Certification Renewal Examination

(Voluntary Renewals Included) 




This examination will follow successful completion of the ABO Written Examination and the ABO Initial Clinical Examination.


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Certification Renewal Examination (Time-Limited Certifications):

The certification renewal exam may be taken no earlier than two (2) years prior to the expiration date printed on the board certified orthodontist’s certificate. A new certificate will be awarded stating an expiration date of ten (10) years from the completion of this exam. Any remaining time will be added to the board certified orthodontist’s new certificate. Successful completion of this exam is required in order to maintain Board certification status.


Voluntary Certification Renewal Examination (Lifetime Certifications):

All lifetime board certified orthodontists are encouraged to voluntarily renew their certification.  This is a requirement for all lifetime board certified orthodontists before they are eligible to act as an ABO Examiner and / or ABO Director.


Components and Criteria


Online Board Case Exam (BCE) Option:

1.Complete two (2) online Board Case Exams (BCE), as provided by the Board.  The BCE Study Guide may be found here.

2. Continuing Education Credits from online AJODO exams:


-Select four (4) publications from available list via the AAO Website.

-Each publication exam consists of 16 true/false choice questions.

-Submit earned CE Credits from the online exam to meet requirement.


Mail-in Case Option:

1. Case Report Examination (CRE) for one (1) case with a DI of ten (10) or greater submitted by mail.  The patient source requirements are as follows:


-One (1) case treated by the examinee from their clinical orthodontic practice.

-Case must be initiated within one's current certification time frame or within the past ten years.

-Full-time orthodontic educators, who have met all other requirements, may present a case that the educator directly supervised while teaching within a CODA approved orthodontic program. The supervised case may not include a case that has been, or will be, presented to the ABO by a resident of the orthodontic program.


2. Continuing Education Credits from online AJODO articles:


-Select two (2) publications from available list via the AAO Website.

-Each publication exam consists of 16 true/false choice questions.

-Submit earned CE Credits from the online exam to meet requirement.


AJODO Continuing Education Access

To complete the continuing education portion of the certification renewal examination, please choose any AJO-DO issues published within 24 months of your certification expiration date. Once you have read the selected material, you will then need to purchase each issue from the AAO Store. Each test will cost $20.00 payable to the AAO. After purchase, go to the AJO-DO Tests page under the EDUCATION tab on the AAO website. There you will be able to login using your AAO ID and password to complete the AJO-DO tests you have purchased. The website will display the current month and 12 months prior.  If you do not have an AAO ID and password, please send an email to Clinical@AmericanBoardOrtho.com so we may further assist you.


You may use the below link to login and begin the tests:



For preparation assistance, you may download the test questions prior to taking the test by clicking here:



You will earn 3 CE Credits for each passed test. Please email a copy of your CE Credits obtained from the AAO before your examination date. If you prefer, you may print and include with your case submission. Proof of CE Credits will satisfy your online component for your certification renewal.