ABCP – American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion

Coordinated through Professional Testing (PTI)

The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) was established in 1975. The primary purpose of the ABCP, and therefore its most essential function, is protection of the public through the establishment and maintenance of standards in the field of cardiovascular perfusion. To achieve this objective, the ABCP has established qualifications for examination and procedures for recertification. Its requirements and procedures are reviewed and modified periodically as necessary.

Certification in cardiovascular perfusion is evidence that perfusionists’ qualifications for operation of extracorporeal equipment are recognized by their peers. It is not intended to define requirements for employment, to gain special recognition or privileges, to define the scope of extracorporeal circulation, or to state who may not engage in cardiovascular perfusion. Certification of clinical perfusionists does not relieve an employer from determining the professional responsibilities of cardiovascular perfusionists in their specific clinical setting.

Application information

Before scheduling an examination appointment, you must have completed the ABCP application, paid the designated fee, met all requirements, and received an authorization-to-test email. For additional information, visit the ABCP website or contact the ABCP certification team at

Scheduling your examination

Once you have received an Authorization-to-Test email, you may schedule your examination appointment. The email will inform you of the date range you may take the examination and will provide you with a 20-character candidate (PTI ID) number. Examination appointments may be made up to one business day in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To schedule, reschedule or cancel your examination appointment:

Online, you must first create a Pearson VUE web account. When creating your web account, use the same First and Last names and 20-character candidate (PTI ID) number as noted in your authorization-to-test email. For any issues with your online Pearson VUE account, the quickest way to reach a customer service agent is via ONLINE CHAT.

Via phone, contact Pearson VUE at 877-839-7768 (US/CAN).

NOTE: To facilitate locating your record, tell the agent that Professional Testing (PTI) sponsors the ABCP - PBSE and CAPE examinations.

Outside of United States/Canada, check this link customer service for phone numbers.

After scheduling your examination appointment, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation email listing your examination date and time, the test center address, along with important policies for your review and information. Confirmation emails are sent for every schedule, reschedule and cancellation of examination appointments. If you do not receive a confirmation email, verify the status of your examination appointment online or via phone as described above.


Candidate Rules Agreement (review prior to appointment check-in)

ID Requirements (list of acceptable IDs to present during appointment check-in)

If your registration First or Last name does not match your photo ID, please email or for assistance.

Last updated 2023-07-31