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Financial FAQs

Financial FAQs

Who and what drives the ABP's financial decisions?

All financial decisions are made by the ABP Board of Directors, guided by the ABP Finance Committee. This includes determining initial certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) fees. The Board is committed to controlling certification costs while maintaining the quality of its certification process. We recognize the financial burden of certification on physicians. For that reason, we work hard to be good stewards of pediatrician fees while fulfilling our fundamental purpose of ensuring a high level of physician competence to produce the best possible health care outcomes for children.

What is the cost to take the initial certification exam?

The 2019 fee for the General Pediatrics certifying examination is $2,265. This fee covers the first five years of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

The 2019 and 2020 fees for pediatric subspecialty certification examinations are $2,900.

What is the cost of Maintenance of Certification (MOC)?

The cost to enroll in MOC in 2019 for one certification area is $275 if choosing the annual payment option or $1,304 for a five-year cycle. This fee has remained the same since 2015 and compares favorably with the cost of most specialty society dues. Additional fees apply for those who maintain more than one certification or choose to take a proctored exam at a secure testing center.

What do exam and MOC fees cover?

The fees cover costs of developing, administering, evaluating, and reporting the results of the examinations, as well as credentialing, trainee tracking and evaluation, MOC activities, and other functions essential to certification.

How do ABP fees compare to those of other certifying boards?

ABP fees for the General Pediatrics certifying exam compare very favorably to the fees of other certifying boards because they include the first five years of MOC. Only two other boards — the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Pathology (ABPath) — have a lower fee than the ABP for their initial certification exam plus first continuing certification cycle. ABIM is able to offer lower fees because it certifies a much larger number of physicians and can spread the cost of the examinations over a much larger base of participants. ABPath is able to offer lower fees because, unlike the ABP, it does not provide free MOC activities for its physicians to fulfill their MOC requirements.

ABP subspecialty fees are higher than those of some other boards because, like the ABIM, the ABP must offer a very wide array of subspecialty exams. Unlike at the ABIM, however, fewer pediatric subspecialists take our subspecialty exams. Fixed development costs that are independent of the number of test takers increase the per-person cost of administering the exam.

Is detailed financial information about the ABP available to the public?

Yes. We file IRS tax form 990 and post it, along with other organizational details, on GuideStar/Candid, a nonprofit organization that collects, organizes, and presents information about nonprofits and the work they do. The ABP has earned GuideStar/Candid's platinum seal of transparency  — its highest level — for publishing our financial and organizational details.