Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®)

*Due to COVID-19 the ACBSP™ is granting a one-year extension on the time frame for passing exams.*

The CCSP® certification requires post-graduate education in chiropractic sports medicine or a closely related discipline. Licensed doctors of chiropractic who satisfy one of the following, and are able to provide official documentation demonstrating such, are eligible to take the CCSP® examination:

  1. Completed a minimum of 100 hours of postgraduate education in the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians® program at an accredited chiropractic college.
  2. Possess a current Athletic Trainer Certification (ATC)
  3. Completed a Master’s of Science (MS) degree at an accredited college in an equivalent program in the domain of sports medicine
  4. Completed the first year of a sports medicine residency program with an accredited college

All candidates must have completed a post-graduate level hands-on emergency procedures course and a healthcare-provider level CPR certification course with a hands-on component as part of their program or study or in addition to their program.  Online CPR courses that do not include a live, practical component are not acceptable. Candidates must provide documentation of successful completion of both courses prior to sitting for the exam. The CPR certification must be valid on the exam date.

Candidates with a current and valid EMT certification may use this certification in lieu of completing the Emergency Procedures course requirement.  Candidates must provide proof of current and valid EMT certification to meet this requirement.

Once these requirements are met the doctor may submit application to the ACBSP™ national office to take the CCSP® written exam. The exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions and is administered in two parts on the same day. The entire exam including the instruction period and mid-exam break is typically scheduled for a five-hour period on a weekend day.

CCSP® certification candidates may attempt the exam up to three (3) times and must pass the exam within three (3) years of the date of completion of the qualifying post-graduate education program (CCSP® or MS program).

CCSP® Exam Application

Complete Application Package:

  1. A completed online application form and application fee paid in full. The online application form must be completed to begin the exam application process.
    1. Please know that you must have cookies enabled for the form and payment system to work properly.
    2. The online application form asks you to attest that you have read and understand the ACBSP™ Certificant and Candidate Agreement and Release.
    3. Please note that your application package will NOT be complete or processed until the remaining requirements listed below are received at the ACBSP™ national office. These must be received no later than exam application date.
  2. A copy of your healthcare provider level CPR card. This item must be submitted prior to the application deadline AND it must still be valid on the date of the exam.  It may be faxed or emailed to the ACBSP™ national office (contact information shown below).
  3. A copy of your DC license. The license must be valid on the exam date AND proof of current status must be submitted prior to the application deadline.  If you are not yet licensed, a copy of your DC diploma* may be accepted. This item may be faxed or emailed to the ACBSP™ national office (contact information shown below).
  4. The transcript record of the qualifying post-graduate training. Transcripts must come directly from the issuing college or certifying body to the ACBSP™ national office.  We do NOT need a copy of your DC transcript.
    1. CCSP®  course transcript showing successful completion of the requisite number of hours successfully completed (100 hours).
    2. All course hours must be reported on one transcript from a single accredited chiropractic college. If you took course hours from more than one college, you will need to contact your colleges to learn how to transfer some of your hours so that all of the hours are recorded on a single transcript from one school.
    3. If you are using a MS degree, residency program experience or ATC to qualify for the CCSP® exam, we will need a transcript from your college or certifying organization (NATA) as evidence of completion of the course of study or certification.  Please have your school or organization fax or email the transcript to ACBSP™ national office.
  5. *ALL exam application documents, including payment, must be received no later than the exam application deadline. If ALL application materials are not received before the deadline, you will not be permitted to take the exam.Each exam candidate will need the following: 
    • You must be in a location with a strong internet connection, as you will be streaming video. A hard-wired internet connection to your computer or laptop is the safest and most reliable connection to the internet and exam.
    • You must take the exam in a location with no corporate or institutional firewall, as this could adversely affect your test-taking experience and proctoring. We encourage you to take your exam on a private network (e.g. at home).
    • Have your smartphone and charger or external battery, so that it can stream video for up to the entire duration of the exam.  The smartphone must be set on silent and we recommend placing the phone on a phone stand so the proctor will have a stable video view of you and your desktop during the exam.
    • You must be using a computer where you have Admin rights, because you will need to install software (WebLock).  The URL is below and must be installed prior to exam date.
    • Close all applications running on your computer, especially ones that have communication or video functionality, such as Slack or Zoom. You must do this before you go to the login website, ascproctor.com
    • Have your computer connected to a power source during the exam.

