Application And Exam Registration
Requirements

Applicant must complete or be enrolled in an advanced education program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics in the United States or Canada which is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and which is a minimum of 24 months/3700 hours in length and requires extensive and comprehensive clinical experience representative of orthodontic problems encountered in private practice.

The "Advanced Education Student - Standard #5," as recognized by the Commission of Dental Education, is eligible to make application upon the completion of an advanced education program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics in the United States or Canada which is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and which is a minimum of 24 months/3700 hours in length and requires extensive and comprehensive clinical experience representative of orthodontic problems encountered in private practice.

To find a CODA accredited orthodontic program, proceed to www.ada.org.

Certification Process

1. Application

  • An online application is submitted to the ABO along with registration for the Written Examination.
  • Submit a copy of your orthodontic degree/certificate; or your Orthodontic Program will provide verification of your status.

2. Written Examination

  • This comprehensive exam assesses knowledge of basic sciences and clinical concepts.
  • Any educationally qualified practicing orthodontist may take the written exam.
  • An orthodontic resident must have completed 18 months of their program by the exam date to be eligible to take this exam.
  • After successful completion of the written exam, there is no time-limit nor expiration date for completing the clinical examination.
  • The Written Examination is administered only in the United States, U.S. Territories and Canada at Pearson VUE test centers.
  • Online registration is first submitted to the ABO by the posted deadline.
  • You must wait until February to register with Pearson VUE and reserve your test date. You will receive instructions from the ABO at that time.
  • See Exam Dates and Fees for dates and deadlines. Find Pearson VUE test centers at www.pearsonvue.com.
  • If a retake is necessary, complete the online registration and pay the written exam fee. The application fee is charged again if five years have elapsed since the previous application.

>> Register for Written Examination

3. Clinical Examination

Certifying Examinations

  • Anyone who has successfully completed the written examination is eligible for the ABO clinical exam.
  • The Initial Certification Examination is permitted within 24 months of graduation from an orthodontic program.
  • If more than 24 months have passed since graduation, the examinee may register for the Beginning Certification Examination.
  • A time-limited certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the clinical exam.
  • See Exam Dates and Fees for dates and deadlines.

Recertification Examinations

  • By the end of the time-limited certificate, a Diplomate must have taken the appropriate recertification examination. See Pathways to Recertification.

>> Register for Clinical Examination

4. Annual Fee

  • The Council on Dental Education (CODA) requires all recognized specialty certification boards to remain economically independent.
  • Assessment of a Diplomate annual fee is necessary to finance actions which support the mission of the ABO to elevate the level of orthodontic care for the public.
  • No portion of this fee goes to political lobbying.
  • 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.

    
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