Diplomates

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:

The Recertification and Self-assessment examination registration has closed.  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.