Common questions about recertification exams
Most ongoing program requirements for Continuous Certification cover all certifications that a diplomate holds. For example, diplomates do not need to submit additional reference forms for additional specialties, or complete additional CME. However, the assessment or recertification exam must be completed for each certificate that a diplomate maintains. An annual fee will apply to anyone taking a Continuous Certification Assessment, and a registration fee must be paid for a traditional recertification exam (at this time, traditional recertification exams are only offered for Hand Surgery and Hospice and Palliative Medicine). The CME, practice improvement and operative log requirements should be completed in whichever areas best reflect the diplomate’s practice.
Although there are no additional program requirements for maintaining multiple certificates, all program requirements must be up to date whenever registering for an assessment, so it is important to make sure that no previously fulfilled requirements have become outdated.