Temporary Eligibility for the CAQ Exam
In the event that a physician assistant applying for a CAQ is under review by the NCCPA, but his or her current PA-C certification is still valid, the individual will be permitted to apply for and take the CAQ exam. However, the examination score will not be released, and the individual will not receive the CAQ, until a final decision has been reached and the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of NCCPA.
Temporary Eligibility for CAQ Maintenance
In the event that a physician assistant applying for CAQ maintenance is under review by the NCCPA, but his or her current PA-C certification is still valid, the individual will be permitted to apply for and participate in the CAQ maintenance activities. However, the individual will not receive credit for CAQ maintenance until a final decision has been reached and the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of NCCPA.
To ensure the reliability and accuracy of the CAQ and maintenance processes, NCCPA may audit the requirements of physician assistants who have applied for a CAQ or have successfully completed the CAQ process. PAs who fail the audit or refuse to submit to an audit may be subject to loss of the CAQ and/or other disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate by NCCPA and in accordance with the Policy and Procedures for Disciplinary Review.
Loss of Eligibility
If a physician assistant loses eligibility for a CAQ after submitting the application and fee, he or she will be deemed ineligible and restricted from registering for the exam or from maintenance of CAQ activity, or will be withdrawn from the examination or maintenance activity if registration has already been processed.
PAs must fulfill all outstanding financial debts and any applicable fees to NCCPA prior to becoming eligible to apply for a CAQ or for CAQ maintenance.
If a PA loses eligibility for a CAQ or CAQ maintenance after submitting the respective application and fees or if, at any time, it is determined that a PA provided incorrect eligibility information on any NCCPA application, the PA shall forfeit all fees.
Scores from the CAQ exams will be released to examinees after NCCPA has completed all scoring and validation processes. Physician assistants may not register to repeat an examination if they have scores pending from a previous administration of the same examination. If a PA is deemed ineligible for the CAQ after taking the exam but prior to the release of exam scores, the exam scores will be invalidated and not reported to the PA.
Nothing in this policy shall limit or prevent NCCPA from imposing sanctions as set forth in its Policy and Procedures for Disciplinary Review.
Certificate of Added Qualifications Reinstatement
Physician assistants who lose a CAQ for any reason must begin the CAQ process anew by meeting all eligibility requirements for the CAQ, including passing the CAQ examination.