OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

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The following list outlines OCC requirements for AOA Board Certification issued by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP). NOTE: An OCC annual fee of $225 will be issued starting in 2022 for diplomates with certification or recertification dates of 2019, 2020 and 2021. This fee will cover all costs associated with OCC, except the OMT Performance exam registration fee and fees associated with CME courses/activities. View FAQs about the Longitudinal Assessment.

Select the expiration date for your initial certification or recertification:

Expires in 2021

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment):

Diplomates must pass the 200-question cognitive exam.

If you passed this exam in 2019 or 2020, you have fulfilled this requirement. You will be required to begin participation in Longitudinal Assessment in 2022.

If you passed the cognitive exam in 2021, you have fulfilled this requirement. You will be required to begin participation in Longitudinal Assessment in 2023.

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four of the following activities:

  • ACOFP modules
    $525 each
  • NBOME modules
    $525 each
  • Attestation (No Fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply here.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2022. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.

Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
Registration fee: $400
Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.

Expires in 2022

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2022.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

You will need to begin participation in Longitudinal Assessment beginning in January 2022.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters by Dec. 31, 2022.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opened October 1, 2021
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four of the following activities:

  • ACOFP modules
    $525 each
  • NBOME modules
    $525 each
  • Attestation (no fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply here.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2022. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.
  2. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee: $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.
Expires in 2023

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2023.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin January 2023.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters by Dec. 31, 2023.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens October 1, 2022
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four of the following activities:

  • ACOFP modules
    $525 each
  • NBOME modules
    $525 each
  • Attestation (no fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply here.

Requirements to Maintain Family Medicine Certification and OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee:  $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.
  2. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate availability in 2022. Cost will be determined by fees from course sponsor.
Expires in 2024

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2024.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin January 2024.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters by Dec. 31, 2024.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – September (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens October 1, 2023
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four of the following activities:

  • ACOFP modules
    $525 each
  • NBOME modules
    $525 each
  • Attestation (no fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply here.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2022. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.
  2. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee: $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.
Expires in 2025

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2025.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin January 2025.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters by Dec. 31, 2025.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens October 1, 2024
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four of the following activities:

  • ACOFP modules
    $525 each
  • NBOME modules
    $525 each
  • Attestation (no fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply here.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2022. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.
  2. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee: $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.
Expires in 2026

You currently hold an 8-year certificate. All your OCC requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2026.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

  • You must complete a total of three quarters by Dec. 31, 2026.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens October 1, 2025
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is requiredYour participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin Jan. 2026
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

You are required to complete four of the following activities:

  • ACOFP modules
    $525 each
  • NBOME modules
    $525 each
  • Attestation (no fee)
    Note: Only one attestation is allowed

If you have not registered for your required module/modules, please apply here.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2022. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.
  2. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee: $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.
Expires in 2027

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2027, You currently hold a 9-year certificate.  You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

  • Active participation in Longitudinal Assessment must start January 2022.
  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Dec. 31.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept.(10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

Complete one activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2022. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.
  2. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee: $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.
Expires in 2028

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2028, you currently hold a 9-year certificate. You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Active participation in Longitudinal Assessment must start Jan. 2022.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Dec. 31.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

Complete one activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2022. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.

Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
Registration fee: $400
Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.

Expires in 2029

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2029, you currently hold a 9-year certificate. You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

*Physicians obtaining initial certification in 2021 will begin the longitudinal assessment in January 2022. Applications are open until January 31, 2022.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Active participation in Longitudinal Assessment must start Jan. 2022.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Dec. 31.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

Complete one activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2022. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.
  2. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee: $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.
Expires in 2030

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2030, you currently hold a 9-year certificate. You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Dec. 31.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

Complete one activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2022. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.
  2. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee: $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.
Expires in 2031

If your initial certification or recertification expires in 2030, you currently hold a 9-year certificate. You are required to meet the following criteria for Osteopathic Continuous Certification.

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. See the AOA CME Guide for details.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Active participation in Longitudinal Assessment must start January 2024.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Dec. 31.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1, 2023
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment)

Complete one activity every three years. There is no additional fee.

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2022. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.
  2. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee: $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.
ABMS reciprocity granted before Dec. 31, 2021

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. Requirements will be prorated as defined in the AOA CME Guide.

Component 3 (Cognitive Assessment):

Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin Jan. 2023.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Dec. 31., 202
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opened July 1, 2022
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

Waived until the following 3-year cycle.

Complete one activity every three years:

  • Attestation
    No additional fee

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2021. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.
  2. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee: $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.
ABMS reciprocity granted between Jan. 1-Nov. 21, 2022

Component 1 (Active Licensure):

A candidate/diplomate must hold a valid, active license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, commonwealth, District of Columbia or U.S. territory, or Canada. Those physicians holding only an active license (or registration) to practice medicine outside the U.S. may be considered for OCC on a case-by-case basis.

Component 2 (Lifelong Learning):

You are required to earn 120 hours of CME every three years. Requirements will be prorated as defined in the AOA CME Guide.

Component 3 (Assessment):

Your participation in Longitudinal Assessment must begin Jan. 2023.

  • You must complete a total of three quarters annually by Dec. 31.
    • Q1: Jan. – March (10 questions)
    • Q2: April – June (10 questions)
    • Q3: July – Sept. (10 questions)
    • Q4: Oct. – Dec. (remediation period if necessary)
  • Registration opens Oct. 1, 2022
  • No high-stakes cognitive exam is required
  • Longitudinal Assessment FAQs

Component 4 (Practice Performance Assessment):

Waived until the following 3-year cycle.

Complete one activity every three years:

  • Attestation
    No additional fee

Requirements to Maintain Certification in OMT:

If you wish to maintain certification in OMT, there are currently two options:

  1. Complete 12 hours of OMT hands-on training approved by AOBFP every nine years
    Note: We anticipate this option will be available in 2021. The cost will be determined by the course sponsor.
  2. Take the Performance Exam once every nine years
    Registration fee: $400
    Note: The Performance Exam must be taken in the last 3 years of certification.