About the Recertification Fees
Updated July 2020
The recertification fee varies based on the date the complete application is received by ABPS.
ABPS recently moved to an online application system supported by Aperture Credentialing, LLC. The online application system will not let you submit your application until all required fields are completed and all required documentation has been uploaded.
ABPS will invoice the amount due via email after you complete the online submission process. All fees must be paid in full before your application can be processed. Failure to complete the submission by the published deadlines will delay the Board’s review of your application materials.
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 following application deadline/fee schedule applies to specialty recertification exams administered in May:
|Specialty||Received by October 31*||Received Nov 1- December 1|
|Family Medicine Obstetrics||$1,499.00||$1,749.00|
The following application deadline/fee schedule applies to specialty recertification exams administered in October:
|Specialty||Received by March 31*||Received April 1- May 1|
*Recertification applications received by the deadline but deemed incomplete due to missing documentation will be assessed the additional $250 late fee.
All deadlines are as of 11:59 p.m. ET (Eastern Time) on the dates listed above.
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.