Orthopedic Surgery Application & Exam Fee Schedule
Effective August 2020
The following is 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.
The application fee must be paid at the time of application. For full details regarding the online application submission process, click here.
Application Dates and Fees
|Application Fee Schedule for May Exam
|Complete Application & Payment
|November 1 – December 1||$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 December 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 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 testing period runs from May 1 through May 21.
Registration forms will be mailed to approved candidates in February for the May 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.
|May Exam Fee Schedule
|Registration Forms & Payment
|March 9 – March 31||$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 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 2023 Oral Examination in Orthopedic Surgery will be held virtually (via Zoom) on November 3-4, 2023. Registration forms will be mailed to approved candidates approximately three months prior to the exam date and the fee is $1,600.
Payment must be made by credit card. ABPS accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.
Candidates for Written and Oral 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 current CMF for Orthopedic Surgery diplomates is $895.