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Financial FAQs

Financial FAQ's

What philosophical principles drive ABP's financial decisions?

The ABP and its Board of Directors are 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 diplomate fees while fulfilling our fundamental purpose of ensuring a high level of physician competence to produce the best possible healthcare outcomes for children.

What is the cost to take the initial certification exam?

The 2018 fee for general pediatrics certifying examination is $2,265. This fee includes the cost of the first five years of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) enrollment.

The 2018 fee for the subspecialty certification examinations is $2,900.

Who decides how much fees increase? On what is the decision based?

All fees are set by ABP's 15-member board of directors, guided by the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.

What do exam fees cover?

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

Does the ABP post financial details?

Yes. We file tax forms with the IRS (form 990) that are available publicly. One of the sources from which the ABP’s financial information (as reported to the IRS) may be obtained is GuideStar, a public charity that collects, organizes, and presents information about non-profits and the work they do. The information includes detailed financial and organization information.

The ABP has earned “gold status” from GuideStar for our level of transparency. Learn more about the ABP’s GuideStar report.

We also have posted information on fiscal year 2013 and 2014, and the budget for 2015.

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

ABP general pediatrics fees compare very favorably for the initial certification exam. For example, when factoring in the value of the first (5-year) MOC cycle, which is included in the certification exam fee, only two other boards (American Board of Internal Medicine, or ABIM and American Board of Pathology or ABPath) have a lower fee than ABP for their first 10 year cycle. ABIM is able to offer lower fees because it certifies a much larger number of diplomates, and can spread the cost of the examinations over a much larger base of participants. ABP’s fees are “all inclusive,” while ABPath and some other boards do not provide any Part 2 or Part 4 activities, so diplomates must pay additional fees to other organizations to fulfill their MOC requirements.

ABP subspecialty fees are higher than those of some other boards because, like internal medicine, pediatrics must offer a very wide array of subspecialty exams, but, unlike internal medicine, there are many fewer pediatric subspecialists taking an exam that has fixed development costs.

What is the cost of maintenance of certification (MOC)?

The cost to enroll in one 5-year cycle of MOC in 2018 will be $1,304 (or $275 if choosing the annual payment option). The fee has remained the same since 2015. Read our Enrollment and Fees page for more information.