The American Osteopathic Conjoint Examination Committee on Addiction Medicine administers subspecialty certification exams and osteopathic continuous certification (recertification) examinations. The following stages represent key milestones in the process to obtain initial subspecialty certification in Addiction Medicine.

Confirm Board-Eligibility

  • AOA or ACGME Fellowship completion:
    • Board-eligible status begins upon completion of your AOA or ACGME Fellowship program in Addiction Medicine and ends Dec. 31 of the sixth year after you complete training. View eligibility requirements for AOA board certification.
  • Clinical Pathway Eligibility
    • Board-eligible status is granted to candidates that qualify based on the clinical pathway eligibility. Candidates will remain eligible until the Clinical Pathway closes Dec. 31, 2026. View eligibility requirements for AOA board certification.

Initial Certification Exam

1. The initial certification exam is offered once a year. Please check Important Dates for upcoming administrations.

Become Board Certified

2. Upon successful completion of all initial certification exam components, the American Osteopathic Conjoint Examination committee on Addition Medicine will recommend osteopathic board certification in subspecialty of addiction medicine.

3. You will receive a letter from the AOA via email once certification has been approved.

4. You are now board certified. You will receive your certification in the mail within 10-12 weeks upon notification of approval.

5. Your subspecialty certification in addiction medicine will remain active for 10 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.


Osteopathic Continuous Certification

  • Component 1: Maintain active licensure.
  • Component 2: Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.
  • Component 3: Complete the OCC recertification exam.
  • Component 4: Complete the practice performance assessment.