The ABTS policy is to consider a candidate for subspecialty certification examination only after he or she has completed a congenital heart surgery residency program approved by the RRC-TS.

The examination for subspecialty certification in congenital heart surgery consists of separate written and oral examinations held at times and places determined by the Board. Information regarding the dates and locations of the examinations is published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, as well as on this website.

The 2021 Part I (Written) Congenital Examination in congenital heart surgery will be given in electronic format at Pearson Professional Testing Centers located throughout the United States. Specific information will be provided to approved applicants. The written examination window is between December 13 and December 17, 2021.

The 2022 Congenital Certification Oral Exam date is not yet determined. Specific information regarding the location and time will be provided to approved candidates.