Certificate of Added Qualification
in Headache Medicine (AQH) from the National Headache Foundation

Earning Your AQH

The reasons why and steps to how you can earn your AQH

Why

Why should you earn the Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine (AQH) from the National Headache Foundation?

  • Validation of a level of expertise in headache medicine to be recognized by your colleagues and patients.
  • Possibility of more patient referrals.
  • Enhanced credibility and the personal satisfaction of providing your patients with the best possible care.
  • Recognition of skills when dealing with managed care and government agencies.
Eligibility

To be eligible for the AQH competency examination, a candidate must be a licensed healthcare practitioner who evaluates and manages headache patients independently, including physicians (M.D. and D.O.), physicians assistants, advance practice nurses, dentists, and clinical psychologists. The candidate’s license must be in good standing.

Each candidate must provide documentation of the following criteria regarding license, continuing education, and experience:

License: The candidate’s license must be in good standing.
Continuing Education: Completion of at least 20 hours, over the last year, of continuing education focusing on headache medicine.
Experience: Meet one of the following options:

  1. At least one or more years of experience at a headache clinic or Veterans Affairs (VA) Headache Center of Excellence (HCoE), subject to review by NHF’s AQH Oversight Committee, or
  2. At least three years of experience managing headache medicine in other clinical settings, or
  3. A professional who has completed an accredited Neurology residency (MD or DO), or
  4. A professional who has successfully completed a headache fellowship, as approved by the NHF’s AQH Oversight Committee.
Application

You can sign up to receive the application package or call 1-888-NHF-5552. This will contain the general application and information about the examination structure and location of testing sites.

Fees

All fees for the examination are in U.S. dollars.

Provided the early postmark deadline is met, the examination fees are:

  • NHF members: $600 ($300 for NPs and PAs)
  • Non-members: $800 ($500 for MDs and DOs)

If the application is received between the application postmark deadline and the late application deadline, a late fee of $75 will be charged. Late fees are:

  • NHF members: $675
  • Non-members: $875

Become a National Headache Foundation member.

Maintenance

Maintenance of your Certification

Certificates of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine are valid for five years after receipt. To maintain the certification, the health care provider has two options:

  • Submit documentation of 60 hours of headache-related educational units through a curriculum accredited through ACCME or an equivalent nursing CEU accreditation body. The CME/CEU credits may be accumulated over a five-year span.

OR

  • Reexamination at the end of the five years.
Awards

Certification Awards

  • You will receive a frameable certificate.
  • A sample announcement will be provided by the NHF to assist you in alerting your local media outlets and professional societies that you have received the credential.
  • Please submit a high-resolution headshot for us to distribute with a press release.
  • The announcement of AQH recipients will be included in HeadFirst, the NHF’s monthly digital newsletter.
Why

Why should you earn the Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache  Medicine (AQH) from the National Headache Foundation?

        • Validation of a level of expertise in headache medicine to be recognized by your colleagues and patients.
        • Possibility of more patient referrals.
        • Enhanced credibility and the personal satisfaction of providing your patients with the best possible care.
        • Recognition of skills when dealing with managed care and government agencies.
Eligibility

To be eligible for the AQH competency examination, candidates must be a licensed healthcare practitioners who can evaluate and manage headache patients independently, including physicians (M.D. and D.O.), physician assistants, advance practice nurses, dentists, and clinical psychologists. The candidate’s license must be in good standing.

Application

You can sign up to receive the application package or call 1-888-NHF-5552. This will contain the general application and information about the examination structure and location of testing sites.

Fees

All fees for the examination are in U.S. dollars.

Provided the early postmark deadline is met, the examination fees are:

NHF members: $600 ($300 for NP and PA)

Non-members: $800 ($500 for MD and DO)

If the application is received between the application postmark deadline and the late application deadline, a late fee of $75 will be charged. Late fees are:

NHF members: $675

Non-members: $875

Become a National Headache Foundation member.

Maintenance

Maintenance of your AQH Certification

Certificates of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine are valid for five years after receipt.

To maintain the certification, the health care provider has two options:

  • Submit documentation of 60 hours of headache-related educational units through a curriculum accredited through ACCME or an equivalent nursing CEU accreditation body. The CME/CEU credits may be accumulated over a five-year span.

OR

  • Reexamination at the end of the five years.
Awards

Certification Awards

        • You will receive a frameable certificate.
        • A sample announcement will be provided by the NHF to assist you in alerting your local media outlets and professional societies that you have received the credential.
        • Listed on the “Healthcare Practitioners Finder” section of our website.
        • The announcement of AQH recipients will be included in HeadFirst, the NHF’s monthly digital newsletter.

Upcoming AQH Examination Dates
March 1-14, 2022

Apply for the AQH

Please print and complete all sections of the application. The cost to sit for the exam is $600 ($300 for NPs and PAs) for NHF members and $800 ($500 for MDs and DOs) for non-members. Your membership will be checked by the NHF before we process your application. You can become a professional member here.

 

AQH Application 2021

 

Mail or fax the application required documentation, and payment (made payable to the National Headache Foundation):

Mail:
National Headache Foundation
1235-A Clybourn Avenue
Box #413, Chicago, IL 60610

Fax: 312-640-9049

Prepare for the AQH

Those interested in taking the National Headache Foundation Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine (AQH) exam can prepare by studying the following resources:

Be Recognized for Your Abilities in Headache Medicine

Almost 40 million Americans live with migraine disease and headache disorders. Be recognized for your ability to care for the most prevalent neurological disease in the world.

 

Here’s why you should earn the Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine (AQH) from the National Headache Foundation:

Validation of a level of expertise in headache medicine
You will receive a plaque designating your certification and be announced in HeadWise, the National Headache Foundation’s magazine.

Possibility of more patient referrals
You will be listed in the “Healthcare Practitioner Finder” on www.headaches.org, a popular resource where patients can search for certified healthcare practitioners near them.

Enhanced credibility and satisfaction of providing your patients with the best possible care
Headache and migraine are among the most prevalent diseases in the U.S. Know that you are giving these patients the best possible care.

Recognition of skills when dealing with managed care and government agencies
NHF will provide you with a sample announcement to assist you in alerting your local media outlets and professional societies that you have received the credential.

The AQH exam is now available to take online!
Take the AQH exam from the convenience of your home or office.

Exams for the AQH in Headache Medicine from the National Headache Foundation are available for two weeks twice yearly.

Upcoming AQH Examination Dates
March 1-14, 2022

Get More Info

Sign up and receive the application package or call 1-888-NHF-5552.

Download the AQH application here.

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