About the Recertification Fees
Updated November 2016
A new recertification application fee schedule takes effect with the 2017 recertification examination administrations. All ABPS Recertification fees are a combined fee covering both your application fee and one examination attempt. Of the fee, $500 is considered to be a non-refundable application fee.
The recertification fees vary based on the date the complete application is received by ABPS. An application is deemed complete when all required documentation listed on the recertification application checklist (part of the application packet), is included in the application submission. Incomplete applications may be subject to one of the later application fees.
We highly recommend that all required documents be sent via certified mail or other traceable means to ensure that the complete application arrives by the intended deadline. Confirmation of receipt from ABPS could take 2-4 weeks, depending on the volume of applications being received.
The following application deadline/fee schedule applies to specialty recertification exams administered in May:
|Specialty||Received by October 1||Received by November 1||Received by December 15|
|Family Medicine Obstetrics||$1,099.00||$1,499.00||$1,675.00|
The following application deadline/fee schedule applies to specialty recertification exams administered in October:
|Specialty||Received by March 1||Received by April 1||Received by May 15|
IMPORTANT! Candidates for ABPS examinations are responsible for arranging and direct remittance of all related travel and hotel accommodations and expenses. ABPS will not be held responsible for expenses incurred beyond the cost of the exam, including but not limited to travel expenses and lost wages on the day of the exam.
If paying by check or money order, please make payable to ABPS. If paying by credit card, ABPS accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.
Candidates are permitted to take the recertification as many as three times in order to pass.
There is a $600 Retake fee for each additional attempt of the written recertification examinations.
Certification Management Fee (CMF)
Once certified, all ABPS Diplomates are required to remit the Certification Management Fee (CMF). The CMF is an annual fee that supports the management and governance of the ABPS certification and recertification programs. The fee also supports day-to-day operations of each specialty board, including maintenance of certification standards, board administration, advocacy and brand awareness. Additionally, the CMF defrays the cost to advise and attest to a physician’s board certification status with hospitals and managed care organizations.
ABPS Diplomates must be current with Certification Management Fees and other financial obligations before applying for recertification.