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All certifications in the Continuing Certification (CC) Program have an Assessment requirement which must be met at least once every 10 years. The requirement may be satisfied through either ABPath CertLink® (ABPCL) or the Continuing Certification Examination.

Certifications issued in 2008, 2009, or 2010 must meet their first Assessment requirement through the CC examination. Please see the CC Exam Requirement & Refund section below for details.

  • Certifications that do not have a set expiration date must have the Assessment requirement met by the end of every 10-year CC cycle. An exception is made if a certification is issued after Year 7 of the current 10-year cycle.
  • Certifications that do have a set expiration date must have the Assessment requirement met by the expiration date.

Assessment Methods

CC Exam Requirement & Refund

Due to ABPCL’s stage of development and the time remaining for some certification expiration dates, certifications issued in 2008, 2009, or 2010 must take and pass the CC examination for the certification before its expiration date. Upon receiving an updated certificate future Assessment requirements can be met through either ABPCL or the CC examination.

As an incentive for participation in the ABPCL pilot, those diplomates were offered a partial $500 CC exam refund based on requirements shown in the following table. Once a diplomate meets eligibility requirements ABPath will provide instructions via email on how to claim the refund.

Year of Initial Certification CC Exam ABPCL Participation
2008 Passed on 1st attempt 3 quarters by 6/30/19
2009 Passed on 1st attempt 3 quarters by 12/31/19
2010 Passed on 1st attempt 6 quarters by 12/31/2020

 

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