Psychiatrists In-Practice Examination® (PIPE®)

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The Psychiatrists In-Practice Examination (PIPE) is an online, 200-question multiple-choice evaluation tool designed to provide comprehensive self-assessment of professional skills for practicing psychiatrists; promote lifelong learning; and award up to 30 hours of self-assessment CME.

PIPE’s 200 questions cover the 15 content areas represented on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s maintenance of certification exam. Test-takers receive immediate feedback on each item, including a written discussion of correct responses and two reference citations for additional information about each topic.

Once they purchase PIPE, test-takers have one year to complete the exam, returning to the test as often as they’d like during that time period.


This activity is designed for psychiatrists who are involved in providing patient care and who wish to assess their current knowledge of clinical psychiatry.

Learning Objectives

After completing PIPE, participants will be able to:

  • assess their clinical competence in the 15 topic areas covered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s maintenance of certification exam;
  •  identify topics that need additional study; and
  • design a continuing medical education program to address those topics.

Order Information

To order online, please visit our online store and supply the requested information.  You will immediately receive instructions for accessing the exam, and a temporary password. If you'd prefer to pay by check or fax/mail in your order, use this downloadable order form.


Questions About PIPE?

Answers to many commonly asked questions about PIPE can be found in PIPE FAQ's.  If you have additional questions, please contact Nathan Zastrow at The College: 312.938.8840, ext 16.

ABPN Comprehensive Lifelong Learning Program

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed PIPE and has approved it as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of maintenance of certification. 

CME Accreditation

The American College of Psychiatrists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Psychiatrists designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants must score 50 percent or higher to receive CME credit.

New PIPE® introduced July 15, 2019.
The College certifies this version of the PIPE exam for CME credit if purchased by July of 2022.

RCPSC Accreditation

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association. You may claim a maximum of 15 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Internet Privacy Policy

This policy is written in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The American College of Psychiatrists is accredited by the ACCME to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians. The ACCME requires that its accredited providers who offer Web-based activities have a separate Internet privacy policy. The purpose of this document is to inform the learner about how his/her privacy is protected when participating in a web-based CME activity accredited by The American College of Psychiatrists.

Privacy Policy Statement
The American College of Psychiatrists is committed to protecting the privacy of its Internet CME customers. Internet activities sponsored by the American College of Psychiatrists may be used as an educational resource for psychiatrists.

Personal and credit information collected over this Internet site will be kept confidential and used to maintain an adequate record of an individual’s participation in the relevant activity. This information will not be released, sold, or distributed to an outside organization except as required by law.

If you have any questions about Web-based CME activities delivered by The American College of Psychiatrists, please contact Nathan Zastrow, Manager of Continuing Medical Education, at 312.938.8840 x-16 or nathan@acpsych.org.


©2019 by The American College of Psychiatrists.  All rights reserved.  No part of PIPE may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, or by any information retrieval system, except as may be expressly permitted by law or in writing from The American College of Psychiatrists.

Author/faculty disclosures

The content of the PIPE exam is developed by The American College of Psychiatrists’ PIPE Editorial Board. Members of the Editorial Board have disclosed the following relationships with proprietary entities producing, marketing, reselling or distributing healthcare goods or services:

Amy S. Hoffman, M.D.
Nothing to disclose

Andrew C. Furman, M.D.
Nothing to disclose

Barbara D. Bartlik, M.D.
Nothing to disclose

Paul Dagg, M.D., F.C.P.C.
Speaker/advisory board member; honorarium – Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Speaker; honorarium - Otsuka

Wei Du, M.D., M.S.
Consultant; honorarium - Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Mary J. Fitz-Gerald, M.D., M.B.A.
Nothing to disclose

David G. Folks, M.D.
Independent insurance appeal reviewer; consulting fee – IMEDECS
Independent insurance appeal reviewer; consulting fee – MCMC, LLC

Scot G. McAfee, M.D.
Employee; salary – (Spouse) Grifols Pharmaceutical

Michael J. Ostacher, M.D., M.P.H.
Safety board member; fees – Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
Investigator; research funding – Palo Alto Health Sciences
Advisory board member; fees – Otsuka

Marcia Slattery, M.D., M.H.S.
Nothing to disclose

Donna M. Sudak, M.D.
Nothing to disclose

Paul K. Switzer III, M.D., D.H.A. 
Nothing to disclose



System Requirements

PIPE has been verified to be compatible with the latest stable versions of the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari and Safari on iPad
  • Edge

 Only stable versions of these browsers are supported. Release candidates (RC), beta, and alpha versions are not supported. Later stable versions of these browsers may work but were not available for testing at product release.