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

Earning Your CAQ

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

Why

Why should you earn the Certificate in Added Qualification (CAQ) in Headache Medicine 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 CAQ competency examination, candidates must be a licensed healthcare practitioner who can evaluate and manage headache patients independently, including physicians (M.D. and D.O.), physician assistants, advance practice nurses, dentists, and psychologists. The candidate’s license must be in good standing. Each candidate must provide documentation of three or more years involved in headache medicine.

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 NPs and PAs)

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 NHF 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 plaque designating your certification.
  • 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.
  • Announcement of CAQ recipients will be included in the current issue of HeadWise, the NHF’s magazine.
Why

Why should you earn the Certificate in Added Qualification (CAQ) in Headache Medicine 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 CAQ competency examination, candidates must be a licensed healthcare practitioner who can evaluate and manage headache patients independently, including physicians (M.D. and D.O.), physician assistants, advance practice nurses, dentists, and psychologists. The candidate’s license must be in good standing. Each candidate must provide documentation of three or more years involved in headache medicine.

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 NPs and PAs)

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 NHF 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 plaque designating your certification.
        • 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.
        • Announcement of CAQ recipients will be included in the current issue of HeadWise, the NHF’s magazine.

Upcoming CAQ Examination Dates

March 4-18, 2019

Apply for the CAQ

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 NPs and PAs) for non-members. Your membership will be checked by the NHF before we process your application. You can become a professional member here.

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

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

Fax: 312-640-9049

To download the application click here.

Prepare for the CAQ

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

Be Recognized for Your Abilities in Headache Medicine

Almost 40 million Americans suffer from migraine. If you’ve worked in headache medicine for more than three years, 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 (CAQ) in Headache Medicine 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.

Finding a place to take the CAQ exam is easy!
There are test centers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.goAMP.com to find a test center near you.

Exams for the CAQ in Headache Medicine from the National Headache Foundation are available for two weeks twice yearly. Visit www.headaches.com/nhf-caq/ to receive an application package for an upcoming CAQ examination.

Upcoming CAQ Examination Dates
March 4-18, 2019

Get More Info

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