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 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program 

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is the American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS) board certification process for assessment of continuing competencies of physicians and encompasses recertification. All Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties must provide MOC programs for their diplomates.

For American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) diplomates with ten-year, time-limited certificates (those initially certified in 1998 or later) completion of the MOC program is required to maintain a valid certificate. ABPM's maintenance of certification program is in compliance with the ABMS Maintenance of Certification©requirements. The ABPM MOC Program includes the following four components.

Part One: Professional Standing

Diplomates must possess current, valid, unrestricted medical licenses in all States, U.S. Territories, and Provinces of Canada in which the diplomate is licensed to practice medicine.


Part Two: Lifelong Learning & Self-assessment

  1. Thirty (30) hours of ABPM-approved LLSA/MOC activities every three years (100 total over 10 years)

  2. Forty-five (45) hours of other Category 1 ACCME approved continuing medical education (CME) every three years (150 total over 10 years)

ACPM's CME/MOC center offers a listing of opportunities to earn LLSA MOC credits and CME. Many of ACPM's educational offerings have been approved for MOC credit and are accessible on this page.

(NOTE: Although MOC is often confused with "CME,” the requirements and credits are different.)

Part Three: Cognitive exam

 All diplomates holding time-limited certificates will be required to take and pass a cognitive exam. Diplomates may begin taking the examination seven (7) years after receiving their initial certification, and may repeat the examination annually if necessary to pass it prior to the expiration of their certificate. This exam is multiple-choice and proctored.

For additional information about the board exams, please contact the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

ACPM does not administer the board exam.

Part Four: Practice Performance Assessment

This component applies to those diplomates whose certificate expires in 2010 or later. This component utilizes a quality improvement model with opportunities for assessment of practice performance and improvement activities available in clinical practice, teaching, research, and administration.

Visit the ACPM MOC Part IV page to learn more about the program, view sample documents and enroll ACPM's MOC Part IV process.

All requirements set forth by the American Board of Preventive Medicine are listed on their website, for the most up-to-date information, please visit

Request Missing MOC Credit

By completing this form, you are attesting that you have completed the module described MORE than 2 months ago. This request form is to be used for ACPM MODULES ONLY. Please be prepared to provide supporting documentation for your request.


For questions about ACPM's MOC Part IV program, please contact our Director, Continuing Education, Haydee Barno, MBA, CMP-HC.

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