is suspected, examinees may request Hand Scoring Verification.  The cost for this service is not included in your AAHIVM testing fee.

To request Hand Scoring Verification, please download the form here.

EXAM RESOURCES

The Academy’s measurement programs adhere to a “knowledge management” approach to testing, mirroring problem solving activities that would occur in the actual treatment of patients.  AAHIVM testing instruments are designed with this approach in mind; that skilled providers of all kinds often need to access technical resources when solving complex clinical situations.

Accordingly, AAHIVM examinees may use any printed or online resource available to prepare for and complete the exam, but examinees must certify that they have completed their exam independently.  Violations of this policy can result in punitive actions, up to and including the revocation of an active or new credential, and/or permanent exclusion from the program.