Once a candidate successfully completes the Qualifying Exam, they may apply for the Certification Exam. Successful completion of the Qualifying Exam does not guarantee that the applicant will be eligible for the Certifying Exam. All requirements must be met to be deemed eligible.
The ABDPH administers the Certifying Exam annually. Applications are due August 15 of the year prior to the Qualifying Exam (for example, the deadline for the 2024 Exam is August 15, 2023). The application is available beginning June 1.
Following the application deadline, the Board will review applications and determine each candidate’s Board Eligibility. Candidates will be notified of this determination no later than September 25. Candidates declared ineligible for the Exam will have up to three (3) years to meet any outstanding requirements without incurring additional fees. Once a candidate is deemed Board Eligible, they must challenge the exam within five (5) years.
The eligible candidate must submit two (2) Project Reports, each as a separate PDF file by 11:59 pm ET on October 1 of the year prior to the candidate’s intended examination date. Candidates receiving communication from the Executive Director regarding the written project reports should reply immediately. If deadlines are not met, the candidate will not be eligible to take the examination in the intended year.
Candidates will be notified of any failure of the Project Report(s) by February 1. Any candidate who fails a Project Report will be unable to proceed with the oral portion of the examination.
Candidates should thoroughly review the Candidate's Guide for detailed information about the Exam.
The oral portion of the Certification Exam is the Thursday-Sunday immediately preceding the National Oral Health Conference. Specific dates (each candidate will present for two days of examination) will be given to each candidate a least 60 days prior to the Examination. The 2024 Certification Exam will be given April 11-14, 2024 in St. Louis, MO.
To Apply for the 2024 Certifying Exam, click here.
For a Printable Version of this checklist, click here.
Payment for the Certifying Exam is made in two parts. A $500 fee is due at the time of application for the Board to determine a candidate’s eligibility. A $1000 exam fee is due when Project Reports are submitted. Fees will be collected when applications/project reports are submitted. If you prefer to pay via check rather than by credit card, please contact the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.