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Posted: 3/17/2016




As our Diplomate numbers continue to grow there are many questions that arise regarding the Renewal of Certification Process (ROC-P). I would like to answer some of the common questions that staff are asked and try to eliminate confusion that appears to exist about this process.



 1) When is the deadline for the Renewal of Certification Process (ROC-P)?

November 30 is when all requirements for the current year must be completed as well as your Annual Diplomate Renewal (ADR) for the upcoming year. I encourage you to not wait until the last minute. There always seems to be unexpected things that come up that we didn’t plan for especially in the fall of the year.  Get it completed early. I am certain you will be glad you did. For those Diplomates that complete their requirements by September 1, you will be entered into a drawing for one of nine iWatches.

Please keep in mind that a late fee of $500 is accessed for those that miss the November 30 deadline.

2) Is the DVD version of the AAPD Comprehensive Review Course accepted to meet the 10-year comprehensive review course requirement?

Although we feel a comprehensive review course is an excellent review of pediatric dentistry and is extremely valuable for continuing education, your Board of Directors decided to eliminate the comprehensive review course as a requirement for the ROC-P.  This change became effective January 1, 2016. If you attend the comprehensive review course with the AAPD, you are able to apply the CE hours towards your 15 CE hour annual requirement.

3) What types of courses are acceptable to meet the annual requirement of 15 CE hours?

Any course that you can apply to your clinical practice that helps you in the treatment of children will be acceptable. We do not accept business or marketing related courses.

4) If I complete more than 15 hours of CE for the current year, can I roll over the excess hours for the next year?

Although we do encourage a commitment to lifelong learning, if you complete more than 15 hours of CE in a given year, you will not be able to roll those hours over for the next year.

5) How long will it take me to complete the ROC exam and how many times can I retake the exam?

You may take the exam as many times as you need as long as you successfully pass it by your renewal of certification deadline. When you take the exam, you will have 48 hours to complete it.  This is a 50-question, open book exam that is clinically relevant to your practice.  This exam seems to create a lot of anxiety. I have to admit that when I took the exam in 2011, I had my own level of anxiety. I remember worrying that if I failed, I could lose my certification.  If you fail, no worries, you will be able to take it again. At the end of the exam, you will be able to review why the answer is correct with a corresponding explanation and reference.  In addition, you will receive 10 hours of CE that will count towards your annual requirement of 15 hours.

6) Can I take more than 2 CQI’s per year?

Yes, you can take as many as you would like but keep in mind that the following year, your requirement of 2 new CQI’s will start over. Once you have completed a CQI, you will receive 1 CE credit that will go towards your annual 15-hour requirement. If you should fail a CQI, you will be given a second chance to re-take it. Once you have been unsuccessful a second time, you will be unable to take that particular CQI again for two years. You will have the opportunity to take a different CQI. Any CQI that you have previously taken whether pass or fail will reopen every 2 years.

7) Can the CE that I receive from taking the CQI’s be used towards my state dental board requirements?

As of now, these CE hours are not CERP or PACE approved. You will have to check with your State Dental Board to see if these CE hours will be acceptable. We are looking into the opportunity to provide CERP approval in the future. It is our hope that this process will not be burdensome, but helps to challenge you for a lifetime of learning. As more and more outside groups are looking at continued competency in the healthcare arena, we have the privilege of self-regulation at this time. Although a work in progress, we are continually striving to improve the process and want you to feel that this is meaningful. The ultimate goal of this entire process is the hope of ensuring to the public a commitment to lifelong learning and improving care and outcomes for the children we serve on a daily basis. 

As you participate in the ROC-P, I want to encourage you not to wait until the last possible minute. You have worked too hard to get where you are to let deadlines come and go and place your board certification at risk. I want to encourage you to set goals to get these requirements completed soon. At this point, no one has lost their certification because of a failed exam. The ones that have lost it, which are very few, are those that made very little attempt at the process. 


Look at this as an opportunity to learn something new. We are striving hard to make this relevant and user-friendly. This is not meant to be punitive but to be helpful in your development as a pediatric dentist. We are here to help you make our profession one of the best specialties out there. Your participation and input will help make the ROC-P better and keep it improving.


Pediatric Dentistry Today, March 2016


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