Board Certification in Lifestyle Medicine

Demonstrate your competency in Lifestyle Medicine

ASLM is proud to announce Board Certification in Lifestyle Medicine is now available in Australasia, offering you the opportunity to be amongst some of the first in the world to be certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM) and/or by ASLM.

Certification in Lifestyle Medicine demonstrates your competency in Lifestyle Medicine, augmenting your clinical or public health practice with a solid grounding in preventing, managing and reversing chronic and lifestyle-related diseases.

For the full list of individuals certified in Lifestyle Medicine to date, please see this page.

For those who would like to undertake further professional development in Lifestyle Medicine, Board Certification contributes one third of the points (480/1440) required for the ASLM Fellowship.

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Watch: Board Certification information webinar

If you are interested in pursuing your passion for Lifestyle Medicine but don’t know where to begin, or whether Board Certification is right for you, watch this webinar to learn more about the process and how to get started.

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Why Certify?

Certification is the differentiating factor between health professionals who are passionate about Lifestyle Medicine, and those who can actually practice it within their current scope of expertise. Certification will set you apart and change the way you practice medicine (for the better!).

Certification, and the subsequent practice of Lifestyle Medicine, allows you to have a deep and lasting impact on your patients’ health. Rather than simply managing symptoms, you are addressing the underlying cause of chronic disease, often leading to an arrest and reversal of the disease, and healing for your patients.

Certification demonstrates your commitment to, and competency in, Lifestyle Medicine, augmenting your clinical or public health practice with a solid grounding in preventing, managing and reversing chronic and lifestyle-related disease.

Certification, standardised by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, is your entry into a global community of like-minded health professionals, passionate about advancing the Lifestyle Medicine movement for change.

For more of the reasons to pursue Board Certification, and the importance of having an internationally recognised and consistent standard for Lifestyle Medicine professionals, please watch the video below. This video features some of the founding members of the American and International Boards of Lifestyle Medicine.

Eligibility

To be eligible to undertake Board Certification, you must be eligible for Full Member of ASLM (see membership requirements here) and a clinician, public health professional or otherwise suitably qualified in a health related field. Please note, you do not need to be a member to enrol, however, members are eligible for a 10% discount on the cost of registration.

Depending on your field and level of professional education, you will be eligible for one of three categories of Certification described below.

Types of Certification

  • Certified Physician – Medical doctors
  • Certified Professional – Masters/PhD level health practitioners
  • Certified Practitioner –  Degree level health practitioners

Requirements

The pre-requisites and requirements for Certification vary by professional status. Please refer to the type of Certification relevant to you below for a specific breakdown of what’s involved. If you are unsure of which type of Certification you should be pursuing, please see ‘Types of Certification’ above.

Board Certification involves an online (minimum 30 hours) and self-directed learning process. However, candidates will be provided with a comprehensive list of online educational resources, references, articles and other readings to assist with exam preparation. ASLM’s Education Coordinator will also provide guidance in the preparation of case studies and will be available to assist with general enquiries throughout the Board Certification process.

Certified Physician

(Certified by IBLM & ASLM)

30 hours of online/non-live CME/CPD (Lifestyle Medicine specific)

10 hours of in-person CME/CPD (Lifestyle Medicine specific)

Formal case study

Formal exam (4 hours, 150 items)

Cost:

Certification exam fee: $1650

Non-refundable registration fee: $330

How to meet the online and in-person CME/CPD requirements

Certified Professional

(Certified by IBLM & ASLM)

30 hours of online/non-live CME/CPD (Lifestyle Medicine specific)

10 hours of in-person CME/CPD (Lifestyle Medicine specific)

Formal case study

Formal exam (4 hours, 120 items)

Cost:

Certification exam fee: $1320

Non-refundable registration fee: $330

How to meet the online and in-person CME/CPD requirements

Certified Practitioner

(Certified by ASLM)

30 hours of online/non-live CME/CPD (Lifestyle Medicine specific)

10 hours of in-person CME/CPD (Lifestyle Medicine specific)

Formal case study

Formal exam (4 hours, 120 items)

Cost:

Certification exam fee: $1320

Non-refundable registration fee: $330

How to meet the online and in-person CME/CPD requirements

Meeting the requirements

You are required to complete 30 hours of online/non-live Lifestyle Medicine CME/CPD. We strongly recommend that you undertake the Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine: The Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course 2nd edition (FOLM/LMBRC) (No CME Credits), presented by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), to achieve your 30 hours. There are alternative courses which have been recommended by the IBLM (see below) but the FOLM/LMBRC is seen to be the best preparation for Australasian candidates.

