Certificate Policies and Processes

One certificate confirming certification, osteopathic continuous certification (recertification) or CAQ status is forwarded to the diplomate at no charge within four months of the notice from the AOA awarding certification by the AOA’s Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. Family practice certification certificates issued prior to March 1997 are not time-dated. Certificates dated March 1997 and thereafter expire eight years from the issuance date. Certificates dated Jan. 1, 2019, and thereafter expire nine years from the issuance date.

CAQ certificates in addiction medicine and sports medicine are time-limited for 10 years. The CAQ certificate in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and the CAQ certificate in Geriatric Medicine are time-dated for 10 years if issued after Dec. 1, 1995.

Reissued certificates may be ordered directly on the Physician Portal with your AOA user name and password. Certificates cost $50 each and the processing time is 8-12 weeks.