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Diplomate in Special Care Dentistry

Diplomate Status

Special Care Dentistry Association has formed the American Board of Special Care Dentistry (ABSCD) to grant the credential of Diplomate in Special Care Dentistry. The purpose of this credential is to recognize outstanding individuals in the field of special care dentistry.

Eligibility and Application

The 2021 Diplomate Application and information can be found in The Candidate Handbook for the Certification Exam.

Applications must be post-marked by February 26, 2021. If you qualify for the exam, you will take the exam before the SCDA 33nd Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH from June 17-19, 2021. You will be notified by the ABSCD Board if your application qualifies.


Diplomate Maintenance Requirements

  • Maintain membership in good standing with SCDA
  • Payment of annual maintenance fee for the current fiscal year
  • Attend 1 SCDA Annual Meeting every 3 years
  • Recertification every 10 years, with verification of 200 education hours in related fields of special care dentistry

Diplomate Recertification

Click here to access the Diplomate Recertification application.

According to the by-laws of ABSCD, initial certification is valid for ten years and additional re-certification is required every ten years. In order to be considered for re-certification:

  • Candidates must be current members of SCDA and ABSCD
  • Must have attended at least three SCDA annual meetings during the past ten years
  • Must have obtained at least 200 hours of continuing education in areas of special care dentistry during the past ten years
  • Continue to be actively involved in dental care for individuals with special needs by providing clinical care, teaching or research
  • Complete the application and submit all required supporting documentation to ABSCD
  • Fulfill any other requirements for re-certification as determined by the ABSCD Board of Directors and printed in the bylaws

The Re-certification committee of ABSCD will determine if a candidate qualifies to be re-certified as a Diplomate of ABSCD and has the right to request additional information which may be needed to support a candidate‚Äôs application. 

Please email with any questions. 

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