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Certification is valid for 10 years. Certified specialists may apply for recertification as early as three years prior to their certification expiration date.

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.

Test Dates

Feb. 26-March 12, 2022



  • Online Application

    The online application system for specialists whose certification expires in 2021 or 2022. Online PDP applicants also need to complete the Professional Development Portfolio Word forms (located below).

  • Professional Development Portfolio - Blank Forms (.docx)

    These forms will need to be completed offline and uploaded during the online application submission process and include a recertification checklist.

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