How to Get and Maintain Your Addiction Medicine Certification
Addiction medicine specialists offer growing value to providers, employers, patients, and communities. As the need increases for specialists who can treat the unique challenges of people managing the disease of addiction, getting your certification in addiction medicine may be a worthy investment for you.
ASAM is the professional organization for addiction medicine professionals and the educational resource for certification, recertification, and MOC/CCP/OCC. If you’re thinking about specializing in addiction medicine, we can help you prepare. And this guide is the place to start.
In January 2023, MOC will transition to Continuing Certification Program (CCP).
First, Some History
In 2016, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recognized addiction medicine as a new medical subspecialty of The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM), which now administers the board exam for Addiction Medicine (ADM). Physicians certified by any of the 24 ABMS Member Boards can apply for certification through the exam administered by the ABPM.
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) administers its board exam for addiction medicine certification. As of May 26, 2021, MDs may also take the AOA addiction medicine certification exam, in addition to DOs. For more information, visit the AOA addiction medicine certification page.
Do You Meet the Basic Requirements for Addiction Medicine Certification?
There are several pathways for physicians to become certified addiction medicine specialists.
American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)
Practice Pathway Until 2025, applicants who complete minimum time in practice or a non-ACGME-accredited fellowship training will be considered for the addiction medicine subspecialty exam.
ACGME-Accredited Fellowship Pathway After 2025, it will be mandatory that physicians complete an ACGME accredited addiction medicine fellowship in order to be eligible to apply to take the exam.
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Clinical Practice Pathway Until 2023, applicants who complete minimum time in practice, hold an active ABAM certificate, or an ACAAM (formerly TAMF and ABAM) fellowship within the five years.
There are also addiction medicine certification exams for psychiatrists, international physicians, and non-physicians.
AOA or ACGME-Accredited Fellowship Pathway After 2023, it will be mandatory that physicians complete an ACGME accredited addiction medicine fellowship in order to be eligible to apply to take the exam.
Explore some of the certifying boards' pathways to eligibility to determine if you qualify.
Prepare for the ABPM/ADM AOA Certification Exam
- ABPM Application Period for MDs: March – June 2022
- ABPM Exam Administration for MDs: Offered in October 2022
- AOA Application Period for DOs: June – October 2022
- AOA Exam Administration for DOs: Offered in November 2022
Maintain Your Credential
Once certified, addiction medicine specialists must maintain certification by meeting educational requirements for the assessment of continuing competencies through a program called Maintenance of Certification (MOC) or Continuing Certification Program (CCP)/Osteopathic Continuous program (OCC).
ASAM is the leading provider of quality education, exam preparation, and resources for addiction medicine certification and maintenance of certification. ASAM is here every step of the way to provide assistance in meeting needs for CME/CE and MOC/CCP/OCC.
Explore ASAM’s resources for CME/CE that meet MOC/CCP/OCC requirements
Explore Additional Resources
What is Addiction Medicine & What is an Addiction Medicine Specialist?Learn More
Understand the Eligibility Pathways to ADM certificationLearn More
Understand How to Maintain your ADM CertificationLearn More
Note: ASAM is not a certifying board, and members are encouraged to contact their respective boards for the most up-to- date information on individual MOL/MOC/CCP/OCC requirements
Maintenance of Licensure (MOL)
Addiction Medicine Certification for Physicians
|Individual State Medical Boards|
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Umbrella Board that establishes and maintains certiﬁcation standards of 24 approved medical specialty boards
American Osteopathic Association
Board that establishes and maintains certiﬁcation standards of approved medical subspecialty boards
|Licensure||American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) Addiction Medicine Exam||Osteopathic Conjoint Examination Committee on Addiction Medicine|
|An ABMS’ Primary Board, ABPM, provides certiﬁcation and maintenance of certiﬁcation for the subspecialty of addiction medicine||AOA’s Conjoint Examination Committee provides certiﬁcation and maintenance of certiﬁcation for the subspecialty of addiction medicine|
Maintenance of License
Licensure requirements are set by your primary board
Board-certified physicians maintain CCP in the subspecialty of Addiction Medicine set by the ABPM
Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC)
Board-certified physicians maintain OCC in the subspecialty of Addiction Medicine set by AOA primary boards
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Your professional association and provider of lifelong learning tools and resources for MOC/CCP/OCC