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 2021 fee for the General Pediatrics certifying examination is $2,265. This fee covers the first five years of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
The 2021 fees for pediatric subspecialty certification examinations are $2,900.
What is the cost of Maintenance of Certification (MOC)?
Pediatricians may choose to break up the payment of their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) fees into annual payments or continue to pay the full fee once every five years when they enroll in a new MOC cycle. They choose which certification areas they wish to maintain and only pay for those areas. The fees compare favorably with the cost of most specialty society dues. See the amounts and how it breaks down on our Enrollment and Fees webpage.
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. The ABP now has the lowest fee for the initial certification exam plus the first five years of MOC.
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.