Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Deadlines, Fees and Content for Initial Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical Skills Evaluations

Beginning in 2017, the only pathway to board certification will be the computer-administered Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Certification examination. All child and adolescent psychiatrists who wish to pursue board certification will be required to submit documentation of satisfactory performance in the evaluation of clinical skills completed in an ACGME-accredited program as part of the new ABPN credentialing process. Training programs approved by the Residency Review Committees and accredited by the ACGME can be found in the current edition of the Graduate Medical Education Directory published by the AMA or at the ACGME website www.acgme.org.

Credentialing requirements for the new Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Certification examination can be found on this website. Please contact our credentials department at 847-229-6510 if you have questions regarding the clinical skills assessments or the new examination format.

History and Statement of Principles

Candidates in the subspecialty of child and adolescent psychiatry are those in the field of psychiatry who are seeking ABPN Board Certification.

The purpose of the ABPN’s initial certification examination is to test the qualifications of candidates in child and adolescent psychiatry. Child and adolescent psychiatry entails having additional skills and training in the diagnosis and treatment of developmental, behavioral, emotional, and mental disorders of childhood and adolescence.

Initial Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Certification Process:
New Format and Timetable Announced September 2008

For residents who begin CAP training on or after July 1, 2010:
The CAP Part II (oral) examination will be eliminated. The CAP certification process will consist of a single computerized examination (CAP Certification Examination); first administration in 2012.

For residents who began CAP training before July 1, 2010:
To become Board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, candidates must pass both the CAP Part I (computer-administered) and CAP Part II (oral) examinations.

Candidates who do NOT pass the CAP Part I examination in 2015* or before, or who do NOT complete the certification process by December 31, 2016, will be required to submit documentation of satisfactory performance in the evaluation of clinical skills completed by the current Program Director of an ACGME-accredited program as part of the ABPN credentialing process. In addition, such candidates will be required to pass the new CAP Certification Examination.

* Note: The 2015 CAP Part I examination will not be available for first-time takers. The current-format CAP Part I examination will be eliminated after 2015. The final CAP Part II examination will be administered in 2016.

Note: The Board is not liable for candidate travel and/or other related expenses incurred as a result of the cancellation of an examination. See the current Information for Applicants (IFA) publication for complete information regarding Part II examinations.

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