Based on extensive feedback from BRPT credential holders about the need for a specialty exam for pediatric sleep, the BRPT has announced the development of an online Pediatric Sleep Certificate Exam. This new exam for pediatric sleep will be available during the first quarter of 2020. Successful candidates will be awarded an assessment-based certificate.
The BRPT’s Pediatric Sleep Committee, chaired by BRPT Board member Michael McLeland, PhD., M.Ed., BA, RPSGT, is comprised of experienced Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) familiar with the BRPT’s test development processes, and current professional issues. The Committee conducted a Job Task Analysis (JTA) to inform a high-quality testing program. The JTA methodology involved collecting and aggregating information and insights from job incumbents and occupational experts to determine the content specifications for the test blueprint. A large component of the process is an electronic survey to gather ratings of tasks and knowledge requirements from clinical sleep health professionals. Results of the survey were reviewed by the Committee to obtain their input and judgments regarding current trends in the profession and the importance of the knowledge for competent performance in the field as it pertains to pediatric sleep.
RPSGT and CCSH credential holders will be eligible to sit for the BRPT’s Pediatric Sleep Certificate Exam. Upon receiving a passing score on this new exam, candidates will be awarded an assessment-based certificate in pediatric sleep.
About The Pediatric Certificate Sleep Exam
The exam will consist of 75-100 multiple choice questions covering four major domain areas:
- Domain 1: Pediatric Sleep Disorders
- Domain 2: Pediatric Preparation and Study Performance
- Domain 3: Pediatric Scoring
- Domain 4: Pediatric Treatment Options and Guidelines
An exam blueprint with details on the specific task areas will be available closer to launch. The online exam will cost $150.
Preparing For The Pediatric Sleep Certificate Exam
- Carefully study the exam blueprint to ensure familiarity with the domain areas and corresponding tasks.
- Review the recommended reference books.
- Stay tuned for a new pediatric sleep-focused education program – coming from the AAST – to help candidates prepare to sit for this new exam. Note: This program is not required to sit for the exam; it is intended as a resource to help candidates prepare for the exam. More details will be forthcoming.
An assessment-based certificate is not time-limited and does not require subsequent activities to maintain it. Assessment-based certificate holders are not awarded a credential, an acronym or letters for use after their names.