What does a Certified DME Specialist do?

The CDME helps with basic repairs, troubleshooting, and home inspections for DME (Durable Medical Equipment) products like oxygen, transfer systems, enteral feeding supplies, and wound care. Certified DME specialists are highly valued in the industry as an assurance to patients and as trusted sources of professionalism and quality care. The CDME Scope of Practice provides greater detail regarding the role of a BOC-certified DME Specialist.

What advantage does a DME supplier gain by having a CDME on staff?

  • Differentiation in the market
  • Management of risk
  • Criteria for evaluating potential employees
  • Limiting of fraud, waste, and abuse
  • Increase in customer satisfaction
  • Assurance for referral sources

Medicare human resources management standards require that technical personnel be knowledgeable, competent, and trained to deliver products. A CDME will provide additional assurance of compliance. 

Eligibility Prerequisites for the DME Specialist Certification

To be eligible to take the DME certification exam, an applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent. An eligible candidate will have a verifiable minimum of 500 hours (approximately 13 weeks of full-time work) of documented experience at a DME facility. For auditing purposes, candidates should maintain and keep readily available attestation from a supervisor.

Become Certified in Three Simple Steps:

1. Submit Your Application

Apply online or download the CDME Application. Be sure to thoroughly prepare and review all the documentation that will be submitted with your application. Submit your certification fees with your application; only the application fee is required for application processing. Questions? Contact us.

2. Take Your Exam

Once your application is approved, you’ll receive notification of your eligibility to sign up for your exam. BOC offers year-round testing for all computer-based exams, which means you don’t have to wait for a testing window. Use the CDME Detailed Content Outline to prepare for the exam.

CDME applicants are required to complete a multiple-choice exam. BOC’s test delivery provider, PSI, offers two test delivery options:

  1. in-person exams at a test center and
  2. live, remote online-proctored exams from your computer

test center ExaMS

PSI offers BOC exams at locations throughout the U.S. Choose from two testing times: 9 AM and 1:30 PM each weekday (some locations also offer exams on Saturdays). Choose your testing location from the list on the PSI website when you schedule your exam. Make your appointment with PSI at least three business days prior to your desired test date.


Beginning June 2020, certification candidates have the option to take  certification exams with a live, remote proctor-–from a location of their choosing—using their computer. All that’s needed is a quiet space and a desktop or laptop that meets PSI’s system requirements. Please schedule with PSI at least 24 hours prior to your desired test date. Learn more.

3. Receive Results

No matter what computer-based test mode you choose, you will receive your results instantly upon the completion of your exam. Once your have earned your certification, you must meet continuing education requirements and renew your certification annually.