The reasons why and steps to how you can earn your CAQ
Why should you earn the Certificate in Added Qualification (CAQ) in Headache Medicine from the National Headache Foundation?
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.
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
Become a NHF member.
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.
Reexamination at the end of the five years.
Those interested in taking the National Headache Foundation Certificate in Added Qualification in Headache Medicine exam can prepare by studying the following resources:
About 37 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