Testing Qualifications

Applicants for AACM Diplomat Certification must:

  • Be a active member of AACM;
  • Have 2+ years of experience in the practice of cannabinoid medicine;
  • Have 20+ units of approved Continuing Medical Education (CME) from entities listed below;
  • Be in good standing with:
    • the AACM and the organizations listed below;
    • the medical board of the state in which they currently practice;
    • the medical boards of any previous locales in which they have practiced; and
    • the licensing bodies in other localities or countries in which they practice or have practiced.

Applicants must completely disclose:

  • Whether they have ever been investigated by their licensing entity;
  • Any problems they have had with the entities listed below which affected their right to practice;
  • Whether their license has ever been suspended or revoked; and/or
  • Whether they have ever been convicted of a crime.

Applicants are advised that if they have had problems with licensing in the past, have been investigated or censured by their licensing board, and/or have had their license suspended, the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine may not be able to offer them board certification or membership status. Should applicants have experienced these problems in the past, they may request that the AACM review the circumstances to determine whether diplomat certification can be offered prior to making a formal application or submitting any fees. All inquiries are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Testing Procedure

Practice Standards Review
Your membership application and certification test will be reviewed to confirm education, CME, license status, practice, and experience.

We will confirm your adherence to AACM practice standards by website review, phone contact, testimonials, and – in most cases – a site visit.

The Diplomat Certification Test is both written and oral. The oral exam is approximately one hour long and is administered by AACM Fellows. The written exam consists of multiple choice, fill-in the blank and short essay questions.

Dates and Location
Diplomat Certification Testing is offered twice a year.

The exam will be held annually on the third Friday in August in Seattle, Washington. On even-numbered years, it will also be held the day following the Patients Out of Time Conference in April.

There is a one-time, non-refundable testing fee of $200, plus a $100 processing fee. Cancellations made more than 15 days before the test will be refunded the $100 processing fee; there are no refunds for cancellations made less than 15 days prior to the test.

Approved Sponsors for CME Units

  • Patients Out of Time
  • International Cannabinoid Research Society
  • International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines
  • Neuropharmacology Cannabinoid Signaling Conference
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • American Society of Pain Management
  • American Pain Society
  • American Public Health Association
  • California Society of Addiction MedicineNOTE: You may apply for approval of CME units from other medically appropriate presentations.