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Advanced Pain Management Practitioner (APMP) Certificate Program – Prescriber Edition
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Demonstrate Your Mastery of Pain Care!

As the largest network of pain management specialists, we hear from many prescribers who have spent years treating people with pain -- but haven't done a fellowship for one reason or another. While fellowship training is valuable, we also believe that practical experience and knowledge gained from helping patients every day should get the credit it deserves.

That's why we created the Advanced Pain Management Practitioner (APMP) certificate program ─ Prescriber Edition ─ which enables NPs, MDs, DOs, PAs, and CRNAs to officially document extensive pain management experience.
About the Program
This certificate program is the ONLY one of its kind! It demonstrates your knowledge of, and commitment to, integrative pain management methods, and has a special emphasis on pharmacotherapy. It aligns with best practices as defined by the National Pain Strategy, and was carefully created to include a solid overview of pain management (but it is not board certification and should not be represented as such).

How to Earn the APMP Certificate

To earn this certificate, you must do the following:

  1. Apply – The first step in the application process is to download the APMP Brochure and Application. You will need to fill out the entire application, and provide proof of five years clinical experience. This proof must show that 30% of your time has been spent working in pain management; you have a clear and unencumbered medical license; and you have documentation to show you've completed 50 units of CME on pain management completed within the previous two years. The fee for this program is $1,500 for members and $1,750 for non-members, and must be paid at the time of application.

  2. Complete the 14-hour, online APMP Curriculum Review Course (worth 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™) – Completion of the online Curriculum Review Course is required before applicants can schedule the examination and the 14 credits earned from the review course can be applied towards the 50 units of CME required for the application process. To help you prepare for the course -- and ultimately, the examination -- we recommend that you download and review the APMP Curriculum.

  3. Pass the Examination – Examinations are administered at computer-based testing centers across the United States. From the time of approval, candidates are given one year to schedule and complete the examination. The exam is made up of 200 questions, of which 180 are graded; candidates will be allotted four hours to complete the exam. If a candidate fails the exam, that person must wait 90 days and pay a retake fee of $100. Upon successful completion of the exam, the candidate will be issued a certificate distinguishing them as an APMP Certificate Holder. Find a testing center near you. You can also find further details on the testing process in the APMP brochure.

You've already put in so much time caring for people with pain. Now it's time to show it off. Get started today!

Useful resources for APMP candidates:

Note: Those who completed the program before the name was switched from the ACPP program to the APMP program, were distinguished either as an Advanced Diplomate or an Advanced Fellow of the AIPM (ADAIPM or AFAIPM). The AIPM no longer confers these titles.