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Recognized Dental Specialty Certifying Boards

Following the granting of recognition by the National Commission, the recognized sponsoring organization must establish a national board for certifying diplomats in accordance with the Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists (PDF). 

Currently, there are eleven national certifying boards recognized by the National Commission. The National Commission will not recognize any certifying board without the prior recognition of a dental specialty sponsoring organization. 

Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists

Based on the Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists, in order to become, and remain eligible for recognition by the National Commission as a national certifying board for a dental specialty, the specialty must have a sponsoring organization that meets all of the elements of the Requirements for Recognition of a Dental Specialty. 

The role of the recognized certifying board is to certify dentists as diplomats only in the special area of dental practice approved by the National Commission. No more than one certifying board will be recognized for the certification of diplomats in a single area of practice. 

Visit the National Commissions Application for Recognition Process webpage. 

Annual Report of the Recognized Certifying Boards 

On an annual basis, the recognized certifying boards are required to complete and submit to the National Commission an annual survey. The purpose of the annual survey is to collect current information on the governance and operations of each of the national certifying boards for dental specialists and to ensure each certifying board’s adherence to the Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists. Data collected via the survey are compiled and published in the NCRDSCB Annual Report of the Recognized Dental Specialty Certifying Boards. 

The contents of the Annual Report of the Recognized Dental Specialty Certifying Boards includes:

  • Certification and Examination Data
  • Board Executive Directors/Secretaries
  • Current Certifying Board President
  • Certification Pathways and Applications
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Financial Operations
  • Examination Procedures
  • Examination Type and Number of Candidates
  • Validity and Reliability provided by a psychometrician/statistician
  • Test Construction and Evaluation
  • Certification and Re-Certification Examination Content
  • Re-Examination Policies
  • Recertification/Certification Maintenance Policies

Download full reports and see the list of dental specialty boards, including contact information below: