Dates & Deadlines

Written Qualifying Examination (WQE)

Examination Date Registration Deadline Fee Location
March 27, 2018 Regular Deadline: CLOSED
Late Deadline: December 1, 2017

$1650
$1950

Nationally distributed Prometric Centers

Active duty United States Military service members may be reimbursed 50% of all paid certification fees. 


Oral Examination

Candidates who pass the Written Qualifying Examination in March are assigned to one of two Oral Examinations. Locations are chosen to best accommodate candidates throughout the country (alternating between the east and west coast sites) or centrally in Chicago. Conducting the examinations is logistically challenging and requires a level of service and security from the hotel staff that few venues can predictably provide. Hotels that can meet these requirements are more expensive. The ABO has been considering offering the examination only once per year to minimize expense and enhance standardization, and to move the examination to a facility other than a hotel. Suitable venues that meet the above-described criteria are few, however. 

Examination Dates
Registration Deadline  Fee Location
Fall 2017
Oct. 20-22 
CLOSED $1650 Swissotel
Chicago, IL 
Spring 2018
June 8-10
February 15, 2018 $1650 Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA

Fall 2018
Oct. 5-7

July 15, 2018 $1650 Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA

Active duty United States Military service members may be reimbursed 50% of all paid certification fees.