What is Continuous Certification?

Continuous Certification is a program used to demonstrate the plastic surgeon's commitment to life-long learning and practice improvement throughout the certification years.  

Certificates issued since 1995 are valid for 10 years and all Continuous Certification requirements must be met in order to renew certification for an additional 10-year period.

Prior to 1995, certificates were issued with no expiration date and valid indefinitely.  Diplomates with lifetime certification are expected and encouraged to participate (voluntarily) in the ABPS Continuous Certification Program.

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



        • Verification of state medical license(s), hospital privileges, accreditation of nonhospital-based freestanding outpatient surgery centers, and peer review 

Life-long Learning & Self-Assessment

        • 125 CME credits in the previous five years
        • Completion of one ABPS-approved educational activity

Assessment of Knowledge, Judgement, & Skills

        • Continuous Certification Examination

Improvement in Medical Practice

        • Completion of one Practice Improvement Module to review case data
        • Action Plan for Improvement
        • Review of benchmarking report of case data to compare to peers


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