If your certification expires on 12/31/2016, please download, fill out, and return the following form:
2016 Recertification Form

The American Board of Medical Physics recognizes the importance of continuing professional development and awards certification on a time limited basis. Continuing Education (CE or CME) is defined as “educational activities that serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance and relationships that a professional uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession.” When you complete a Category 1 CE activity you should obtain a certificate of completion from the activity’s sponsor. If you track your own CE Credits, you will need to submit this documentation to ABMP when recertifying unless you join an organization like the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). These organizations provide members with a listing of their CE transcripts. The list of your CE activities can be readily downloaded from these sites and can be submitted instead of the actual certificates.

TERM: The initial ABMP certification will be for 5 years and must be renewed every 5 years thereafter in order to maintain certification. If your recertification application is not received with appropriate CEC’s and supporting documents, you will be removed from the list of duly certified diplomates.

FEES: There will be an increase in the ABMP fee for Recertification, effective Jan 1, 2017. The following fees are now in effect for recertification:

  1. Recertification Fee (Jan 1, 2017 – Jan 31, 2017)……………………………………..$ 390.00 (fee increase effective 1/1/17)
  2. Recertification fee + late fee (Feb. 1, 2017 – Apr 1, 2017)……………………….$ 515.00
  3. Reinstatement of expired certification (after April 1, 2017)…………………….$ 775.00


Effective January 1, 2014, ABMP recertification will require at least 125 continuing education (CE) credits every five years. For the past 5 years recertification candidates have been informed that their next 5 year recertification would require 150 CE credits. The ABMP Board has recently reduced the number of CE credits required from 150 to 125 in order to be more consistent with requirements of other certifying bodies. The 125 CE credits may be met by a combination of Category 1 credits and Category 2 credits.

Category 1 Credits: At least 65 of the 125 required CE credits must be Category 1. In order for an activity to be designated for Category 1 credit it must be planned by an accredited CE provider. Category 1 credits can be obtained during attendance at National and or Local Meetings of organizations such as AAPM, HPS, ISMRM, SNM, ACR, ASTRO, NCRP, ICRP, RSNA, etc. These are formally planned meetings that include documentation of acceptable needs assessment, learning objectives, educational design, an evaluation method, and disclosure. Additional Category 1 activities include lectures and meetings in which learners are physically or remotely present and “Enduring Materials” – CE activities based on recorded or published content (i.e., printed materials, CD-ROMs, audio CDs, DVDs, Internet presentations). Some organizations such as AAPM have online learning centers that allow diplomates to obtain Category 1 credits for successfully passing quizzes associated with informational sources such as journal articles, presentations, task group reports, and other publications.

Category 2 Credits: No more than 60 of the 125 CE credits required can be Category 2 credits. These are “self-assessment” credits and include informally planned activities such as practice-based self-study, consultations with colleagues, teaching, conferences, journal clubs, in-service presentations, books or chapters read or published and journal articles read or published. Credits can also be obtained for technical committee memberships and vendor sponsored educational classes. In order to simplify the assignment of Category 2 CE credits to publications and some other activities, please use the table below.

Category 2 Credit List Credits Required Documentation
Publication of technical article; peer reviewed; meets Index Medicus/Medline criteria. All material must be relevant to Medical Physics, Medical Health Physics, MRI Science or Radiation Biology. Maximum in any one category is 30 credits per year.
1st author 15 Copy of 1st page of article
2nd author 10 Copy of 1st page of article
All other authors 3 Copy of 1st page of article
Original textbook (30/# of Authors x number of Pages)/100 Copy of title page and copyright page
Chapter in original textbook 12 Copy of title page, chapter and copyright page
Revision of original textbook (20/# of Authors x number of Pages)/100 Copy of title page and copyright page
Revision of chapter(s) in textbook 4 ea Copy of title page, chapter(s) and copyright page
Paper presented at professional mtg 8 Copy of listing from meeting agenda
Poster presentation at national mtg 8 Copy of listing from meeting agenda
Lecture prep for college course (1st yr only) 10 Copy official course listing
National or State technical committee membership 4 per yr Copy of official committee listing
International technical committee membership 6 per yr Copy of official committee listing
Approved Editorial Service (eff. 1/1/2017) 1 credit per hour (max 10 hrs) Copy of Journal's Editorial Board
Vendor sponsored educational classes 1 credit per hr Copy of certificate of attendance – hrs specified
In-service lecture(s) given – various topics 1 credit per hour Copy of lecture topic & intended audience & length of talk
Technical article(s) read 0.5 each Self attestation (Maximum 30 per year)
Technical book chapter(s) read 0.5 each Self attestation (Maximum 30 per year)

Please separate your Category 1 and Category 2 credits and show the five year totals for each. You can download the recertification application and a form to assist you in keeping track of your CE’s from the website.

If you choose to submit your supporting documents and fee by mail (with check made out to ABMP), please keep a copy of your documents, and send to:

            American Board of Medical Physics

P.O. Box 780518

San Antonio, TX  78278

If you choose to submit your supporting documents by email to, you may submit your fee through PayPal (there is an administrative fee added) below, or by using your bank’s E-pay service.

Recertification fee + PayPal Charge

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Tomi Papanikolaou, at (210) 901-9052 or send an email to