Duration of Candidate Status Policy

Candidates who completed residency training prior to Jan. 1, 2012, must satisfy all requirements for certification by Dec. 31, 2018. 

Candidates who complete residency training on or after Jan. 1, 2012, must satisfy all requirements for certification within seven years of the last day of the year in which residency training was completed.

Individuals will be considered candidates in the ABA examination system when their first registration for primary certification in anesthesiology is accepted. Candidates with two or more prior voided registrations will not be considered candidates in the ABA examination system, regardless of registration status, until they pass the Part 1 Examination.

If a candidate does not satisfy all requirements for certification within the prescribed time period, the candidate must reestablish eligibility for the ABA examination system. See the Primary Certification Policy Book for more information.