Membership FAQ

Why does CPoCUS charge membership dues?

The society began charging membership dues in 2017, our 15th year of operations. This will significantly enhance the Society's ability to maintain the high standards of our certification processes and help us expand. 

There are many benefits to becoming a CPoCUS member. They are detailed here. Current IPs must pay membership dues in order to have access to these benefits.

 Those who wish to become certified (IP candidates) must pay membership dues prior to completing the examination series. 

Yearly dues are also required to keep your certification valid. 

I would like to make a donation to CPoCUS. How do I do this?

We would appreciate your help.We are happy to accept your donation here.


Certification FAQ

I am already an IP. How do I add lung to my certification?

If you were certified without Lung prior to December 31, 2017, then you can add this application to your CORE certification by reviewing those modules of the new CORE exams, which pertain to Lung and completing the CORE Lung Competency DeclarationThis online form is your affirmation that you have reviewed the new exams and are competent in performing the CORE Lung scans. Your membership dues must be paid to complete this process.

PLEASE NOTE: New IP candidates cannot use this process. They must complete all required scans and examinations for CORE Certification 

As of Jan 1, 2018, all new CORE IP candidates MUST have training and testing in all of the CORE indications including Lung. Until that time, IPs can be certified in the classic CORE indications without Lung.

How are the new CORE exams different from the old ones?

These exams have been completely re-designed and improved! The written and visual exams are now conducted online. The practical exams have been vastly improved. They are now an objective assessment of the image generation skills every IP should possess.

To find out more, click here.

What costs are associated with becoming an IP?

IP candidates pay a discounted first-year membership fee of $25 and a one-time certification processing fee of $100.

Pay your membership dues.

I am a very experienced PoCUS user. How do I challenge the IP certification process?

Members can challenge the IP certification process by following the instructions described here.

I am not a physician. May I become an IP?

Yes. Anyone can become an IP if they fulfill the requirements of certification. 

Where can I get a CPoCUS Logbook?

You can download the CPoCUS logbook pages and the logbook cover for CORE Certification here.

Entry into the CPoCUS certification process requires candidates to have completed an acceptable introductory course. Which introductory courses meet the CPoCUS criteria?

A list of CPoCUS-approved courses can be found here.

If the course you took is not listed, please contact the Society. Such courses can be approved on a case-by-case basis. An appropriate introductory course must cover the CORE indications and have an adequate amount of bedside scanning time. 

How do I find an IP certified instructor or a scanning workshop where I can be certified?

The Society appreciates that this can be quite a challenge. We are working on a centralized database of educational opportunities and contacts.

If you do not have access to a local instructor who can help you with your proctored scans and examinations, please contact the Society and we will do our best to assist you.

There are also several websites that you can visit for more information about scanning workshops/bootcamps: 

Island PoCUS - regular scanning workshops/bootcamps on Vancouver Island

EDE Bootcamp - regular workshops/bootcamps in Brantford, Ontario


Independent Practitioner FAQ

I have lost my IP certificate. How do I get a new one?

If you were certified after July 31st, 2017, and have paid both your yearly membership dues and certificate processing fee, you will be able to find your certificate (and CME credits)  in the "Downloads" section when you log into our site. 

If you were certified before July 31st, 2017, please contact us. If your membership dues have been paid for the year, we will create a downloadable certificate for you that can be accessed when you log into our site.

How do I add Lung to my CORE certification?

IPs who were certified before the release of the new CORE certification containing Lung (pneumothorax and pleural effusion) can add these indications to their existing certification in two ways:

(1) If you are not comfortable with the Lung scans, then you can work with an IP with who already has CORE certification with Lung and have the required number of proctored scans observed (10). You would then complete the new CORE examination series components that apply to Lung (i.e., practical, visual and written exam modules). Upon passing the exams, your examiner will submit an application for the new IP certificate.


(2) If you are experienced with the Lung scans, you must review the CORE examination elements as it pertains to Lung and then complete the CORE Lung Competency Declaration. This process will add a new certificate that includes Lung to your "Downloads" section of the website. 

If I currently do not have lung as part of my certification, what are my options for certifying others?

 1. Until the end of the calendar year (Dec 31, 2017), you will still have the option to certify someone in the CORE indications without Lung. After this date, all new IP candidates must complete the CORE certification including Lung and be proctored/examined by instructors who are also certified in Lung. 

2. You can add Lung to your certification by completing one of the two steps outlined above. Once you have obtained CORE certification that includes Lung, you can proctor and examine others wishing to achieve this status. 

How do I become a Master Instructor? What the benefits?

This process is outlined in detail here.

I am a Master Instructor. How do I recommend someone for Master Instructor status?

You can download the current Master Instructor recommendation form and email it to

Very soon this application will be available online - stay tuned! 

I would like to proctor and examine someone for the first time, how do I do this?

Please visit our Instructions for new examiners page for details.  

You must log scans in a CPoCUS logbook.