ABMM Application Instructions

Aug. 8, 2019

Applications are accepted throughout the year, however, your non-refundable application fee and all supporting documents must be received no later than April 1 to sit for the exam in the month of June at testing centers around the world.  Your application cannot be evaluated until all materials are received.
 

APPLICATION STEPS

1. Create a Webassessor account.
After you create a login name, you will be asked to create a profile. Please complete all fields in the profile to expedite the processing of your application. You will receive an automated email with your login name and password. Keep this email for your records. If your application is approved, your login information will be required to register for the exam.

2. Complete the ABMM application form.

3. Pay the application fee.
The non-refundable application fee can be paid here. You will need to create an account and log in. The application fee is $450 for ASM members and $575 for non-members, both in U.S. currency. Checks and money orders will not be accepted. Your application cannot be processed until this fee has been paid. If your application is approved, you must pay an additional fee of $400 to register for the exam.

4. Submit official graduate transcripts.
Photocopies will not be accepted.

If you were educated within the U.S. or Canada, official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution via email (certification@asmusa.org) or mail to:.

American Board of Medical Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20036-2904

If you were educated outside the U.S. or Canada, your original, official graduate transcripts (not photocopies) must be evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. (WES), a process which may take several months. WES must send your U.S. degree equivalency statement via AccessWES to the American Board of Medical Microbiology. A document-by-document evaluation will suffice. Transcripts received directly from a foreign institution or translation of transcripts from such institutions will not be accepted by the ABMM. For applicants to be considered eligible to sit for the ABMM exam, their degrees earned outside the U.S. or Canada must be deemed equivalent to those earned at an U.S. accredited institution. Transcripts and WES evaluations will not be returned to applicants. No other transcript agency evaluations will be accepted.
 
Note: If the name on your transcript(s) does not match the name on your application form and/or reference letters, you must mail a certified copy of your marriage license as part of your application.

5. Ask your laboratory director to complete the online reference form.
 
References in letter form will not be accepted by the ABMM. 

The minimum work experience requirement must be documented through the use of an online reference form(s) completed by your current and/or former laboratory director(s). A laboratory director who is qualified to serve as a director of a CLIA-certified laboratory, or the country's equivalent, must attest to your experience. Submit only as many reference forms as are necessary to document the minimum requirement. Experience can only be documented by your laboratory director at the time. Current laboratory directors cannot attest to past work experience.

If you have completed a CPEP-approved training program, you must have your program director submit a reference form on your behalf.  

References must specifically address the time you spent and your experience in the following areas:
  • Responsibilities and skills in the medical and public health microbiology laboratory
  • Interaction with healthcare providers
  • Management and administrative skills
The reference must include his/her business email address, such as jsmith@hospital.org.  yahoo, hotmail, gmail or general email addresses, such as microbiology@hospital.org, are not acceptable. An automatic submission confirmation email will be sent to the reference and applicant upon submission.
 
The references provide reviewers with an adequate understanding of the depth of your training and/or experience. References will be verified.

CHECKLIST

♦ Create a Webassessor Account 
♦ Pay the application fee on ASMscience
♦ Mail official transcripts or transcript evaluation
♦ Complete online reference form(s) from your current and/or former laboratory director(s)   
♦ If applicable, mail a certified copy of your marriage license or name change certificate
 
Incomplete applications will be held for one year. If a complete application is not submitted within a year, a new application and non-refundable fee are required. 
 
The ABMM does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, mental or physical disability or age. The ABMM complies with the policies set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 

APPROVAL PROCESS

Once all application materials have been received, you will receive an email stating when you will be notified of your application’s review. In general, application results are sent out within two-to-three weeks of an application becoming complete. Eligibility and approval to sit for the exam is determined on a case-by-case basis by ABMM Board members. Once eligible, you must take the exam within one year of approval or a new application will be required. Therefore, you are advised not to apply until you are ready to take the exam. Once approved, you will be sent an email containing instructions for registering for the exam. This includes, selecting your local testing center, your desired date and time, and paying the exam registration fee of $400. The exam registration window opens on April 15 and closes on June 24. You are advised to register for the exam once it opens to ensure maximum flexibility in selecting your desired testing location and time.