The ABDPH administers the Qualifying Exam annually. Administered via the ExamSoft platform, candidates take the exam virtually. Applications are due December 1 of the year prior to the Qualifying Exam (for example, the deadline for the 2023 Exam is December 1, 2022). The application is available beginning September 1. The 2023 Exam will be administered on Monday, March 27. The Exam Orientation will be held on Monday, March 13, 2023 at 4 pm ET.
Candidates may elect to take the Qualifying Exam near the end of their advanced Dental Public Health preparation program, if at least 75% of the preparation program has been completed.
Following application, candidates will be notified of their eligibility to take the Qualifying Exam no later than February 1 of the year of the examination. Any candidate deemed ineligible will have up to three (3) years to satisfy outstanding requirements without incurring additional fees. There will be an exam orientation scheduled approximately two (2) weeks prior to the Exam.
The candidate must achieve a weighted score of at least 70% to pass the Qualifying Examination and be permitted to apply for Board eligibility and challenge the Certification Examination. A candidate who fails the Qualifying Examination may retake it up to three times, with payment of $450 for each attempt. These examinations can only be taken as part of the regularly scheduled ABDPH examination cycle. All candidates will be notified whether they passed or failed the Qualifying Examination within two weeks of the examination.
The Qualifying Exam must be successfully completed before the candidate can apply to challenge the Certifying Exam. Once a candidate successfully completes the Qualifying Exam, they have five (5) years to successfully complete the Certifying Exam. Candidates who do not apply for the Certification Examination within five years must retake the Qualifying Examination.