Diplomate Application Submission Guidelines

Mailed applications MUST be sent to the ABCP Executive Office, postmarked on or before the deadline and addressed as follows:

Attn: Examination Committee Chair
11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350
Reston, VA 20191 USA

A "complete application" is defined as a fully completed and typed application form, all supporting documentation as requested in the application, and the application fee. (An application submission checklist is available to assist you in making sure your application is complete.) APPLICATIONS POSTMARKED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

ABCP will send acknowledgement of receipt of your application to you by email with 5-10 business days of its receipt at the ABCP Executive Office. If such notification is not received, please contact the ABCP office immediately.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send their application and supporting documentation by certified mail or other traceable means. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the ABCP receives all application and supporting materials on or before the stated deadline.

Incomplete Applications

An application postmarked on or before the deadline, but missing one or two components, is considered an incomplete application and a nonrefundable late fee of $300 must be paid if the application is to remain active. Applicants will be notified by mail if their applications are not complete. Completeness of an application cannot be verified by telephone; please do not call the ABCP office for this information.

An applicant whose application is incomplete must ensure all parts of the application, including all prerequisites, have been submitted and are received by the application deadline. ANY APPLICATION THAT REMAINS INCOMPLETE AS OF ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE EXAM WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Applicants With Disabilities

The ABCP recognizes that individuals with disabilities may wish to take the examination and will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with verified disabilities. The ABCP supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants are reminded, however, that auxiliary aids (and services) can only be offered if they do not fundamentally alter the measurement of skills or knowledge the examination is intended to test (Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Law 101-336).

Applicants who wish to request accommodations due to a disability must advise the ABCP in writing no later than one month prior to the exam. The applicant may be asked to submit appropriate documentation of the disability and a description of previous accommodations provided during other examinations. If the ABCP deems it necessary, an independent medical assessment may be requested at the expense of the ABCP.