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.


Congratulations on reaching the status of Board Certified ABFAS Diplomate! Attaining Board Certification is a major professional achievement and a career milestone, and ABFAS offers resources for Diplomates to promote their certification


LEAD Continuous Certification Program

ABFAS has retired the former Recertification and Self-assessment Exams Diplomates formerly used to maintain their certification. Starting in January 2022, all Diplomates—regardless of certification expiration year—will participate in the new LEAD Continuous Certification program.


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.