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The purpose of recertification is to verify current competence as an advanced practitioner in a specialty area and to encourage ongoing education and professional growth. To maintain the certified specialist designation, individuals must recertify every 10 years. By maintaining their specialist certification, certified specialists indicate that they are committed to clinical excellence and the development of knowledge and skills in their chosen specialty.

Recertification Deadlines

The recertification application deadline for specialists recertifying by taking the exam is Oct. 1, 2021, and the deadline for specialists recertifying through the completion of an accredited residency program or Professional Development Portfolio is Oct. 31, 2021.

Please note: This represents a three-month extension of the application submission, eligibility, and payment deadlines due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As applications are reviewed in order of submission, potential applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the deadline to expedite the application review process. An option for an initial partial payment of the application fee also will be available. The application extension and/or partial payment option is automatically extended to all recertification applicants. Prior approval is not required. 

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Test Dates

2022 exam dates are February 26-March 12

Emeritus Status

Current board-certified specialists who have retired from direct patient and client care (as defined by ABPTS) may apply to be granted the designation "emeritus." 

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