ABEM Certification Testing

The mission of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) is to ensure the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. To accomplish this mission, ABEM conducts an initial certification program and a maintenance of certification (MOC) program. ABEM also co-sponsors subspecialty certification programs, and administers the certification examination for the subspecialty of Emergency Medical Services, and the certification and MOC examinations for the subspecialty of Medical Toxicology in Pearson VUE test centers.


Initial Certification

Physicians who wish to become certified must apply to ABEM for certification. Once you are determined to meet ABEM’s credentialing requirements, your application is approved. You must then take and pass a qualifying examination, administered annually in Pearson VUE test centers. Once you pass this examination, you must take and pass the oral certification examination. Physicians who pass the oral certification examination are diplomates of ABEM and are certified for a period of ten years.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Diplomates, and former diplomates attempting to regain certification, participate in the ABEM MOC Program. The four components of MOC are Professional Standing, Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment (LLSA), Assessment of Cognitive Expertise (ConCert™), and Assessment of Practice Performance. The ConCert™ examination is a comprehensive examination that covers the breadth of Emergency Medicine as defined by the 2013 Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (EM Model). It is administered annually in Pearson VUE test centers.

Practice Examination

ABEM offers a two-hour practice examination in Pearson VUE test centers, to provide you with an experience similar to taking an actual examination.


Before scheduling an examination appointment, you must have already:

  1. Applied to ABEM for certfication;
  2. Been notified of your eligibility to sit for the examination; and
  3. Paid an examination authorization fee to ABEM.

Call ABEM with any questions you have regarding the examination, examination requirements or the examination registration process at 517-332-4800.


First-time test takers must create a Pearson VUE web account. Appointments may be made up to one business day in advance.

After you schedule your test, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation letter listing your test date, your testing time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.

Last updated 2014-11-15