The qualifications of individuals desiring certification will be reviewed by the Credentials Committee and must be approved before the candidates may take the certifying examination.


Application

Complete and send one copy of the ACLAM Examination Application Form and required submission inclusions to the Executive Director, Dr. Melvin Balk, 96 Chester St. Chester, NH 03036-USA. TEL- 603-887-2467, FAX 603- 887-0096. E-mail: mwbaclam@gsinet.net.

Exam application due dates:
  --Early cycle - August 15: Applicant will have the determination letter in Mid-September.
  --Standard cycle - December 15: Applicant will have the determination letter in Mid-January.
  --Annual ACLAM exam date: starting in 2021 the ACLAM Certifying exam will be held each year on the third Friday in July. 

The application fee must be paid before submitting your application.

The preferred method to submit your application is scanned and sent as one PDF to the Executive Director. NOTE: please separate the application from the photo. Send to: mwbaclam@gsinet.net


Fees

Payments are submitted online.

Application: $200      Required to process application. Nonrefundable.
Examination: $600    Submit once application is approved.

NOTE: One is entitled to take the examination up to a maximum of three times during the next three years after becoming Board eligible. Failure to successfully pass the exam after three consecutive  attempts results in one no longer being ACLAM Board eligible and will require that you submit another application, pay another application  and examination fee, and pass the examination before you can be certified as a Diplomate. Opting out of the exam for other than a medical emergency or in the case of the military an overseas deployment will result in the loss of that year of eligibility.


Candidate Guide

Click here to access the Candidate Guide for the ACLAM Certification Exam.


2020 Certification Examination Information

As of 5/8/20, the 2020 ACLAM certifying exam has been rescheduled to November 6, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that starting this year the exam will be given in Computer Based Testing format at a testing center near your location. For additional information please contact the Executive Director, Dr. Melvin Balk, 96 Chester St. Chester, NH 03036-USA, TEL- 603-887-2467, FAX 603-887-0096. E-mail: mwbaclam@gsinet.net.

The 2020 ACLAM certifying exam will consist of two parts, A and B. Candidates will have 4 hours to complete each section for a total of 8 hours. The exam will start at 8:00 am local time and end at 5:00 pm with a one-hour break for lunch, if needed. If one completes part A before the allotted 4 hours or takes a short lunch break, they can start part B whenever they are ready.

Laboratory Animal Medicine, 3rd Edition

The 3rd edition of Laboratory Animal Medicine is currently available in electronic format, with the hard cover version available soon. As it is an ACLAM sanctioned textbook, it is considered fair game for the 2016 exam. When studying, please realize that there are over 3,000 questions in our database. It will take the exam committee longer than a single exam cycle to update every reference; however all questions for the 2016 exam that have the 2nd edition of the Blue Book as a reference will be fact checked against the 3rd edition of the Blue Book and updated as necessary. 

Exam Material Cut Off Date

The annual ACLAM Exam may contain questions on materials from any relevant publications up to Dec 31 of the year prior to the exam (Dec 31, 2019 for the 2020 exam).

ACLAM Policy on Taking the Exam

One is entitled to take the examination up to a maximum of three times during the next three years after becoming Board eligible. Failure to successfully pass the exam after three consecutive  attempts results in one no longer being ACLAM Board eligible, and will require that you submit another application, pay another application  and examination fee, and pass the examination before you can be certified as a Diplomate. 

Opting out of the exam for other than a medical emergency for you or someone in your immediate family or in the case of the military an overseas or short notice deployment will result in the loss of that year of eligibility.


Study Tools

  ACLAM Test Template
  2020 Certification Exam Reference List
  Role Delineation Document

NOTE: The USDA APHIS Animal Care Policy Manual is currently Under Review and thus not available on the USDA APHIS website. Given the current status, questions pertaining to the Animal Care Policy will not be included in the 2020 ACLAM Examination. Additionally, the Rat in Biomedical Research Vol 3 and the soon to be published Zebrafish in Biomedical Research will not be used for the 2020 exam.


Sample Computer-Based Exam Format:

You will find below the link to the sample exam. This sample exam demonstration will assist in understanding how IQT's computer-based test system works. Candidates can easily navigate through the questions, display their time remaining, log their answers by clicking directly on the responses, clicking onto the radio buttons, or simply using their keyboard. The system also provided the candidates bookmarking and comment functions. Click here for sample exam.