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Emergency Medicine Application & Exam Fee Schedule

Effective August 2020

The following is the 2021  pricing schedule for the application and written examination fees for initial certification in Emergency Medicine.

The application fees vary based on the date the complete application is received by ABPS.

ABPS recently moved to an online application system supported by Aperture Credentialing, LLC. ABPS will invoice the amount due and send it via email after you have successfully submitted the online application. The application fee must be paid in full before your application can be processed. For full details regarding the online application submission process, click here.

Application Dates and Fees

Application Fee Schedule for August 2021 Written Exam
Complete Application & Payment
Received By:
Application Fee:
December 31, 2020 $500
January 1-February 1, 2021 $995

All deadlines are as of 11:59 p.m. ET (Eastern Time) on the dates listed above. Candidates are encouraged to apply early to ensure they meet published deadlines.

Failure to submit a complete application by the final deadline of February 1 will delay the Board’s review of your application materials, and consequently preclude you from taking the exam in this 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 Emergency Medicine certification exams are offered at a network of testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada and are typically given during a three-week period in August of each year. The August 2021 testing period will run from August 1 through August 21.

Registration forms will be mailed to approved candidates in May for the August exams. Once registered, candidates can then select the time, date, and testing location that is most convenient for their schedule, which may include evening or weekend hours at select centers.

August 2021 Exam Fee Schedule
Registration Forms & Payment
Postmarked By:
Exam Fee:
June 1, 2021 $1,100
After June 1, 2021 $1,450

All deadlines are as of 11:59 p.m. ET (Eastern Time) on the dates listed above. It is the candidate’s responsibility to be aware of and comply with registration deadlines. In fairness to all candidates, ABPS adheres firmly to its published deadlines for registration and late registration for its exams.

Oral  Certification Examination

Candidates for initial certification in Emergency Medicine 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 2020 Oral Examination in Emergency Medicine has been cancelled due to ongoing effects of the pandemic. Registered candidates will have their exam deferred to the Spring 2021 examination date. The Spring 2021 Oral Examination in Emergency Medicine is scheduled to be held in Tampa, FL on Thursday-Friday, April 8-9. Registration forms will be mailed to eligible candidates in December 2020 and the fee is $1,540. A Fall oral examination administration in 2021 is planned and the date will be announced as soon as the date is selected.

Payment Methods

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.

Retake Fees

Candidates are permitted three attempts to pass the written examination and three attempts to pass the oral examination. Only one attempt per testing window is allowed.

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 2020 CMF for Emergency Medicine diplomates is $895.