Examination Application

The 2015 Application Period is now open for the October 17, 2015 examination. Requirements, which are set out in the application, include: 1,920 practice experience hours (need be accrued over past 5 years) and 50 CME credits (related to addiction, earned over the period Sept. 1, 2014 – Oct. 1, 2015). For medical license requirements, see the medical license eligibility criteria. For further information, email: ABAMcertify@ABAM.net .

Step 1

First save the application (as your Last name, First Name).

Step 2

Complete the application online. The application is a fill-able PDF form. To complete the form, download the latest version of  Adobe Reader (free download) – Adobe Reader version 8 or higher is required to do so. Mac users may need to use Adobe Reader if Mac Preview will not allow this. Submission by i-Pad will not work. Medical School codes can be found here.

Step 3

Submit application by email to: ABAMapply@abam.net.

Complete the payment prompt that you receive after your submission of the application.

Upon filing the application, you will be contacted if the application is incomplete or requires additional work, otherwise the application is moving forward for review. An Acceptance letter will follow by email within 4-6 weeks of filing of a complete application.


ABAM is not a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABAM's goal is to gain recognition of Addiction Medicine as a medical specialty, and the creation of a certification process through collaboration with the ABMS and its member Boards.