Physicians' Vascular Interpretation (PVI) Examination

​​​​​​​​​​Thank you for your interest in the Physicians' Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination. Please read below for the current and upcoming PVI application and adminstration dates:

​​Application Dates for PVI Examination​​PVI Examination Administration Dates
​​The PVI application period is now closed. ​March 21, 2017-April 20, 2017​
​​​​June 21, 2017-August 22, 2017​​September 19, 2017-October 19, 2017​​


The PVI examination tests basic vascular knowledge and skills essential to physicians practicing vascular surgery and vascular medicine. The RPVI examination assess Applicants' understanding of vascular anatomy and hemodynamics as well as ultrasound result interpretation.

The Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation® (RPVI®) certification is awarded by APCA, the Alliance for Certification & Advancement, a new Council created to meet the specific needs of physicians. To earn your RPVI certification you must pass the PVI examination. If you do not pass, you must wait until the next administration to retake the RPVI examination.

Look through the tabs below for more information on the RPVI examination, application and administration dates, and the review materials available to you. If you'd like to sign-up now, please visit MY APCA.

RPVI Examination Resources

There are a number of vascular ultrasound review resources available to Applicants through APCA, including practice examinations and a content outline. Our practice examinations simulate the computer interface you'll see in the actual testing center. While it is not mandatory, we recommend taking a practice examination to familiarize yourself with the format and type of questions asked.

While we do provide practice examinations, our sister organizations provide additional vascular ultrasound review materials. For more information about our how you can prepare for the RPVI examination, see the "Prepare" tab below.

The Value of an APCA​ Certification

By earning an APCA certification, physicians can demonstrate their knowledge and expertise. Our organization is widely regarded as the leaders in promoting high-quality patient care through certification. Like you, APCA is dedicated to raising the global standards of excellence in healthcare and patient safety. Our mission is to recognize physicians' enduring commitment to the highest quality patient care through rigorous assessments and continual learning.

Please note that there is a sonographer-level vascular technologist (VT) examination offered by APCA's companion Council, the ARDMS. Click here for details.



There will be one universal RPVI prerequisite for domestic and international physicians, which will take effect during the Fall 2017 RPVI application period. To stay informed about the latest updates and information, sign-up for PVI examination updates. ​​