The following are highly regarded courses that will assist with exam preparation and have also been approved by the IBLM for this purpose:

The best way to earn at least 10 hours of in-person CME/CPD is to attend any ASLM conference or workshop, in the last 3 years. For 2020, attending the Lifestyle Medicine 2020 conference immediately following the exam (15-17 May 2020) will meet your requirement.

Other highly regarded in-person learning opportunities include:

The case study is a pass/fail hurdle requirement that needs to be completed prior to sitting the exam.

It should be 750 – 1500 words in length and detail your experience/practice/application of Lifestyle Medicine. This can be based on a real or hypothetical patient, or even yourself, as long as you are demonstrating an understanding for, and evidence-based application of, the principles of Lifestyle Medicine.

A case study template will be provided which you should use as a guide to prepare your submission.

Case studies should be fully referenced and submitted via email to  by 3 November 2020.

The exam is conducted in-person, under supervised conditions. You will need to bring a fully functional laptop or tablet, through which you will be granted access to the exam.

You will have 4 hours in which to complete 150 (Physicians) or 120 (Professionals & Practitioners) multiple choice questions. Each question consists of a stem question with four possible answers.

A breakdown of exam topic areas and weighting of focus is available here.

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Frequently asked questions

Board Certification and Fellowship are two separate but related undertakings. Board Certification represents a recognition of competency in Lifestyle Medicine, whereas Fellowship represents a recognition of expertise in Lifestyle Medicine. Board Certification is worth 480 points (one third) towards the ASLM Fellowship. You can complete Board Certification OR the ASLM Fellowship OR you can do both. We have many candidates who like to do both, but you do not need to do one to complete the other.

Board Certification is recognised by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine as well as ASLM and comes with the certification logo, which you can use to promote your competence and special interest in Lifestyle Medicine.

Fellowship is understood more within the Australasian context and is accompanied by the post-nominals FASLM, which recognise your expertise in this field.

Board Certification involves an exam, but does not have a grandparenting or recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway, whereas Fellowship does not involve an exam and currently has provisions available for grandparenting and RPL.

If you are relatively new to Lifestyle Medicine, we recommend Board Certification as being an excellent place to start. If you are quite experienced in the field, we would encourage you to apply for the ASLM Fellowship whilst it is still in its grandparenting period. We have many Fellows who also choose to do Board Certification, essentially because they like the recognition of both. We also have many Board Certification candidates who go on to do the ASLM Fellowship.

Both of these Education Pathways in Lifestyle Medicine set the standard for evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine practice, both here in Australasia and around the world.

Costs associated with completing Board Certification is dependent on a number of factors, and therefore varies between candidates. Please see below for a detailed breakdown of the potential costs involved.

Note that CME/CPD is considered valid for 3 years, so you may have already completed some of the below requirements.

Full Membership with ASLM

Membership Fee

1 Year $220
3 Years $594
ASLM Board Certification Registration

Certification Exam Fee

Physicians $1650
Professionals $1320
Practitioners $1320

Non-Refundable Registration Fee

$330
Meeting the Requirements

30 hours online/non-live CME/CPD

ACLM Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Course

(or) 

ACLM/ACPM Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Course

$499 USD

(or)

$749 – $999 USD

10 hours in-person CME/CPD

ASLM Lifestyle Medicine Conference (2 days) $660

Yes! All CME/CPD accrued within the last 3 years counts toward this requirement of Board Certification. CME/CPD must not be older than 3 years prior to completing the formal exam requirement of Board Certification.

Exam preparation and Board Certification requirements can be completed in a 3 month period, depending on how much time you have to study. However, more time than this would be preferable.

To help support your efforts, we have created an education resources area of the website which will walk you through, step by step, how to prepare for the exam.

We also offer a peer-led study group where you can connect with other Board Certification candidates and support one another in your preparation for the exam. This is available on an ‘opt-in’ basis and is an excellent way to get to know your future Lifestyle Medicine peers.

Our Education Coordinator is also here to answer any of your questions along the way.

Our Education Coordinator, Jordhana Clark, is available to answer any questions you may have about the Board Certification process, and what this internationally recognised standard means for you and your practice.

Please contact our office on 1300 673 643 to speak with her, or email our team at