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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

Hold an active, valid and unrestricted medical license in all States, US territories, or Canadian Provinces in which you are licensed to practice medicine.


Part Two: Lifelong Learning & Self-assessment


Part Three: Cognitive exam

 Take the cognitive exam; diplomates are eligible to take the exam starting in year eight after receiving certification. You may re-take the test if necessary to pass it prior to the expiration of the certificate.

Please contact ABPM for questions as ACPM does not administer the board exam.

Part Four: Practice Performance Assessment


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



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


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