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Eligibility Requirements

Board certification by the ABDSM is open to qualified applicants who are permanent residents of the United States (including territories) and Canada. International applicants who are not permanent residents of these countries are NOT eligible to attain ABDSM Diplomate status. For those individuals, International Certificant status is available. Applicants should indicate which of the three categories applies to them on the application form.

I. Clinical Applicant

All applicants must hold (at a minimum) a dental degree (DDS or DMD) or its equivalent and an active unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the United States or Canada.

II. Academic Applicant

All applicants must hold (at a minimum) a dental degree (DDS or DMD) or its equivalent and an active restricted license to practice dentistry in the United States or Canada. Academic Applicants must currently be a full-time employee of a dental school that is accredited by either the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

III. International Certificant Applicant

All applicants must hold (at a minimum) a dental degree (DDS or DMD) or its equivalent and an active unrestricted license to practice dentistry. International Certificant Applicants must be permanent residents outside of the United States (including territories) or Canada.