Definition - Diplomates

Who is a Diplomate?

A Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is a pediatric dentist whose credentials have been verified, who has successfully completed voluntary examinations, and who demonstrates specialized knowledge and skill. A Diplomate is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through a voluntary commitment to lifelong learning.

Types of Diplomates

Unlimited Diplomate

A Board Candidate who applied prior to September 1, 1991 and successfully completed the certification process. A Diplomate must comply with the Annual Diplomate Renewal fee, have an active license to practice dentistry, and submit their Credentials annually to remain active.

Time-limited Diplomate

A Board Candidate who has successfully completed the certification process. Diplomate must comply with the Annual Diplomate Renewal fee, have an active license to practice dentistry, submit the annual Credentials, and complete required elements of ROC-P on an annual basis.

Life Diplomate

An active Diplomate who has been in good standing for at least 10 years and has reached the age of sixty-five (65).

Retired Diplomate

An active Diplomate who has completely retired from the practice of dentistry (administration and/or teaching), has been a Diplomate for at least 10 years, has been in good standing, and has no pending actions or investigations against any dental licenses. If a Retired status Diplomate returns to practicing, teaching, or administration in dentistry, he/she must inform ABPD Headquarters within thirty (30) days at which time his/her will need to complete Credentials prior to their status being changed to Life Diplomate. They will be required to do the annual Credentials until they let Headquarters know that they have returned to Retired status.