The Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute (KHPLEI) is an institute which develops test items and conducts examinations to grant license and certificates to health professionals.

Its highest goal is to promote health care in Korea by supplying highly qualified health professionals thorough test management and test item development.

The medical license examination, which had been previously administered by the government since the very first examination, has now transferred to the KHPLEI through establishment of the National Medical Licensing Examination Board, a private examination enforcement institute, in 1992.

Recognized for the excellent assessment capabilities, the institute was expanded under the name of the Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute (KHPLEI) to administer national licensing examinations for Dentists and 19 other health professional occupations.

Currently, the KHPLEI produces approximately 200,000 health professionals every year in 23 occupations, including physicians, dentists, oriental medical doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.

Advancing national examinations

The KHPLEI is leading the advancement of national examinations. Computerization of the item banks allows for the systematic item management and test construction, which serves as the basis to produce qualified professionals.

The online item development allows the participation of more people in the process and has enabled them to access more diverse data.

The developed items are verified by the reviewers who discuss each item in detail. The KHPLEI remains focused on certifying health professionals who can immediately start work in the field, by increasing the number of clinical case-oriented items, rather than only memory recall.

Based on the ten years of experience and expertise, the KHPLEI administers examinations in a fair and objective manner, while also considering the convenience of the applicants.

Applications for all health professionals assessed by the KHPLEI are available online. Examinations are conducted in 17 different regions in Korea, including Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon, Jeonju, Gangwon and Jeju. A specialized examination room is also available for applicants with special needs.

Furthermore, the KHPLEI also provides analysis of the national examination outcomes to tertiary education providers who offer health courses.

The KHPLEI is making an effort to enhance quality of national examinations and advance examination systems

In order to assess whether the applicants have the capability to provide healthcare, the KHPLEI conducts practical skill tests to assess Emergency Medical Technicians, Dental Hygienist, Dental Technicians and Prosthetist and Orthotics.

The clinical skill test was first introduced to Korea in 2009 and this was the first test of its kind to be introduced in Asia. It is an advanced test to assess the examinee's attitudes and knowledge of patients using standardized patients. The test also assesses the basic technical skill required by a qualifying doctor by observing their use of medical equipments and devices when treating patients.

※ Clinical skill test using standardized patients Advanced computerized item management system

The KHPLEI will lay the foundation for promotion of healthcare in Korea by supplying internationally competitive health professionals as a solution to the expansion of the medical market. Through continuous research and development, it is striving to enhance the quality of examinations and assessment systems.

The KHPLEI carries out various research projects to improve the assessment each year and strives to enhance item development capabilities by providing education on many themes.

Item writers and test developers attend item-writing and evaluation workshops to improve the quality and the relevance of the assessments. The KHPLEI's efforts extend to academic information activities. It became affiliated with domestic health care related associations as well as the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA).

Moreover, the Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions (JEEHP), published by the KHPLEI, was registered on international academic information databases including Pubmed Central, and the Board has taken an initiative in achievement of advanced national examination through its leading global information exchange and cooperation.

The KHPLEI is making efforts to enhance convenience and satisfaction

The KHPLEI strives to enhance convenience and satisfaction of its customers.

Prior to 2007, there was a delay of six weeks for the candidates to receive their licenses after taking their examinations. Now this process only takes two days because of the computerized system and dedicated lines connecting the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the KHPLEI.

The KHPLEI, which always cares about its customers, has installed a call center for customer services. The center provides information on examinations and responds to any inconveniences reported by the customers.

The KHPLEI aims to become a global leading examination organization

With the new multi-purpose building, the KHPLEI aims to become a global leading examination institute.

The KHPLEI will develop advanced evaluation methods for establishing medical diagnoses using computerized images, such as CAT and CBT scans from the most updated information technologies. Furthermore, as the first institution in Asia to introduce the clinical skill test for physicians, the NHPLEB will also work to expand it to other health professionals in order to promote Korean healthcare to world-class standards.

※ The first clinical skill test for physicians in Asia Systematic and scientific test construction ※ World-class health professionals certified through an excellent assessment system ※ At the center of the achievements stands the Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute