Orthopedic Surgery Application & Exam Fee Schedule
Updated February 2017
The following is the 2018 tiered pricing for the application and written examination fees for initial certification in Orthopedic Surgery.
The application 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 Application Checklist found on the last page 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.
Application Dates and Fees
|Application Fee Schedule for May 2018 Exam
|Complete Application & Payment
|October 1, 2017||$350|
|November 1, 2017||$500|
|December 15, 2017||$1,095|
The Board will not schedule or review incomplete applications, therefore, submission of an incomplete application may delay the Board’s Credentialing review of your application and consequently may preclude you from taking the exam in your desired administration window.
The application fee is non-refundable.
Written Examination Dates and Fees
The American Board of Physician Specialties uses computer-based testing administration for all written examinations. Our Orthopedic Surgery exams are offered at a network of testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada and are given during a three-week period in May of each year. The May 2018 testing period runs from May 1 through May 21.
Registered candidates select the time, date, and testing location that is most convenient for their schedule, which may include evening or weekend hours at select centers.
Registration paperwork is mailed to approved candidates in February for the May exams.
|May 2018 Exam Fee Schedule
|Registration Forms & Payment
|March 8, 2018||$900|
|After March 8, 2018||$1,400|
Oral Certification Examination
Candidates for initial certification in Orthopedic Surgery must first successfully complete the written examination before they are permitted to take the oral examination. Oral examinations for applicable specialties are offered once a year in Tampa, FL.
The date for the 2018 Oral Examination in Orthopedic Surgery has not yet been determined. Registration will be mailed to approved candidates approximately three months prior to the exam date and the fee is $1,600.
The 2017 Oral Examination in Orthopedic Surgery is scheduled to be held on October 7.
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 for Written and Oral or Simulation 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.
Candidates are permitted to take both the written and oral examinations (applicable only to the specialties requiring oral examinations), as many as three times in order to pass.
The retake fee for initial certification written exams is $800. Candidates are required to pay the full exam fee for each oral exam attempt.
Certification Management Fee (CMF)
Once certified, all ABPS Diplomates are required to remit a Certification Management Fee (CMF) beginning with the first annual billing cycle after certifying. 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. The 2017 CMF for Orthopedic Surgery diplomates is $895.