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ABPN Certification Testing

ABPN Certification Testing

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The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN), is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the public interest by promoting excellence in the practice of psychiatry and neurology through certification. The ABPN is one of the 24 boards upholding the highest quality standards as a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

The ABPN currently issues the specialty certificates for Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. The ABPN also currently issues the subspecialty certificates for Addiction Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, Forensic Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Neuromuscular Medicine, Pain Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Vascular Neurology.

Certification Application

Before scheduling an examination appointment, you must have already:

  1. Applied for certification or maintenance of certification through the ABPN;
  2. Been notified of your eligibility to sit for the examination;
  3. Paid an examination fee to the ABPN.


First-time test takers must create a Pearson VUE web account. When creating your account and scheduling your test, you will need your ABPN identification number (provided by the ABPN) and a valid email address.

Examination score reports will not be issued upon completion of an exam. They will be provided within ten to twelve weeks by the ABPN.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology® and the seal are registered trademarks of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. Use of the trademark and seal is prohibited without the express permission of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. © 2014 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.

Last updated 2020-04-29