Qualifying Examination

The Qualifying Examination (QE) is one examination of the two-part certification process for Diplomate status in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The examination is designed to generate evidence toward validation of the individual's advanced training in pediatric dentistry. The QE must be successfully completed prior to registering for the Oral Clinical Examination (OCE).

Please refer to the Qualifying Examination Overview below for details on how to prepare for the examination; specifically in section VIII, page 3.  There is no reading list associated with the Qualifying Examination. 

Application Process:


Future examination dates:

2020:  Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - Application open July 1 - December 13, 2019. Application must be completed by logging on to the ABPD website.

2021: Monday, May 3, 2021 Application open July 1 - December 15, 2019. Application must be completed by logging on to the ABPD website.

Cancellation Policy for 2020 May QE:

All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email or by US Mail.  The cancellation policy noted here is used regardless of the PersonVue Testing Center cancellation policy.  Examination fees can not be transferred to a different exam year. 

The Candidate who is unsuccessful with the QE can take the examination annually in years 1 through 4
of their eligibility period. The Qualifying Examination must be successfully completed prior to sitting for the Oral Clinical Examination.  A Candidate cannot sit for the QE and the OCE during the same year.