About the Task Analysis
The Task Analysis Survey, created by The American Midwifery Certification Board, describes tasks performed by CNMs and CMs who have been certified within the last five years and practice in the United States. Some CNMs and CMs perform a limited number of these tasks; others perform additional tasks to those described. Our intent with this survey is to attempt to identify what tasks we actually perform and use this information to help us make our certifying examinations reflective of these tasks.
Studying for the AMCB Certification Exam
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The content of the AMCB examination and the percentages for each area are based on the Task Analysis. Below are the current percentages effective 1/1/2018.
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Understanding the Task Analysis
The Task Analysis is conducted by AMCB and is determined by a comprehensive survey of newly certified CNMs/CMs and their report of the tasks they are performing while providing clinical care. It is used to guide development of the AMCB certification exam. Some CNMs and CMs perform a limited number of these tasks; others perform additional tasks to those described. Findings from the survey are used to develop a test blueprint, which provides structure for the certification examination, thus ensuring coverage of the full scope of midwifery practice.
AMCB aims to complete their analysis prior to the scheduled revision of the ACNM Core Competencies. This is to allow the ACNM Core Competencies to reflect the current practices of newly certified CNMs/CMs, complementing the input of the educational experts charged with those revisions.