Frequently Asked Questions
Board Qualification & Certification Examinations
- The application deadline was July 31, 2020
- The Hybrid Exam and Certification Examination will be administered on Friday, October 16, 2020
- Certification Section Retakes and Certification Exam for current Board Qualified members will be administered on Tuesday, May 18, 2021
- The Certification Examination will be administered on Tuesday, October 5, 2021
- New Certification Exam: July 31, 2021
- Certification Exam Individual Section Retakes: March 15, 2021
- If you are currently holding board qualified status, you may submit your application for the spring administration by March 15, 2021 or for the fall administration by July 31, 2021
Part 2 Board Certification Exam only: $1,600.00
Certification Exam: $1,750.00
Individual Section Retakes: $875.00
A single application is present on the website. The application must be submitted electronically.
Applicants who are unable to take the examination may request a refund. Appropriate fees will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the examination. There is $250 application fee that is non-refundable upon receipt. If headquarters is notified less than 30 days prior to the examination, refund fees listed on the application will apply. Any documentation that is submitted for a refund is reviewed by committee and determinations are made on an individual basis. Applicants who do not request a refund prior to the examination, and who do not appear for any portion of the examination, waive the right to have any of their examination fee refunded.
Examinations are administered through a network of national testing centers. ABPM will provide contact information to examination candidates on how to schedule their test-center appointment approximately 8 weeks prior to the examination date. Candidates are responsible for scheduling their own examination. Access to the test center location of choice is subject to a given center's availability.
Test centers are designed to provide a consistent, standardized testing experience in a quiet, distraction-free environment. All centers are designed to provide candidates with the most comfort possible during the examination process.
The board certification examination consists of 125 multiple choice items and 9 clinical scenarios. The clinical scenarios need to be worked through by the candidate. Candidates are provided initial patient information and other relevant clinical material from which to work through the case. Each segment of the case is assigned scoring criteria. As the clinical content varies from case to case the particular scoring criteria, likewise, varies accordingly. The test includes 25 multiple choice items and 1 clinical scenario that are unscored and included for field testing purposes.
The examination subject area content is delineated further in the Subject Outline of the General Examination Information link on the website.
Candidates will be furnished examination results on line approximately 6-8 weeks from the examination date, along with an explanation of their results. There is no appeal after the conclusion of the examination. The Board will not discuss the specifics of an individual candidate’s performance for any reason, including, but not limited to, using examination results as a study guide for future needs, etc.
Upon achieving board certified classification individuals are subsequently required to pay annual re-registration fees. Payment is due in March of each year and will incur a late payment penalty if delinquent. The following is the present fee structure:
- Current Board Qualified: $200
- Board Certified: $350
What additional financial and other obligations will I be responsible for after becoming board certified?
Individuals who achieve board certification are granted this classification for a 10 year period with the following provision:
Newly board certified members (Diplomates) are required to provide ongoing documentation of remaining current in the specialty. They are automatically enrolled in the ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. The program outlines the re-credentialing requirements over the duration of the Diplomate’s 10 year cycle.
The new Diplomate will receive further enrollment information for the MOC program. Details and requirements of the program are available at the ABPM website. The enrollment fee may be paid in two ways: $200 annually for the 10-year cycle, or a single initial payment of $1635. Enrollment begins the calendar year following the year in which the individual achieved board certification.
ABPM now has an app for iOS/Android devices which contains practice questions to help prepare for the Part 1 (Qualification) examination. To download the app, please search for ABPM in Apple iTunes or Google Play. In addition, The American College of Podiatric Medicine offers a Review Text. Information can be found on their website ACPMed.org.
Sample case scenarios are available on the ABPM PearsonVUE homepage, https://home.pearsonvue.com/abpmed. Candidates do not need to log in to use this feature, it is available on the lower right hand side menu.
When should I arrive?
- Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
- Make sure to familiarize yourself with the testing center location and parking before your appointment.
- Your confirmation from Pearson will have specific details for the center.
What if I arrive late?
- If you arrive at your appointment time or later you may not be able to test. Availability at the centers is limited.
What identification will I need?
- A primary government issued photo ID such a driver’s license or passport (must not be expired)
- A secondary ID with either your signature or photograph such as a Social Security card or credit/ATM card.
- Your name must match exactly to what ABPM has on file or you will not be allowed to test.
Exam Structure and Scheduled Breaks
- The exam consists of two 200 minute sections.
- There is a scheduled 20 minute break between the sections.
- You make take unscheduled breaks as needed, but the time will continue to run on your exam.
Lodging and Travel
- ABPM cannot guarantee that center near you is available. In the event you need to travel, you are responsible for making your own arrangements.
Candidates completing PMSR or PMSR/RRA programs may sit for the board qualification exam only at the conclusion of their final residency year.
- Candidates are granted Board Eligible status for 8 years upon completion of an approved CPME residency.
An additional 5 years of eligibility will be granted if certification is attempted but not achieved in the first 8 years. Candidates in this group must pass both sections of the Certification Exam in the same year to achieve certified status.
- For candidates who completed 36 months of eligible residency training prior to 2015:
Candidates who attempted board certification after 2012 and did not obtain board certification status will have access to the certification process through 2023 but must apply and pass both parts1 and 2 in the same examination year.
- For candidates who completed 24 months of eligible residency training:
Beginning in 2019 all applicants must have 3 years of approved residency training to be eligible to sit for the examinations.
Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, pass both the didactic and case sections of the Certification Examination and must provide evidence of an active license to practice podiatric medicine to be granted board certified classification.
If you pass one section of the exam, your scores are valid for the length of your eligibility. For example: if you complete residency in 2021 you are eligible until 2029. If you take the exam in October 2021 and pass the cases but not the didactic section, you have until 2029 to take and pass just the didactic section. Your case section score is valid until your eligibility expires.