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The American Board of Periodontology

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Our Mission

The Mission of the American Board of Periodontology is to advance the art and science of periodontics and enhance the quality of periodontal care through the examination, certification, and periodic recertification of periodontists.

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Notice: At the ABP's 2015 Qualifying Exam workshop in Orlando the Directors examined several issues related to the present Qualifying Examination. After much discussion the Directors voted unanimously to eliminate the Qualifying Examination by 2018 and to develop a new Oral Examination that would be more challenging; possibly including material evident on the present version of the Qualifying Examination. The Board is holding a workshop this March to begin developing the new Oral Examination. Present candidates will take a Qualifying Examination in the same format as in past years in August of 2016 and August 2017. No Qualifying Examination will be offered in the summer of 2018. The May 2016, 2017, and 2018 Oral Examination will be presented in the same format as the past Oral Examinations. The newly structured Oral Examination will be presented for the first time in May 2019. Following this March's workshop a more detailed description of the new Oral Examination for 2019 and beyond will be available and publicized.

The ABP 2016 Qualifying Examination will be administered on Monday, August 15th and Tuesday, August 16th. Application deadline was June 15, 2016.

The 2016 Oral Examination

Two hundred and one candidates participated in the 2016 American Board of Periodontology Oral Examination. One hundred and sixty-nine were successful for a pass rate of 84%.

What is a Diplomate?

A Diplomate is a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty and who is certified by the American Board of Periodontology.

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Certification Guidelines

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

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