For IP Certified Members

1. 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 annual membership dues and certificate processing fee, you will be able to find your certificate (and CME credits) by logging in and selecting the "Downloads" tab at the top of the page. 

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.

2. I forgot my IP number. Where can I find it?

Your IP number is indicated on your IP certificate. If you have misplaced your IP certificate, please see FAQ#1 above.

3. I am already an Independent Practitioner (IP). How do I add Lung to my CORE certification?

If you were certified without Lung prior to December 31, 2017, then you can add the Lung components (pleural effusion and pneumothorax) to your existing certification in two ways:

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

OR

(2) If you are experienced with pleural effusion and pneumothorax 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. .

4. I am having difficulty paying my annual membership dues online?

You must be logged in to pay your annual membership dues. You must use the same email address that you created the account with.

For best results, we recommend using Chrome, Firefox or Safari on a desktop or laptop computer to complete this checkout. Do not use a tablet or phone. Pay your membership dues here.

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

 1. Prior to Dec 31, 2017, CPoCUS CORE IP members had the option to certify someone in the CORE indications without the lung components. After Dec 31, 2017, CPoCUS CORE IP members must complete the lung components of the CORE certification examinations (pleural effusion and pneumothorax) to certify others. Those members certified prior to Dec 31, 2017 can complete the CORE Lung Competency Declaration to be able to certify others after Dec 31, 2017.

6. How do I become a Master Instructor? What are the benefits?

Members in Good Standing can apply for Master Instructor status by submitting an application form. Note that candidates must have acquired significant experience in performing and teaching PoCUS, and have made a significant contribution in the education and application of PoCUS. Please visit the CPoCUS webpage for further information.

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

Please see FAQ#6 on how to apply for Master Instructor (MI) status. You can recommend someone for MI status by providing a recommendation letter to the candidate's application form.

8. I would like to proctor a CPoCUS exam for someone for the first time, how do I do this?

Please visit our webpage on how to administer the CPoCUS IP certification exams here.

9. How do I download payment receipts for my tax returns?

Log into your account. Click on “Profile” at the top of the screen. Click on “Order History” at the right of the screen. Your payment receipts are available here.

10. Do I have to pay annual membership dues on April 1st of each year?

Yes, members must pay annual membership dues to maintain access to important CPoCUS webpages. Membership dues also provide access to over 20 member benefits!

Please note, members dues are essential to support administration of over 100 certification examinations in two languages and two platforms, the CORE curriculum and videos, the RESUS curriculum, CME credit validation, the Maintenance pf Competency Program, annual awards, monthly newsletters, annual reports and hundreds of email queries. Thank you for your understanding. 

11. What is the password to access French Written Exam for the CORE IP certification?

CORE IP certified members in good standing can find the password by:

Logging in --> IP exams --> Administer the IP exams --> Step 03 --> the password is here.

12. How can I earn CME credits with CPoCUS?

If you are participating in a CPoCUS approved course, you can earn:

1) Up to 60 Mainpro+ credits from with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

2) Up to 72 Section 3 credits with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

If you are teaching a CPoCUS approved course, you can earn:

a) 1 non-certified credit per hour of teaching and/or preparation time from CFPC

b) 2 credits per hour of teaching from RCPSC

If you are administering a CPoCUS certification exam, you can earn:

a) 1 non-certified credit per hour of teaching from CFPC

b) 2 credits per hour of teaching from RCPSC

If you are supervising determinate scans, you can earn:

a) 1 non-certified credit per hour of teaching and/or preparation time from CFPC

b) 2 credits per hour of teaching from RCPSC

Please see our CME Credits webpage for more details.

13. Will I be receiving an official certificate from CPoCUS to submit for CME credits?

The CME credits are specific for each course and dependent on whether your course director has applied for CME credits.
 
Individual courses are responsible for issuing certificates of completion.
 
Please contact your course director for more information.
 
Please see our CME Credits webpage for more details.

14. As course director, can I obtain a course-specific Session ID from CFPC after the course has passed?

According to CFPC, course directors cannot obtain a Session ID for past CORE IP courses. They can only apply for a course-specific Session ID before the course has started.
 
Note the course-specific Session ID will appear on the CFPC website once the course has been completed.

