Applying for IBCFPRS Certification

To be eligible for certification, a surgeon must:

*Adhere to code of ethics: Possess high moral and ethical standards as determined by, and in the sole discretion of, the IBCFPRS
*Education: Be a graduate of an accredited school of medicine and have completed a graduate medical education program in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery or plastic surgery that includes identifiable training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The accreditation organization must apply standards equivalent to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
*Licensure: Hold the appropriate valid,  non-restricted licensure in country of residence. Temporary limited license is not acceptable.
*Board Certification: Have earned prior certification in fields of otolaryngology and/or plastic surgery.
*Operate in an accredited facility.
*Experience: Must have been in practice a minimum of two years and demonstrate a primary interest in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery by submitting 100 operative reports accepted by peer reviewed committee.
*Successfully pass the IBCFPRS two-day written and oral examination. 


How to Apply

The 2023 application cycle is now closed. You may reference the 2023 application for what supplemental materials will be required and how to organize those materials. The 2024 application will be available here at the end of October, 2023.

Candidates who seek certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery must have previously completed specialty board certification in otolaryngology or general plastic surgery.

Candidates apply by completing the application form which may be downloaded through the link below.

IBCFPRS Application 2024
IBCFPRS Booklet 2024

Regular Track

Regular candidates, who have not completed a 12-month fellowship approved by the IFFPSS, may apply for the IBCFPRS program.  Non-fellowship applicants are required to submit a total of 100 operative case reports (50 per year) that have been performed over a 2-year period.  After review and approval of application materials and the two-year surgical case logs and operative reports by the International Board’s Credentials Committee, the candidate may be admitted to sit the International Board exam.  Criteria for completion of certification requirements include passing the written and the oral portions of the International Board exam.

Preparing for the IBCFPRS Written and Oral Examinations

Please utilize the link on the ABFPRS website to access suggested preparation materials.

Under the For Physicians menu on the home page of the website, scroll down to Preparing for the Exams.  That page will provide you with links to the various preparation resources.

The American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, at, has surgical videos available at a reduced rate of $800US to current candidates who are applying for IBCFPRS certification.  If you wish to purchase these videos, please contact Lisa Novitsky at [email protected] after you have submitted your application to the appropriate Credentials Committee representative.  She will contact the Academy (AAFPRS) on your behalf to start your order.