CCSP® and DACBSP® Certification Requirements

Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician®

The CCSP® certification requires post-graduate education in chiropractic sports medicine or a closely related discipline. Licensed doctors of chiropractic who satisfy one of the following, and are able to provide official documentation demonstrating such, are eligible to take the CCSP examination:

  1. Completed a minimum of 100 hours of postgraduate education in the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians® program from an accredited chiropractic college.
  2. Possess a current Athletic Trainer (ATC) Certification
  3. Completed a Masters of Science (MS) program in exercise and sport science or equivalent program from an accredited college
  4. Completed the first year of a sports medicine residency program with an accredited college

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.

Once these requirements are met the doctor may submit application to the ACBSP™ national office to take the CCSP written exam. The exam consists of 250 multiple-choice questions and is administered in two parts on the same day. The entire exam including the instruction period and mid-exam break is typically scheduled for a five-hour period on a weekend day.

CCSP certification candidates may attempt the exam up to three (3) times and must pass the exam within three (3) years of the date of completion of the qualifying post-graduate education program (CCSP or MS program).

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

Follow this link for information regarding the exam application process and form.

Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians®

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 100 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 completion of minimum of 200 hours postgraduate education in the DACBSP Program, from 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 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.

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.

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

Follow this link for information regarding the exam application process and form.