• 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.

    Transition to 'Maintenance' Program

    ABPTS has transitioned to the maintenance of specialist certification (MOSC) program. All individuals who have a certification expiration date of 2023 or higher are subject to the new MOSC process, not the recertification program detailed below. These individuals should go directly to the MOSC program page.

    Recertification Deadlines

    • The recertification application deadline for specialists recertifying by taking the exam is December 31, 2020 and the deadline for specialists recertifying through the completion of an accredited residency program or Professional Development Portfolio is January 31, 2021.
      Please note: This represents a three-month extension of the application submission, eligibility, and payment deadlines due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As applications are reviewed in order of submission, potential applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the deadline to expedite the application review process. An option for an initial partial payment of the application fee will also be available. The application extension and/or partial payment option is automatically extended to all recertification applicants. Prior approval is not required.

    Test Dates

    Feb 27 - March 13: 2021 Exam Dates

  • Last Updated: 10/27/2020
    Contact: spec-recert@apta.org