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Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

The American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry (ASAP) provides board certification in Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry (ABAP).


Guide to Maintenance of Certification in Adolescent Psychiatry (download guide)

After the initial 10-year certification, recertification is for a period of five years.  Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is required of all board-certified Diplomates. It is the responsibility of Diplomates to submit their annual MOC paperwork in order to not jeopardize their certification.  This is required annually regardless of the certification term (10 or 5 years).

The Council on Certification in Adolescent Psychiatry (CCAP; otherwise referred to as ABAP) established the following requirements to ensure that Diplomates of ABAP retain and maintain competence in the treatment of adolescents and their families:

Completion, each year (effective year of certification/recertification) of 10 hours of Category I CME specifically in child/adolescent psychiatry. Documentation is to be supplied to ABAP by December 31 of the year recertification is due. If a question exists as to whether a given CME program is applicable, the candidate by the end of the calendar year the CME was taken should obtain written approval from the CCAP. It is strongly recommended that Diplomates submit their CME documentation when paying the annual MOC fee ($50). Grandfather clause: Since this policy was not actively maintained or enforced prior to 2017, any Diplomate eligible for initial recertification on or before 12-31-26 or subsequent recertification on or before 12-31-21 may substitute documentation of completion of an accredited comprehensive review course in child/adolescent and/or transitional aged youth psychiatry (minimum of 8 Category I CME hours) taken within the five years before their certification expires for the annual CME requirement.

MOC Fee Payment:  Each year, Diplomates are required to pay the annual $50 MOC fee and will be billed accordingly. (Note: Starting with 2019, the fee will be waived for Diplomates who are also active/dues paying ASAP members.)  Fee payments must be received no later than July 1 of the following year.  Failing to pay the fee by July 1 will result in suspension and no longer reported as actively board-certified by ABAP until such time as a reinstatement fee (currently $100) and all outstanding MOC fees are paid.  For those Diplomates identified in the grandfather clause above, any unpaid back MOC fees & reinstatement penalties will be waived at recertification if the Diplomate provides evidence of completion of the required accredited review course as described previously.

Pay MOC/reinstatement fees online:


ABAP may revoke the certification of Diplomates who do not meet all requirements for continued certification.  ABAP reserves the right and responsibility to alter these requirements with adequate notice.


For certification/recertification information, visit

  1 Please download and review the presentations “Evaluation and Formulation in Adolescent Psychiatry” and "Psychiatric Case Formulation"


For more information about certification/recertification, contact the National Office: (703) 746-8900 or

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