Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (DACBSP®)

*Due to COVID-19 the ACBSP™ is granting a one-year extension on the time frame for submitting your practical field hours and a one-year extension on the time frame for passing exams.*

The CCSP® certification is pre-requisite to earning the DACBSP® certification. Earning the DACBSP® certification requires successful completion of a written exam, a six-station practical exam, a written project, and 250 hours of practical experience in the field.

Licensed doctors of chiropractic who satisfy one of the following, and are able to provide official documentation demonstrating such, are eligible to sit the DACBSP® examination:

  1. Active Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician/Practitioner® (CCSP®) with the completion of a minimum of 200 hours postgraduate education in the DACBSP® Program, at an accredited chiropractic college.
  2. Active Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician/Practitioner® (CCSP®) with completion of a Masters of Science (MS) degree in an equivalent program in the domain of sports medicine.
  3. Completion of a sports medicine residency program in its entirety.

DACBSP® candidates must maintain their CCSP® certification in a current and active status with the ACBSP®. If the doctor’s CCSP® certification is found to not be in good standing with the ACBSP®, the doctor must bring their certification into good standing prior to being permitted to take the exams or prior to the acceptance of field hours or the written project.

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.  Please refer to the ACBSP™ DACBSP® Examination Policy in the DACBSP® Certification Candidates’ Handbook linked below for more details.

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.

DACBSP® certification candidates may attempt the written and practical exams up to three (3) times and must pass both of the exams and complete the practical experience (field hours) requirement within three (3) years of the date of completion of the post-graduate education program (DACBSP® or MS program). The candidate must successfully complete the written project requirement within five (5) years of the date of completion of the post-graduate education program.

DACBSP® Exam Application


  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. Follow the link and read the document in full.
    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 the exam application deadline.
    4. DACBSP® candidates please note that the online application form is for the written exam only.
      • DACBSP® candidates must maintain their CCSP® certification in a current and active status with the ACBSP™. If the doctor’s CCSP® certification is found to not be in good standing with the ACBSP™, the certification status must be rectified prior to being permitted to take the exams or prior to the acceptance of field hours or the written project.
  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.
  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. DACBSP®  course transcript showing successful completion of the requisite number of hours successfully completed (200 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 an MS degree, residency program experience, or ATC certification to qualify to sit for the DACBSP® 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.

*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.

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 DACBSP® Written Examination Test Specifications for Examination Offerings Commencing in 2021

DACBSP® Required Reading




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




              • Mountjoy M, Sundgot-Borgen JK, Burke LM, Ackerman KE, Blauwet C, Constantini N, Lebrun C, Lundy B, Melin AK, Meyer NL, Sherman RT, Tenforde AS, Klungland Torstveit M, Budgett R. IOC consensus statement on relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S): 2018 update. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Jun;52(11):687-697. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099193. PMID: 29773536.


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