15. I am a Family Physician with Acute Care CORE IP certification. I am interested in achieving Family Medicine CORE IP certification.

a) How can I achieve this?

Members who have AC CORE IP with Lung certification:

  • Do not need to complete an FM CORE introductory course.
  • Do not need to complete the FM CORE determinate scans.
  • Do not need to complete the FM CORE Practical or Visual exam. 
  • Must complete the FM CORE Written exam in the presence of an examiner who is another CPoCUS member with FM CORE IP or AC CORE IP certification

Members who have AC CORE IP without Lung certification:

  • Do not need to complete an FM CORE introductory course.
  • Must complete 10 bilateral FM CORE determinate lung scans (20 scans total).
  • Must complete the lung section of the FM CORE Practical and Visual exam.
  • Must complete the FM CORE Written exam in the presence of an examiner who is another CPoCUS member with FM CORE IP or AC CORE IP certification

b) What does this certification allow me to do, other than what I can already do with the AC CORE IP certification?

The Family Medicine CORE IP certification allows you to scan independently in the outpatient / office setting. 
 
Family Medicine (FM) CORE IP certification track is best suited for primary care clinicians who do not have or do not need Acute Care (AC) CORE IP certification and who use ultrasound in the outpatient / office setting.
 
FM CORE IP certification is similar to AC CORE IP certification except for the Written Exam component of the certification exams. 
 
The FM CORE Written Exam contains questions to test your knowledge on the use of ultrasound in patient management in the outpatient / office setting.

c) What are the costs for the FM CORE Written Exam?

There is no cost for the Written Exam for Members in Good Standing (members with annual dues paid). Otherwise annual dues must be paid prior to attempting the Written Exam.
 
Once the Written Exam is successfully passed, there is a one-time administrative fee of $100 to issue an IP certificate, as for all CPoCUS IP certificates.

d) Where can the Written Exam be taken?

The Written Exam can be attempted online in any location in the presence of an examiner who is another CPoCUS member with FM CORE IP or AC CORE IP certification and Member in Good Standing (paid dues). 
 
A transition in 2021 will specify that only Track Instructors can act as examiners for certification exams:
Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society :: Certification privileges

e) How long does the FM CORE IP certification last?

The certification expires one year from the date of creation of the IP certificate, as for all CPoCUS certifications. The date of creation appears on your IP certificate.

f) How often do I have to renew the cert?

The certification is renewed on an annual basis once membership dues are paid (April 1st deadline), as for all CPoCUS certifications.

16. I have paid for an IP training course, completed the necessary material, and have not received a certificate. I was also not informed about how to receive a certificate from CPoCUS.

This issue arises when there are two CPoCUS accounts and two different email addresses for a single CPoCUS member.

In this case, the IP certificate and email explaining how to receive the certificate was sent to the Members inactive CPoCUS account.

It is essential that Members do not create two CPoCUS accounts with different email addresses!

It is also essential that Examiners use the Member's active CPoCUS account and email address when submitting the IP request! 

17. How can I view the Visual Exam presentations without Wifi?

CPoCUS IP Certified Members in Good Standing can view the Visual Exam presentations on a tablet without WIFi as follows:

  1. Log into your CPoCUS account. 
  2. Access the Exams webpage on a tablet in three ways:
    • Click on the Downloads tab on the top of the page and scroll down to a link to the Examination Page. 
    • Click on the Exams tab at the top of the page to access the exams
    • Access the Exams page directly for CORE at www.cpocus.ca/exams/
  3. Download the exams by selecting the text describing the Visual Exam presentation. This may prompt some users to open or download the iSpring Play iOS app. Once the app is open, you have the option to download the Visual Exam presentation for use offline. 
  4. Troubleshooting tip: If you are using the most recent iOS, then you may need to change a setting on your iPad to view the mobile version of the CPoCUS website. 
    1. Go to Settings > Safari > scroll to the bottom > select: Request desktop website > turn off. 
    2. Restart Safari > go to CPoCUS.ca/exams. 
    3. Download each exam onto iSpring Play app.

18. What are the certification privileges associated with becoming CPOCUS IP certified?

A detailed table outlines the certification privileges available to CPoCUS IP certified members. View the table here.