About the Recertification Fees
Updated July 2022
ABPS recently moved to an online application submission system – simply log in to your diplomate account to start the recertification application process. The recertification fee varies based on the date the application is submitted by the diplomate.
Recertification applications received by the deadline but deemed incomplete due to missing documentation may be assessed the additional $250 late fee.
All deadlines are as of 11:59 p.m. ET (Eastern Time) on the dates listed below.
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|
ABPS Recertification fees are a combined fee covering both a non-refundable application fee and one examination attempt. Applicants for recertification who withdraw the application prior to an exam attempt would be entitled to a $600 refund.
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.
Payment of the recertification application fee is made via credit card at the time of application submission. 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.