Qualifying for Certification

Certification is a voluntary process through which a physician may prove his or her competence by meeting certain rigorous performance qualifications. ABLES has designed its qualifications to probe the level of your knowledge and skills in lower extremity surgery. The first step in the process for ABLES certification is to meet these qualifications.


You must have earned the degree of DPM, DO, or MD, awarded by an institution accredited within the United States or its possessions. If your degree was granted by an institution outside of the United States or its possessions, you may request consideration for admission to ABLES with sufficient documentation. Such requests may be granted or denied by the Board of Directors at their sole discretion.

Post-Doctoral Training

If you graduated from professional school after 1991, you must have completed three or more years of residency training. You may petition for waiver of this requirement if you have equivalent experience and/or training.

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Professional License

You must be licensed to practice as a DPM, DO, or MD for the full scope of practice. You must not be under indictment for any felony, under any current orders of discipline, restriction, suspension, supervision, or probation, or undergoing rehabilitation as an “impaired physician” because of habituation.

Controlled Substance Licenses

You must hold currently valid state and/or federal licenses to prescribe controlled substances, Schedules II through V, or comply with Veterans Affairs guidelines.