ABCS Annual Certifying Examination

Annual Certifying Examination

Once education, prior board certification, and AACS certified fellowship requirements are met, all prospective cosmetic surgeons are required to undergo extensive examination by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery to receive ABCS board certification.

The ABCS Annual Certifying Examination consists of both an oral and written component. The content of both examinations cover the full scope of cosmetic surgery. Topics include technological devices—such as laser and radio-frequency therapy—hair transplant, injectable treatments, body contouring after weight loss, and facial, breast, and body cosmetic surgery procedures. This exam is prepared and psychometrically evaluated by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME); the nationally recognized leader and examination administrator for the osteopathic medical profession.

The ABCS Annual Certifying Examination is designed to evaluate competency in cosmetic surgery by critiquing a combination of a candidate’s knowledge, surgical judgement, technical expertise, and ethics in order to achieve the goal of providing aesthetic improvement.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) offers a Cosmetic Surgery Annual Review Course. The next AACS Cosmetic Surgery Annual Review Course will take place Friday-Sunday, May 21-23, 2021, online via AACS’s Zoom platform. opens in a new windowClick for details and to register. For more information, contact the Academy at +1-312-981-6760 or  opens in a new windowinfo@cosmeticsurgery.orgcreate new email.

Upcoming ABCS Annual Certifying Examination Dates

August 14, 2021 Prometric Testing Centers Written
September 11, 2021 Virtual via Zoom Oral

The application deadlines are typically March 1st of each year. Contact the home office for more information.

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