The ABVO credentialing process has two stages: (1) application to the ABVO Credentials Committee to become an ABVO-approved resident, which is required at least 30 days prior to starting an ABVO-approved residency, and (2) application to the ABVO Credentials Committee to take the Certifying Examination, which is due January 15 of the year in which the Examination will be taken. Links to forms required to complete these stages are provided below.
All forms and supporting materials for both stages of the ABVO credentialing process must be submitted by email to the ACVO Office and any fees must be paid by credit card using the secure online website by the appropriate deadline.
For both stages of the ABVO credentialing process, forms or attachments received after the deadline, incomplete forms, submissions not using original and current versions of all forms, and failure to pay all fees will render the application incomplete.
It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm receipt of materials by the ACVO Office. The two stages can be summarized as follows:
STAGE 1. APPLICATION TO BECOME AN ACVO-APPROVED RESIDENT:
There is one form involved in the first stage of the ABVO credentialing process: the Provisional Resident Application.
Prior to submission of this form, a Residency Training Program Application must have been submitted to and approved by the ABVO Residency Committee by the provisional resident’s prospective supervising diplomate(s).
Once the Residency Training Program Application has been approved, a Provisional Resident Application must be submitted by all provisional residents wishing to become ABVO-approved residents. Time spent in a residency program will not count toward the minimum 36-month requirement until the provisional resident has been accepted by the ABVO Credentials Committee as an ABVO-approved resident.
The deadline for receipt of all forms and fees is at least 30 days prior to beginning the proposed residency program.
STAGE 2. APPLICATION TO TAKE THE ACVO CERTIFYING EXAMINATION:
There are two forms involved in the second stage of the ACVO credentialing process: The Certifying Examination Application and the Supervising Diplomate Form.
The Certifying Examination Application must be completed by all examination applicants every year they apply to take any part(s) of the ABVO Certifying Examination.
The Supervising Diplomate Form must be completed by all supervising diplomates of examination applicants who are submitting their credentials for the first time. Supervising Diplomate Forms are NOT required for examination applicants who successfully completed the credentials process, and who are reapplying to take the ABVO Certifying Examination.
The Supervising Diplomate Form must also be completed by any supervising diplomate whose supervisory role ends prematurely (due to the resident or supervising diplomate leaving the training program). In these instances, the form shall be completed within 30 days of the severance occurring.
All forms and supporting materials must be sent as pdf documents attached to an email to the ACVO office
The deadline for submission of the Certifying Examination Application, Supervising Diplomate Forms, and any attachments is midnight, Mountain Time, January 15th of the year in which the Examination is to be taken.
FORMS FOR CREDENTIALS:
Each of the three forms involved in the two-stage ABVO credentialing process is available as an interactive pdf. To prepare any of these forms, open the form by clicking on the link below, save the form before entering any information, open the saved form, complete the fields, and re-save.
Enquiries regarding the ABVO credentialing process may be sent by email to Dr. Mary Lassaline Utter, Credentials Chair at .
(This information is no longer current as of 8/2013. Updated information will be posted winter, 2014.)
Instructions for the ABVO certifying examination have been provided below. Completion and submission of the "Examination Registration Form" with accompanying payment, due by the deadline posted below, is required. Questions concerning the ABVO certifying examination should be directed to the Exam Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Ian Herring or Anne Gemensky-Metzler, at .