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AO Spine Global Diploma Exam

AO Spine Global Diploma Exam

Please note, you cannot book your test exam appointments before January 3, 2020.

The AO Spine Global Diploma Exam is a summative assessment of knowledge and decision-making with respect to treating patients with spinal conditions. It enables candidates to demonstrate that they have attained a level of knowledge expected of a specialist spine surgeon after 5 years of practical experience. The Diploma Exam has been designed by a group of worldwide leaders in spine surgery education.


Before using this site to schedule your test, you must first have registered with AO Spine and received email confirmation of your eligibility to sit the AO Spine Global Diploma Exam.

If you have not done this, you will not be able to schedule your test by this or any other means. For more details about the AO Spine Global Diploma Exam please visit the AO Spine Global Diploma website.


The content of the entire examination (written and oral) is based on the AO Spine Curriculum.

It is not intended to certify competence of technical skill or ability to perform surgical procedures. It is not a compulsory or regulatory certificate of competence or excellence.

Booking your exam

Once advised by AO Spine that you are eligible for the written exam you can only book your test via the Pearson Vue website or via the Pearson Vue call centre. You cannot book your exam appointment via AO Spine.

You will have received an email from Pearson Vue with your AO Spine Exam ID. You must quote this when registering online or contacting the call centre for assistance.

Cancellation Policy

You must contact Pearson VUE or access your online Pearson VUE account to cancel your exam at least a minimum of 48 hours prior to your appointment. Exams cannot be cancelled less than 48 hours prior to your appointment. Failure to cancel in time or failure to appear for your appointment will result in the forfeiture of your exam fee.

Last updated 2019-12-18