Clinical Breast Examination Certification Program

The Clinical Breast Examination Certification Program is offered at our annual conference in Las Vegas, NV to promote consistent breast health care throughout the nation. This certification is available to licensed healthcare professionals (physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and radiologic technologists). This program is designed to utilize standardization of Clinical Breast Examination Skills to accomplish CBE's Paramount Objective, i.e., Detection of any DOMINANT breast mass, as another early detection tool to ultimately reduce breast cancer deaths.

CBE certification is approved by the America Nurses Credentialing Centers Magnet Recognition Program. Practitioners employed by Magnet Facilities can use CBEC designation in their credentials after successfully completing the examinations.

The program with test practice is held on Tuesday. Examinations will be administered on Wednesday of the scheduled dates. As of this date, over 307 Breast Health Professionals have been CBEC certified by the NCBC.

The cost for Breast Health professionals (physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and radiology technologists) is $895.00 with a limited number of registrants at each program. You must be an NCBC member to participate.

What is CBE Certification?

CBE certification is the process by which the National Consortium of Breast Centers validates, based upon predetermined standards, a licensed breast health professional's knowledge in the performance of a clinical breast examination. The purpose is to assure the public that the certified licensed breast health care provider has completed the NCBC CBE Certification Program and has met minimum knowledge and performance standards by recognizing the individual who has met these standards. This certification is a validation of an individual's performance of a Clinical Breast Examination, their Core Knowledge and their Tactile Skills in lump detection. Candidates who pass the CBEC™ may use the mark CBEC® to verify they have met all eligibility and testing requirements. This may be used only while valid, after which time certification may be renewed.

There are three levels of Certifiation. Level III is attained when a score of 85% or better is achieved on all three examinationsLevel II is attained when a score of 85% or better is achieved on two of the three examinations. This represents a partial CBE Certifcation and does not allow the professional to use the CBEC credentials. Level I is attained when a score of 85% or better is achieved on one of the three examinations. This also represents a partial CBE Certification. and does not allow the professional to use the CBEC credentials. Certificates of Completion will be awarded to Level I and Level II graduates. Level III graduates will be awarded a CBE Certification and a Certification Pin. All individuals graduating one or more tests will be posted on the NCBC website.

Program Overview

This certification program is designed to utilize standardization of Clinical Breast Examination Skills to accomplish CBE's Paramount Objective (i.e. detection of any dominant breast mass, as another early detection tool to ultimately reduce breast cancer deaths). The standardization will be accomplished through an intensive review of Core Breast Knowledge, BSE Technique, Breast Oriented History, Performance of a Physical Breast Examination, Breast Imaging, Diagnostic Procedures with Breast Pathology, Follow-up Recommendations and Risk Management.

A thorough tactile skills laboratory and a CBE performance practice sessions will follow the CBE morning demonstration. Professionals seeking certification are asked to study the core knowledge section of the binder prior to the program. This program will not include a core knowledge presentation as this should be mostly a review for licensed medical professionals. A question and answer period is provided to answer any questions on this material for clarification.

There are three levels of Certifiation. Level III is attained when a score of 85% or better is achieved on all three examinationsLevel II is attained when a score of 85% or better is achieved on two of the three examinations. This represents a partial CBE Certifcation and does not allow the professional to use the CBEC credentials. Level I is attained when a score of 85% or better is achieved on one of the three examinations. This also represents a partial CBE Certification. and does not allow the professional to use the CBEC credentials. Certificates of Completion will be awarded to Level I and Level II graduates. Level III graduates will be awarded a CBE Certification and a Certification Pin. All individuals graduating one or more tests will be posted on the NCBC website.

Eligibility

Those eligible for CBEC™ certification include licensed healthcare professionals (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and radiologic technologists).

Certification Program Preparation

This program is very intense and fast paced. Resource material is provided to all participants approximately one month prior to the program. The resourse material contains the major concepts that will be presented during the program and information that will be on the testing units. Also included in the resource materials are supplemental reading suggestions, website links as well as a vocabulary list to assist in the understanding of program material. Although CBE certification requires an understanding of basic core knowledge and a test will be administered to demonstrate competency, this program will not teach core knowledge as a didactic segment. The program presentation will consist of an in depth demonstration of a Clinical Breast Examination that integrates core knowledge throughout the steps and procedures through the use of case studies. It is strongly advises that program attendees thoroughly study and have full comprehension of the core knowledge section contained in the binder prior to coming to the program. A question and answer period will be available to clarify any issues regarding core knowledge.

A full half day is devoted to practice and observation in preparation for the examinations on Sunday. Each participant will have one-on-one time with test evaluators and will be able to observe others in group settings.

Before the Program

Please review your agenda and the study provided to you via email.

What to Bring

  • Your study material
  • Your printed case studies
  • A laptop or tablet to take notes (optional)
  • A light sweater or sweatshirt to keep warm if the room is cool

During the Program

Please be sure phones and pagers are off or set to vibrate to avoid distraction during lecture time.

While in the Testing Rooms

Please be sure phones and pagers are off to avoid distraction during testing.

Hygiene

Fingernails should be cut to a comfortable length for the live performance model and to avoid damage to the tactile models. Please avoid health usage of perfumes and colognes.

Exams and Scores

There are three exams: the didactic written exam, the performance observation exam and the tactile exam which tests lump detection and tactile techniques. A score of 85% or better must be achieved on the test to be certified in this CBE skill set. (A score of 85% or better must be achieved on all three exams to receive CBE Certification.)

Certification Exam Re-Takes

If an individual did not pass one or more of the exams, and the individual is still at the same facility that paid for their CBE training and testing, the individual may, at the next available certification offering, or through special arrangements at another site, 1) audit the program, 2) participate in practice sessions, 3) sit for the core knowledge exam and 4) retake the tactile and performance tests during assigned test retake times within one year. If the individual did not pass one or more of the exams and is no longer employed by the facility that paid for their CBE program, NCBC cannot honor test retakes at no cost. Performance and Tactile test retakes will be at a fee of $300 each and the core knowledge test retake will be at a fee of $100. Currently exam retakes are offered annually during the NCoBC National Conference in Las Vegas.

Annual Renewal

CBE certification must be renewed annually with re-certification taking place during year five. To receive the annual renewal, CBE Certified Breast Health Care Professionals are required to submit validated documentation pertaining to performance of clinical breast exams or correlative physical breast assessments from the current year.

As of this date, re-certification has been extended to every 5 years. Re-certification involves the retaking and passing only the CBE performance examination. Renewal must still be completed annually online.  You will need to pay the renewal fee and include your 5 required CEUs.

Click here to renew your CBEC online.