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Call for Volunteers – CPAN and CAPA Subject Matter Experts

ABPANC is conducting an open call for volunteers to participate in exam development activities for the CPAN and CAPA certification programs in 2022. ABPANC’s Certification Council works in partnership with PSI to ensure the examinations are developed in a manner consistent with generally accepted psychometric principles, educational testing practices, and national accreditation standards for certification programs.

SMEs will be appointed on an ad-hoc basis to working groups and task forces by the Certification Council. Volunteers who participate will gain an understanding of the certification exam development process and play an essential role in the ongoing development of the CPAN and CAPA programs.

Skill and Knowledge

To ensure a diverse team, ABPANC will select subject matter experts (SMEs) based on their demonstrated expertise, experience level, geographic representation, and specialty/practice area that is reflective of the roles and responsibilities of the perianesthesia nurse. SMEs should have at least five years of professional experience. SMEs must be ABPANC certified, in good standing, and currently practicing to serve as experts. Previous exam development experience is considered an asset. All volunteers will receive training and must sign a confidentiality and NDA agreement prior to participation.

Time Commitment

The time commitment for SMEs will vary depending on the certification task. Volunteers should have sufficient flexibility to commit to completing quarterly tasks.

  • Item writing: Writing assignments are distributed based on the exam content areas. SMEs work independently to typically write 10-15 items linked to content areas.
  • Item review: Newly written items are reviewed and revised by SMEs. Reviews are typically conducted via 8 virtual sessions – each 2 hours in length.
  • Exam review: Reviews of the final assembled exam forms are typically conducted via 6 virtual sessions – each 2 hours in length.


Although no travel is anticipated now, there is a possibility that some SMEs will be asked to participate in an in-person meeting in the fall of 2022. In the event this becomes a necessity, all travel expenses including airfare, hotel and meals will be reimbursed in accordance with ABPANC policy.


Subject matter experts are eligible to receive continuing education credit for the maintenance of the CPAN and/or CAPA professional credentials.


If you are interested in serving as an ABPANC subject matter expert, please complete the online application and upload your bio/resume by January 17, 2022.

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If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact ABPANC’s certification consultant, Lisa Nepi at