CAQ Examinations

Certificate of Added Qualification

2022 Exam

Applications Available: October 4, 2021
Application Deadline: December 31, 2021
Exam Date: March 9, 2022

Important Documents

Certification Exam

General CAQ Information

Certification Exam

CAQ in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care

Eligibility Criteria
  • Certification by a CPME-recognized Board
And demonstrate one of the following:
  • provide certificate confirming completion of a CPME-approved fellowship in amputation prevention and wound Care or similar designation
  • submit documentation in the form of a letter regarding expertise in a wound care or hospital setting (minimum of 1000 documented hours verified by the program's Hospital CMO, Fellowship Director, or Department Chairperson/Chief of Service)
  • pass a case documentation process proving expertise in amputation prevention and wound care

In addition, the Diplomate must pass the ABPM CAQ examination in amputation prevention and wound care and maintain their Board Certified status.

Certification Exam

CAQ in Podiatric Sports Medicine

Eligibility Criteria
  • Certification by a CPME-recognized Board
And demonstrate one of the following:
  • provide certificate confirming completion of a CPME-approved fellowship in podiatric sports medicine
  • submit documentation that the applicant is a current team podiatrist or consultant to a sports organization
  • pass a case documentation process to proving expertise in podiatric sports medicine

In addition, the Diplomate must pass the ABPM CAQ examination in Podiatric Sports Medicine and maintain their Board Certified status.

The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM) will serve as the educational resource for the CAQ. Current Fellows of the AAPSM will be granted advanced standing in the CAQ if they apply before December 31, 2022.

Note: The Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) is a special distinction created and issued solely by the ABPM to recognize a podiatric physician who has established additional competency beyond board certification in either Amputation Prevention and Wound Care or Podiatric Sports Medicine.

What is a CAQ?

A Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) is a voluntary step beyond Board Certification that recognizes knowledge, expertise, and experience in a subspecialty of podiatry.

Why does the ABPM offer a CAQ?

The Certificates of Added Qualification were developed in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care and Podiatric Sports Medicine by ABPM in response to the changes in public needs and the desire of many podiatrists to have a mechanism to be recognized for their commitment to a subspecialty of podiatry.

This process will be available to any podiatrist certified with a CPME-recognized board with specific practice interest and demonstrable expertise in this area who passes a validated, knowledge-based examination.

Do other Certifying Boards offer CAQs?

Yes, the American Board of Medical Specialties has over 125 CAQs available for providers to set themselves apart from other providers within their specialties.

Based upon diplomate interest over the past several years, the ABPM has developed a vetting process leading to a certificate of added qualification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care.

What is the cost to take the CAQ exam?

The CAQ examination fee is $295. For applicants choosing to submit cases, there is an additional $200 non-refundable fee.