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Application Process Timeframe Policy

Once the application is accepted, the applicant is considered to be a candidate for board certification. Some well-prepared candidates have successfully completed the examination process in as little as 6 to 9 months, while others have taken longer. Candidates have a maximum of 7 years, from the date their application was approved, to complete the board certification process, at which time their candidacy period will expire. A candidacy window may also expire in the event that a candidate exhausts all opportunities to re-take a failed portion of the examination.