Applicant Handbook

The January 2021 Applicant Handbook is available here.

Applicants for the MDCB Certification Exam are responsible for ensuring completion and submission of the application as per the specifications outlined in the handbook.

Exam candidates should pay particular attention to the details regarding Performance-Based Testing questions. In 2020, for the first time, a small number of performance-based test (PBT) questions will be included on the CMD exam.  Performance-based questions measure candidates' ability to apply learned skills and knowledge. It is considered to be the next generation in certification testing.

Approved exam candidates will be able to access the MDCB ProKnow DS platform. MDCB provides two videos to assist in: (1) setting up an account, and (2) navigating the platform once an account has been set up.

Each applicant must be aware of the information outlined in the handbook for the most current detail regarding exam administration, eligibility, application requirements, deadlines, and adherence to the Ethical Standards of the MDCB.  Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements in effect at the time of application.

Common Pitfalls of Exam Applications:

  • Failure to read the exam handbook
  • Failure to “Submit Application”
  • Improper documentation, i.e. program diplomas not in pdf format, program transcripts are not official in scanned pdf format corresponding to diploma confer date, no name change documentation where appropriate.