Overview of Continuous Certification Program

The ABPS Continuous Certification Program (formerly MOC-PS) includes continuous self-assessment and learning throughout the certification period(s). Certificates issued since 1995 are valid for 10 years and all Continuous Certification requirements must be met in order to continue certification.


Continuous Certification Requirements

The ABPS Continuous Certification Program requirements are aligned with the four basic components listed below approved by all 24 Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS):

Part I - Professionalism

  • Required in years 3 and 9 of 10-year certification cycle
  • Verification of the following:
    • unrestricted state medical license
    • hospital privileges
    • accreditation of all outpatient surgery centers
    • submission of advertising material
    • peer evaluations

Part II - Life Long Learning and Self-Assessment

  • Required in years 6 and 9 of 10-year certification cycle
  • At least 125 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits in the previous five years

Part III - Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, & Skills

  • Required in 8 of 10 years
  • Successful completion of Self-Assessment Activity

Part IV - Improvement in Medical Practice* 

  • Required in years 3 and 6 of the 10-year certification cycle
  • Completion of one Practice Improvement Module
    • data review of 10 patient charts from one operation of your choice
    • refer to Tracer Procedures listed in the Activities Booklet
  • Review of Benchmarking Report for comparison of data to peers
  • Completion of approved educational activity related to selected tracer procedure
  • Completion of Action Plan for Improvement 



An individual Tracking Page is available upon secure log in to the Board's website. Log in to review requirements by calendar year.  


The Board will now grant credit for Parts I and II if requirements are completed through the American Board of Surgery, or another ABMS member board. Contact the Board Office at staff@abplasticsurgery.org for assistance.


2023 Continuous Certification Activities Booklet