Part III - Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills

1. Those participating in Continuing Certification will be assessed on Knowledge, Judgement, and Skills to renew their ABOHNS Board certification.

2. All diplomates participating in Continuing Certification participate in CertLink to renew their certification. CertLink™ is an online program that presents approximately 10 -15 practice focused questions per quarter that can be answered on the diplomate’s schedule. In order to maintain certification, Diplomates need to answer a total of 160 questions in a 5-year period with being able to answer as many as 40 new items each year. Answering 160 new items satisfies the participation requirement and at that point the board will determine if the performance standard is met. A diplomate needs to satisfy both participation and performance standards to renew their certification every 5 years. If not meeting standards, there is an opportunity for remediation and this policy can be found on the ABOHNS website. During the transition from the point-in-time MOC Exam to CertLink, some diplomates have more than 5-years to answer the required 160 items based on the expiration year on their certificate. Annual participation by answering at least 30 questions gives the Part II self-assessment credit and 10 category 1 PRA AMA CME credits which are awarded by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNS/F).

3. The CertLink program will present a total of 40 new questions each year specific to a practice focus area. Core clinical fundamentals are included in these questions and account for 10-15% of the assessment. The practice focus areas can be selected at the time of registration. There are 7 practice focus areas for primary certification and two subspecialty areas:

Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

General Otolaryngology

Head & Neck Surgery



Pediatric Otolaryngology


Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology


Sleep Medicine subspecialty certificate holders have the option of taking a point-in-time MOC Exam or participating in a longitudinal assessment pilot administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

If you have any additional questions concerning this process, please contact our Continuing Certification (CC) team at or call 713-850-0399, and a CC Specialist will assist you.