Continuous Certification Exam Process & Requirements

The Continuous Certification Application is required in year 7, 8, OR 9 in order to take the Examination in year 8, 9, OR 10 of the 10-year certification cycle.

  • Online application and instructions are available in June. An email notification is sent.
  • Application must be finalized on the Board's website by September 1st.  
  • Email reminders are sent as applicable to diplomates prior to deadline dates.


  • Current, Unrestricted State Medical License(s)
  • Three Peer Review Evaluations (emailed to peers through the online application)
  • Hospital Privileges: active, inpatient admitting privileges in plastic surgery. Documentation required with Reply Form
  • Accreditation certificates for all outpatient surgical facilities (if applicable)
  • Report of 150 credits of Continuing Medical Education from CME Provider or Summary Sheet of CMEs with certificates from previous 3 years. 
    • Category requirements: 60 credits in Category I, 50 credits in plastic surgery activities, 20 credits in patient safety
  • Advertising Material published within the last 12 months
  • Explanation of Professional Issue Questions answered “YES” (if applicable)
  • Supporting documentation for disability request (if applicable)
  • Hand Surgery Certificate from ABS or ABOS (if applicable - Not required if through ABPS)
  • Current driver’s license or valid passport


  • Appointment/reappointment letters verifying full, admitting and operating hospital privileges in plastic surgery at each hospital. Refer to sample hospital letter.
  • All medical licenses which indicate the expiration date
  • All outpatient facility accreditation letters or certificates with valid expiration date


NOTE: Documents must be uploaded as PDF files. You may access a resource such as to convert files to PDF.


Beginning in April 2019, the Continuous Certification Examination will move to an Internet-Based testing format, rather than a Computer-Based Test which traditionally involved traveling to a testing center. The Exam can be taken on any computer with internet connection and is no longer limited to one day with a four hour window.

The Exam can be accessed at any point throughout the administration period April 1-30 and diplomates can exit and re-enter as many times as necessary to complete the Exam. The Exam must be completed by April 30 – no exceptions.

The Continuous Certification Exam will now incorporate relevant content for each question into the exam. After answering a question, the diplomate will be directed to the supporting rationale. After reading the rationale, the diplomate will be offered an additional opportunity to answer the question if incorrectly answered on the first attempt. Scoring for the exam is based on the final response. This change dramatically reduces the amount of study time required ahead of testing.



2019 Continuous Certification Exam Application Cover Letter

2019 Continuous Certification Exam Booklet of Information


The AMA awards 60 CME credits for successful completion of the Continuous Certification program. Additional information can be found on the AMA website,

On the AMA website, look for "Direct credit application" - requires login, click on "create account." Membership in AMA not required.


  • Locate a copier that will scan the document as a PDF file. Many copiers, scanners and fax machines have this capability. Save the PDF’s to your desktop so you can browse and upload from there.
  • Scan a letter or picture of a document (jpeg format) and copy to a Word document. Save the Word document as a PDF file. Be sure to select PDF as your file type.
  • Scan a letter or picture of a document (jpeg format) and upload it to or a similar service. At minimal or no cost, they will convert the document to a PDF file.
  • Those who receive faxes as digital fax images can print to PDF if Adobe Acrobat is available.
  • As a last resort, go to an Office Supply store with the paper documents and for a nominal fee, they can provide the individual documents as a PDF file to you on a CD or flash drive that you can use to upload to the Board’s website.