All ABA diplomates may participate in MOCA.
If you were certified in or after 2000, your certification is time-limited. When you receive primary certification, you are automatically enrolled in the MOCA program to allow you the full 10-year period to meet all MOCA requirements.
Non-Time Limited Certification:
Diplomates certified before 2000 hold non-time-limited certificates and are encouraged to voluntarily participate in MOCA. You may want or need to demonstrate your continuing qualifications now or in the future, for example, to meet a state medical board's licensure requirements.
Diplomates certified in 2000 or later are automatically enrolled in the MOCA program as soon as they receive primary certification. This allows them the full 10-year period to meet all MOCA requirements. There is no enrollment fee.
You may enroll online through your personal portal account. There is no enrollment fee.
There is a single fee that diplomates must pay for each 10-year MOCA cycle. This fee, due upon registration for the Cognitive Examination, covers the administration of the MOCA program for the entire 10-year period and one opportunity to take the Cognitive Examination. Please click here to view current MOCA fees.
If you paid an application fee at the time you enrolled in the MOCA program, $250 will be automatically credited toward your first MOCA fee.
Yes! Your certification will expire, and you will no longer be Board Certified (nor in the Examination System). The ABA will reinstate your certified status when you complete all MOCA Program requirements.
No! If you were certified before 2000, the certificate the ABA issued to you is not time-limited and does not have an expiration date. Participation in the MOCA program is voluntary and does not jeopardize your status as an ABA diplomate. If, for any reason, you do not satisfy the MOCA program requirements you will retain your status as an ABA diplomate because you hold a non-time limited certificate.
If your requirements have not all been met at the end of 10 years, your time-limited ABA certification will expire. In order to regain your certification, the ABA will move your 10-year MOCA cycle forward one-year. Any activities completed in your original year 1 (like CME credits) will be removed and you will be required to redo those activities. Upon successful completion of the year 1 activities and any other activities you did not complete in the first 10 year cycle, the ABA will issue you a MOCA certificate valid for 10 years from the date of completion of the program. Please note that the ABA will move a MOCA cycle forward, one year at a time, for up to three years.
At the end of the three years, if the MOCA program requirements have not been completed, you will have to restart the primary certification process by completing the following steps:
Upon successful completion of the primary certification process, you will re-attain "diplomate" status and will be issued a new time-limited certificate.
The certificate for Maintenance of Certification in the specialty of Anesthesiology will be valid for at most 10 years.