Which Exams Do I Need to Take?

Board Qualification Requirements

BOARD QUALIFICATION EXAMS Requirements


Board Certification Requirements

Board Certification Exam Requirements


*     The NEW Foot Surgery CBPS: This examination supersedes Part I Foot CBPS and is required for board certification. If you previously passed Part I Foot Surgery CBPS, you must also pass the NEW Foot Surgery CBPS examination. Passage of the NEW Foot Surgery CBPS fulfills the Part II Foot Surgery CBPS examination requirement for board certification purposes.

 **    The NEW RRA Surgery CBPS: This examination supersedes Part I RRA CBPS and is required for board certification. If you previously passed Part I RRA Surgery CBPS, you must also pass the NEW RRA Surgery CBPS examination. Passage of the NEW RRA Surgery CBPS fulfills the Part II RRA Surgery CBPS examination requirement for board certification purposes.

Please note:   

  • Passed exam scores are valid for seven (7) years. If the failed section is not passed at the end of seven (7) years, the candidate must retake ALL sections in that exam series in order to fulfill those exam requirements.
  • Candidates are limited to seven (7) years to achieve Board Certified status after becoming Board Qualified.

Exam Registration Cycle - Effective September 2020

ABFAS Board Qualification Examination Schedule Effective 2020 (For Pre-2021 Residency Graduates)

The first opportunity to take the NEW Part I Board Qualification examinations will be in Fall 2020, and then again in Spring 2021.  After Spring 2021, candidates who completed residency prior to 2021 will only be able to register for the Part I Board Qualification examinations in the Spring.

ABFAS Board Qualification Examination Schedule Effective 2020 (For Pre-2021 Residency Graduates)


ABFAS Board Qualification Examination Schedule Effective 2020 (For 2021 and After Residency Graduates)

The first opportunity to take the NEW Part I Board Qualification examinations will be in Fall 2020, and then again in Spring 2021.  After Spring 2021, candidates who complete residency in 2021 and after will only be able to register for the Part I Board Qualification examinations in the Fall.

ABFAS Board Qualification Examination Schedule Effective 2020 (For 2021 and After Residency Graduates)


BQ = current Part I Board Qualification exams (didactic and 8 case CBPS)

NEW BQ = new Part I exams (didactic and NEW 12 case CBPS)

Final PGY ITE can be converted to NEW BQ exam credit if passed