    The exam website is: ascproctor.com

    You must install the WebLock prior to the actual exam.  This will allow all exam candidates to prepare ahead of time.  The link is https://acbsp.assess.ai/register?id=f2af6b8b-7fad-4910-adfa-3a16ba222247 

    Cancellation policy:

    • $50 non-refundable
    • 50% of the exam application fee, minus a $50 processing fee, will be refunded with written cancellation 14-21 days prior to the exam date
    • Written cancellations received less than 14 days prior to the exam date will receive no refund without documentation of a medical emergency

    ACBSP™ National office fax number: (888) 419-9990
    ACBSP™ National office email address: info@acbsp.com

The ACBSP™ Written Exam Committee (WEC) met in March 2021 to review the ACBSP™ certification examinations. The committee voted to approve several changes to the exam that are intended to improve the process and experience of the candidates, while retaining the integrity of the exam and more effectively representing the current status of the profession.

  1. Both exams will now be 200 items/questions. Statistical analysis of results showed that an additional 25 or 50 items/questions did not significantly impact the reliability of the assessment.
  2. The domain “Research Fundamentals” was removed from the CCSP® exam. A review of the reading list found that this topic was not adequately covered, even though the topic is relevant to many practitioners.
  3. The CCSP® exam had three clinical areas divided into subdomains, which was not done elsewhere by the ACBSP™. Therefore, we will only report the overall Clinical Competency domain. The weighting does not change.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ACBSP™ office.

Click Here to Download the updated CCSP® Written Examination Test Specifications for Examination Offerings Commencing in 2021

CCSP® Required Reading

This list is intended for certification candidates beginning certification preparatory courses on or after March 27, 2021.

This list is to serve as a guide for candidates pursuing ACBSP™ certification and educational institutions hosting preparatory courses for the CCSP® or DACBSP® examinations.  The candidates are also responsible for their respective Certification Candidate’s Handbook, which is found on the website.




  • McGrew C, MacCallum D, Narducci D, et al. AMSSM position statement update: blood-borne pathogens in the context of sports participation. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2020;54:200-207.



    ACBSP™ recognizes the Position Statements and Team Physician Statements of the American College of Sports Medicine that are listed below.


    • American Academy of Family Physicians, et al. PPE: Preparticipation Physical Evaluation. 5th ed., American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019.
    • American Heart Association. BLS Provider Manual. 2020; OR American Red Cross Basic Life Support Participant’s Manual. 2019
    • Brukner, Peter, et al. BRUKNER & KHAN’S CLINICAL SPORTS MEDICINE: INJURIES, VOL. 1. 5th ed., McGraw-Hill Education / Australia, 2017.
    • Cook, Chad, and Eric Hegedus. Orthopedic Physical Examination Tests: An Evidence-Based Approach. 2nd ed., Pearson, 2011.
    • Dacbr, Marchiori Dennis Dc Ms. Clinical Imaging: With Skeletal, Chest, & Abdominal Pattern Differentials. 3rd ed., Mosby, 2013.
    • Hammer, Warren. Functional Soft-Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods, 3rd ed., Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc., 2006.
    • Hyde, Thomas, and Marianne Gengenbach. Conservative Management of Sports Injuries. 2nd ed., Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2007.
    • Mistovich, Joseph, and Keith Karren. Prehospital Emergency Care. 11th ed., Pearson, 2017.
    • NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association, et al. Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning. 4th ed., Human Kinetics, 2015.
    • Perrin, David. Athletic Taping and Bracing-3rd ed., Human Kinetics, 2012.
    • Yochum, Terry, and Rowe Lindsay M. App Sc (Chiropractic). Essentials of Skeletal Radiology (2 Vol. Set). Third, LWW, 2004.

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