American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)

Coordinated through Professional Testing (PTI)

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) is a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and a non-profit corporation. Preventive Medicine is the specialty of medical practice that focuses on the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations. Its goal is to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being and to prevent disease, disability, and death. Preventive medicine specialists have core competencies in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational medicine, planning and evaluation of health services, management of healthcare organizations, research into causes of disease and injury in population groups, and the practice of prevention in clinical medicine. They apply knowledge and skills gained from the medical, social, economic, and behavioral sciences.

Preventive Medicine includes the specialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine or Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, and the subspecialties of Addiction Medicine, Clinical Informatics, Medical Toxicology, or Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Application information

Before scheduling an examination appointment, you must have completed the ABPM application, paid the designated fee, met all requirements, and received an authorization-to-test email. For additional information, visit the ABPM website or contact the ABPM certification team at

Scheduling your examination

Once you have received an authorization-to-test email, you may schedule your examination appointment. The email will inform you of the date range you may take the examination and will provide you with a 20-character candidate (PTI ID) number. Examination appointments may be made up to one business day in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To schedule, reschedule or cancel your examination appointment:

Online, you must first create a Pearson VUE web account. When creating your web account, use the same First and Last names and 20-character candidate (PTI ID) number as noted in your authorization-to-test email. For any issues with your online Pearson VUE account, the quickest way to reach a customer service agent is via LET’S CHAT.

Via phone, contact Pearson VUE at 888-876-5064 (US/CAN).

NOTE: To facilitate locating your record, tell the agent that Professional Testing (PTI) sponsors the ABPM examinations.

Outside of United States/Canada, check this link customer service for phone numbers.

After scheduling your examination appointment, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation email listing your examination date and time, the test center address, along with important policies for your review and information. Confirmation emails are sent for every schedule, reschedule and cancellation of examination appointments. If you do not receive a confirmation email, verify the status of your examination appointment online or via phone as described above.


Candidate Rules Agreement (review prior to appointment check-in)

ID Requirements (list of acceptable IDs to present during appointment check-in)

If your registration First or Last name does not match your photo ID, please email or for assistance.

Last updated 2023-05-23