Continuous Certification Activities Process & Requirements

The Continuous Certification Activities are required in years 3, 6, and 9 of the 10-year certification cycle

  • Instructions are posted on the Board's website in January.
  • Activities must be finalized by December 1st.  
  • Email reminders are sent to applicable diplomates throughout the year.


2019 Continuous Certification Activities


  • Select one tracer procedure
  • Enter data from 10 consecutive patient charts (within the last 3 years)
  • Review Benchmarking Report
  • Complete an approved educational activity aligned with the tracer procedure
  • Complete the Action Plan for Improvement


  • If NOT selected for audit: answer questions, upload CME documentation only.
  • If SELECTED for audit: answer questions, upload all supporting documentation.
  • Finalize the Professional Standing Update.


  • 30 questions completed annually
  • A minimum of 8 assessments per 10-year cycle required to satisfy 10-year exam


  • Available once all activities are completed




ABPS Quality Improvement (QI) Program

Designed to recognize the work that physicians are already doing to improve patient care in their practices. Physician participation in a QI project, authorship of a recent QI publication, or national registry are acceptable for credit.

The following applications may be submitted for consideration by the Board:

Application for Part IV credit for QI Publication

Application for Part IV credit for QI Project 

Application for Part IV credit for Registries



Preview Educational Activities aligned with Tracers


2019 Continuous Certification Activities Booklet