BMSC Extension Policy
You can be granted an extension, but only under the following special circumstances:

  • Natural disaster: In the event of bad weather, a natural disaster, or another emergency (for example, a test center power outage)
  • Medical or Personal Emergency: A medical or personal emergency is an unplanned event that prevents you from taking the exam. A medical or personal emergency may apply to you or one of your immediate family members; spouse, child, or parent as defined by the Family Medical Leave Act. Documentation (i.e. doctor’s note, emergency room forms, obituary) showing why you could not take your exam will be required.

If the candidate has met one of the above special circumstances, requests an extension for an exam or certification eligibility period, and is approved the extension, the fees that apply are:

  1. First Approved Request for an Extension–$75 (valid for 45 days)
  2. Second and Final Approved Request for an Extension–$150 (valid for an additional 30 days). No additional extension will be authorized.

For all extension requests, please complete and submit the AHCC Request for Consideration form found here:, along with any required documentation(s). Fees are processed after the request has been approved.