The purpose of recertification is to verify current competence as an advanced practitioner in a specialty area and to encourage ongoing education and professional growth. To maintain the certified specialist designation, individuals must recertify every 10 years. By maintaining their specialist certification, certified specialists indicate that they are committed to clinical excellence and the development of knowledge and skills in their chosen specialty.
ABPTS is in the process of transitioning to a maintenance of specialist certification (MOSC) program that should be in place by 2016. All individuals who were newly certified or recertified as of 2013 are subject to the new MOSC process. This will include a waiver of the first 3-year requirements, meaning that board-certified specialists certified or recertified in 2013 will be required to begin the process by fulfilling the year 6 requirements in 2016.
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