ABP Oral Examination Video Introduction


Notices will be mailed in January 2014 to Six Hundred and Eighty-Eight Diplomates who are required to meet ABP's Recertification requirements by December 31, 2014.  Notification will be mailed to Diplomates who last fulfilled recertification requirements in 2008 and those who were achieved Diplomate status in 2008.  The requirements are detailed on the Recertification pages on this website.   

ABP Guidelines for Certification

Prospective candidates are encouraged to download and review the ABP Guidelines for Certification.   Along with reviewing the Guidelines candidates can find information regarding the Qualifying Examination and Oral Examination and download the application at the examination webpages on this website.

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Qualifying Examination

2014 ABP Qualifying Examination

August 25 and 26, 2014

Candidates who wish to apply for the 2014 Qualifying Examination will need to complete the ABP Qualifying Examination Application Form, which includes the ABP Qualifying Examination Attestation Form, and ABP Qualifying Examination Credentials Form.  Make sure all documents are signed and dated and all questions are answered.  The Application, Attestation, Credentials Form and evidence of completion of an accredited program must accompany the application fee of Four Hundred and Fifty Dollars and must be mailed to the Board office by June 15, 2014.  Evidence of completion of an ADA accredited program in Periodontics must be submitted with your application.  This consists of   a copy of your certificate or an official letter signed by the program director that specifies “successful completion of an educational program in Periodontology, which is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation”.  


Candidates unable to obtain verification of successful completion of their program due to research requirements (M.S., M.S.D.) or clinical requirements must have their program director submit the following statement with the program director’s signature,  “ It is anticipated that Dr. ___________ will satisfy all requirements and successfully complete the program in Periodontics prior to the ABP Qualifying Examination”.  Under these circumstances candidates will be permitted to take the ABP Qualifying Examination and receive their results.  However, candidates must submit evidence of successful completion of their program (certificate or letter stating they HAVE successfully completed their program signed by BOTH the Program Director and the Dean (or equivalent administrative officer) before applying for and taking the Oral Examination.

Oral Examination Eligibility Period

Candidates who successfully complete the 2013 Qualifying Examination will be considered Eligible for two years to apply for the Oral Examination.  During this time the Oral Examination process must be completed unless an eligibility extension is granted.  Candidates who received three (3) years eligibility prior to 2010 must apply and successfully complete the Oral Examination within three (3) years from the year the Qualifying Examination was successfully completed unless an extension is granted.

Requests for Eligibility Extension

Requests for eligibility extension may be made in writing to the Board office. Request must be received by October 31st of the year prior to eligibility expiration; i.e. If eligibility expires in 2014, extension request must be received by October 31, 2013.

The Executive Director can approve extensions for qualified candidates without Board action.

Questionable requests will be considered by the Board.

Requests will be granted only when in the Board's judgement the candidate was prevented from taking the Oral Examination by extenuating circumstances.

A maximum of one request will be considered.

At any time candidates may restart the eligibility period by retaking and passing the Qualifying Examination.

Diplomate Board Certification Annual Registration

2014 Annual Board Certification Registration forms will be mailed to all Diplomates October of this year.  

ABP Directors

The American Board of Periodontology Directors 2013-2014

Bryan Pearson Chairman 2014
Steven Blanchard Vice Chairman 2015
Michael McGuire Director 2016
Mark Reynolds Director 2016
Vincent Iacono Director 2017
Jeffrey Rossmann Director 2017
Paul Levi, Jr. Director 2018
Jose Mellado Director 2018
Leslie Batnick Director 2019
Joseph Califano Director 2019