Examination Application

The 2014 Application Period is closed. A new application period opens October 1, 2014 for the October 17, 2015 examination.

Step 1

Requirements include: 1,920 practice experience hours (need be accrued over past 5 years) and 50 CME credits (need to be earned over the period Sept. 1, 2014 – Nov. 1, 2015 [25 of the 50 need to be addiction-related]). For medical license requirements, see the medical license eligibility criteria. For further information, email: abamcertification@abam.net.

Step 2

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

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.  Please save the application file as: Last Name, First Name.

Step 3

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

Complete the payment prompt sent to you after the 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.