Photo by Pete Pallagi/ Image Used with permission of the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
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This certification program was created by the BioCommunications Association, Inc. (BCA) to provide the medical community with a standardized examination process for evaluating professionals who will be performing photographic documentation of the dermatological condition of living human patients. BCA membership is not a requirement, but is strongly encouraged. Any student, trainee, or biocommunications specialist who can demonstrate competency in this specialty may apply.
The Total Body Photography Certification Candidate has a maximum of Three (3) years with no minimum time to complete the program. The program consists of three parts: a written exam, a demonstration of competency and a practical exam. The Certification Committee will provide candidates with guidance throughout the certification process. To initiate the process, the potential candidate must submit this completed application along with the required $75.00 (for BCA Member) / $125.00 (for non-members) non-refundable application fee. Upon acceptance into the program, the BCA will provide the candidate with a study references and a link to sample images to help the candidate prepare for the written exam. The candidate will have one full year from the date of acceptance into to the program to take and pass the written exam.
The second part is a demonstration in a test studio in which the candidate will perform and explain all the necessary steps for total body photography to an examiner. The third and final part is a practical exam consisting of producing one complete series of photographs for full body dermatological photography of a test patient. Upon successful completion of all the requirements for certification, the candidate will receive a certificate suitable for framing and an invitation to the next BCA Annual Meeting for recognition during the Honors Banquet (there is a modest fee for the banquet meal for those who are not registered for the meeting).
Questions concerning the certification program may be directed to:
Peter Grattan, RBP
Chair, Certification Committee
3791 Mountain Way Cove