Application period for 2014 Certification Examination is now closed. The 2015 Application period will open October 1, 2014.

Step 1. For an idea of what to expect, review the 2014 Eligibility Criteria . Practice experience hours (need be accrued over past 5 years) and 50 CME credits (need be earned during the period Sept. 1, 2014 – Nov. 1, 2015). Applicants can project  plan to earn 50 CME hours through November. To discuss CME requirement, write to:

Step 2. Complete the application online. The application is a fillable 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.

Step 3. Save application file as: Last Name, First Name.  Submit application by email to:  

Step 4. Complete payment prompt sent to you upon application submission. Upon filing the application, you will be promptly 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 weeks of filing of a complete application. Permit to book Prometric test site is issued in September.


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.