Application And Exam Registration
Written Examination

Examination Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must have graduated or be currently enrolled in an advanced specialty education program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). If currently enrolled, the applicant must meet the "Advanced Education Student" requirements described in "Standard 5" of the CODA Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Such programs must be a minimum of twenty-four (24) months and 3700 scheduled hours in duration, and require extensive and comprehensive clinical experience representative of orthodontic problems encountered in private practice.

To find a CODA approved orthodontic program, please visit: www.ada.org.

An orthodontic resident must have completed a minimum of eighteen (18) months of his/her program by the written examination date to be eligible to take this exam.

Appropriate documentation must be received prior to confirmation of exam registration. This includes a signed affidavit from the program director verifying the status of applicants currently enrolled in an advanced specialty orthodontic program. Applicants that have graduated must submit a copy of their orthodontic degree/certificate.


Written Examination Process

Application and Written Examination Registration

This comprehensive exam assesses knowledge of basic sciences and clinical concepts.

  • Online application is completed on the ABO website prior to the Written Examination deadline. See Exam Dates and Fees for details.
  • Submit a copy of your orthodontic degree/certificate; or your Orthodontic Program must provide verification of your status.
  • The Written Examination is administered only in the United States, U.S. Territories and Canada at Pearson VUE test centers.
  • In February, the ABO will send applicants an email with Pearson VUE registration instructions.
  • After successful completion of the written exam, there is no expiration date nor time-limit for completing the clinical examination.
  • If a retake is necessary, complete the online registration and pay the written examination fee. The application fee is only required if five years has elapsed since the previous application.

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Clinical Examination

Examination Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must have graduated from an advanced specialty education program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Such programs must be a minimum of twenty-four (24) months and 3700 scheduled hours in duration, and require extensive and comprehensive clinical experience representative of orthodontic problems encountered in private practice.

CODA Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs
in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

To find a CODA approved orthodontic program, please visit: www.ada.org.

Anyone who has successfully met the educational requirements outlined above and has successfully completed the written examination is eligible to take this exam.

All applicants must submit a copy of their orthodontic degree/certificate prior to his/her clinical examination.


Clinical Examination Process

Clinical Examination

Certifying Examinations
  • Individuals applying for the Initial Certification Examination who have graduated from an orthodontic program accredited by CODA within a 24 month period prior to the date of their clinical examination may present residency cases. If more than 24 months has passed since graduation, the examinee may only present cases solely treated by the examinee in private practice.
  • A time-limited certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the clinical exam.
  • See Exam Dates and Fees for details.
Certification Renewal Examinations
  • By the end of the time-limited certificate, a Diplomate must have taken the appropriate renewal examination. See Certification Pathway.

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Annual Fee

  • The Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) requires all recognized specialty certification boards to remain economically independent.
  • Assessment of an annual fee from Diplomates is necessary to finance actions which support the mission of the ABO and elevates the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration.
  • Payment of the annual fee is required to maintain CERTIFIED status.
  • Failure to pay the annual fee will result in INACTIVE status with loss of your right to claim certification by the ABO.
  • The annual fee can be paid by credit card through the Online Services of this website, or by mail or fax upon receipt of an invoice sent by the ABO.
  • No portion of this fee goes to political lobbying.

    
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