Diplomates

Note: ABFAS is transitioning its ten-year Maintenance of Certification programs to the LEAD program, a process of continuous certification based on a longitudinal assessment. All diplomates, regardless of certification year, will participate in the new program starting in 2022, and at that time ABFAS will no longer conduct recertification/self-assessment examinations. Learn more on the LEAD program webpage.

 

Self-assessment (Diplomates Certified Before 1991), lifetime certificate

Diplomates certified before 1991 have a lifetime certificate but must take the self-assessment examination every ten years. They may take the exam in either their 8th, 9th, or 10th year and meet other maintenance of certification requirements.

Self-assessment Process

Recertification (Diplomates Certified After 1990), time-limited certificate

Diplomates certified after 1990 are certified for a period of ten years. They must recertify in either their 8th, 9th, or 10th year and meet other maintenance of certification requirements.

Recertification Process

Recertification and Self-assessment Exams:

Registration for the 2021 Recertification and Self-assessment exams will open on November 2, 2020. 

 

Diplomate Certificates

After you meet all Board Certification requirements, ABFAS will issue a certificate confirming Diplomate Status in Foot Surgery and/or Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. If you achieve Board Certification in Foot and RRA in the same year, you will receive two separate certificates. 

First Time Certificate 

Recertification Label

Diplomates may promote their status using ABFAS promotional materials, including letterheads, publications, logos, and other advertisements. See the Promote Your Certification page.