Basic PICC Qualification vs. CPUI PICC Certification

We receive many questions about the difference between PICC line training, qualification and PICC Certification. Becoming qualified to place PICC lines is just the beginning of your journey to receiving PICC Certification and the credentials of CPUI Certified PICC Ultrasound Inserter. PICC qualification and CPUI Certification are based on PICC line training, precepted insertions on patients and the need to establish procedural competence as established in the SHEA recommendations, INS Standards and CDC guidelines. This CPUI PICC Certification meets the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) definitions for Certification as an independent assessment of knowledge, experience and competencies required for competent performance of a specific work-related task and role with a time period designation for renewal. PICC Certification is a voluntary process and while PICC Excellence is a provider of qualification education, they are not the sole provider of the education necessary to qualify for CPUI PICC Certification.

CPUI PICC CertificationCertified PICC Ultrasound Inserter is a professional certification developed in 2009 by a team of expert clinicians and professionals through PICC Excellence, led by Nancy Moureau, PhD, RN, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC. This PICC Certification was designed to meet the needs of PICC inserters and their employers to validate training, experience and competence and ensure patient safety with insertion and management of PICCs. To receive PICC Certification and CPUI professional designation the applicant provides proof of at least 8 hours (8 CEs) of basic PICC insertion education, a current competency assessment, verification of PICC experience (minimum of 25 PICC ultrasound guided insertions) all validated by a supervisor’s signature, proof of licensure and a sworn notarized statement that the application is true and correct. Fees associated with this PICC Certification are $395 application fee and $75 every two years to re-certify. Once approved the applicant is given 60 days to review the study guide and take the 200 question proctored exam. Following successful exam completion the CPUI designation and certificate are awarded and good for two years.

PICC Certification provides a means to document an individual’s achievement of specific performance standards and education through the qualification and examination process. Further, CPUI provides assurance to your current and future employers that you have maintained your PICC line training and practice over a period of time, keeping current with guidelines and education. CPUI Certification establishes a new standard of practice for PICCs making PICC Certification more than just a misused term.

  1. To complete the CPUI PICC Certification –
    1. At least 8 hours (8 CEs) of Basic PICC Qualification Training is required and easily obtained through The Beginner Insertion Bundle – Basic PICC Qualification Training, Inserting PICCs with Ultrasound, Understanding the Basics of Ultrasound, Step by Step Ultrasound and Ultrasound Guided PICC Tips & Tricks; or through the Adult Basic PICC with Ultrasound Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia.
    2. Complete a Simulated Competency Assessment with a Preceptor.
    3. Establish competence by performing insertions on patients validating competence as documented by your preceptor (Competency Assessment form or Verification of PICC Experience form).
    4. Begin inserting PICCs independently on patients and establish competence. Achieve 25+ successful insertions with ultrasound to qualify for CPUI PICC Certification.

PICC Certification is recognized nationally and internationally. Qualification is a process of gaining competence, but is not the same as certification. Certification is a process that requires validation of performance standards to qualify and measure training, experience and knowledge for certain procedures or roles. Check out CPUI PICC Certification and gain the credentials needed to prove your expert status as a PICC specialist.

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