Certification Maintenance

Summary of Annual Certification Maintenance Requirements

  1. Continuing Education specific to the topic of sports medicine:
    • All CCSP® certificants are required to attend 12 hours of continuing education specific to the topic of sports medicine between Jan 1 – Dec 31.
    • All DACBSP® certificants are required to attend 24 hours of continuing education specific to the topic of sports medicine between Jan 1 – Dec 31.
  2. All certificants must maintain an active healthcare provider level CPR certification at all times from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or equivalent certification.  See CPR Policy.
  3. All certificants must complete “misconduct in sport” training shown below. 
  4. All certificants must pay an annual maintenance fee as set by the board of directors.
    • The annual certification maintenance fee is due before January 31 each year. When paid prior to January 31 the fee is $135.
    • If paid February 1 – June 30, the fee is $160.
    • If the fee is not paid by June 30, the certification is placed in an inactive status and the doctor’s name and information is removed from the online certificant directory and the doctor is no longer permitted to use the credential.
  5. All certificants must complete a certification maintenance registration form annually. The web-based registration form requires each active certificant to:
    • Provide current business demographic data.
    • Attest to his/her current compliance and continued compliance with the requirements of the ACBSP™ Certification Maintenance Continuing Education Policy.
    • Attest to his/her acceptance of the Certificant Agreement and Release
  6. All ACBSP™ certificants are required to maintain personal records as evidence of meeting the requirements described here.

SafeSport Information

Policy Change – October 31, 2019

“The ACBSP™ shall require certificants to demonstrate evidence of training to recognize, reduce and respond to all misconduct in sport (i.e. SafeSport, or comparable program) every four (4) years as a requirement to maintain certification.”


July 2018

Dear ACBSP™ Certificant,

We have watched and listened to the news over the last two years regarding the horrible abuse of young athletes in various sports and at universities.

SafeSport evolved out of the revelation of these disturbing situations, which involved abuse of young athletes by doctors and coaches whom they trusted. SafeSport is an investigative organization and will explore any case of reported abuse of young athletes. Ms. Katie Hanna, from SafeSport, was a presenter at the 2018 ACBSP™ Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium. Ms. Hanna provided a strong message about our role regarding the protection of our athletes and patients.

The ACBSP™ Board of Directors unanimously approved of a change to our annual CEU requirements for the CCSP® and DACBSP®. Beginning January 1, 2019, all ACBSP™ certificants will be required to have the SafeSport certification. The ACBSP™ will require this certification to be updated every two years. This certification can be obtained online with a minimal fee to SafeSport. SafeSport is considering creating a new certification for sports medicine practitioners, but until this occurs, please complete the existing online course.

Thank you for having the fortitude and integrity to stand with our young athletes and to provide a voice for them and another level of protection of their health and rights.

ACBSP™ Board of Directors


Instructions for SafeSport sign up

The U.S. Center for SafeSport online training program has officially launched to individuals outside of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements! We are glad to have you on board with this important training.

You can now register for our online training. Please follow these instructions to get registered:

  1. Go to www.athletesafety.org.
  2. Click on “Training” from the homepage or from the “Menu” in the upper left of your screen.
  3. Select “SafeSport Trained” from the catalog and “Add to Bag”
  4. Select “Checkout”.
  5. You will then select “Register” to create your account and profile. Fill out the required information. (Note: you can select “not affiliated” for Membership.)
  6. An email will be sent to you to confirm your account. Open the email and click “Confirm Email Address”. You can then sign in.
  7. Once you’ve signed in, you can purchase the course from your shopping bag in the top right corner.
  8. Once you’ve successfully purchased the course, you will be able to complete it from your “Learning Dashboard”.

If you experience any technical difficulties while taking the training, please contact the Help Desk at help.desk@safesport.org or call 720-676-6417. The Help Desk hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST, and Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.