American Board of Medical Microbiology Certification

The American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) exam certifies doctoral-level microbiologists to direct medical and public health microbiology laboratories. ABMM certification is recognized by federal and state governmental agencies as a significant component toward meeting licensure requirements to direct laboratories engaged in the microbiological diagnosis of human disease.
The ABMM is recognized under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 final rule and in all 12 states that require licensure: California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia.


Doctoral-level microbiologists with at least ONE of the following:
  • three years of experience, as defined in the PDF below.
  • two years of CPEP training
  • an internal medicine/infectious disease fellowship or AP/CP residency, in addition to:
    • one year of an American Board of Pathology (ABP) fellowship or
    • completion of a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada three-year medical microbiology/infectious disease or five-year medical microbiology residency.
All training and experience requirements must be met after the doctoral degree has been awarded.

Application Deadline: April 1

Application Fees: $450 for ASM members and $575 for non-members

Exam Information

Exam Period: June 1-June 30
Scores Published: September 1

Learn more information about the ABMM exam, including study resources and FAQs.

Verify ABMM Diplomates

If you are interested in verifying the certification of an ABMM Diplomate, email your request to with an authorization of release form signed by the Diplomate.

Contact Information

Sue Williams,