FAQ

Why do I have to participate in ROC-P but my partner, who holds an Unlimited Certificate does not?

American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) and other Boards have developed a renewal of certification protocol in order to meet the demand for more transparency in annual credentialing, continuing dental education, evaluation of knowledge and parameters of care. The new Renewal of Certification Process (ROC-P) is a continuous, rolling process, documenting achievement in four critical areas of pediatric dentistry.

Prior to 1991, the ABPD awarded certificates unlimited by time. ABPD policy is that these certificates will be honored without further examination. Pediatric Dentists who presented their credentials to ABPD after September 6, 1991 and subsequently completed the certifying process, received a Time-limited certificate and must participate in the renewal process on an ongoing basis.

What is Renewal of Certification Process (ROC-P)?

The ROC-P is a four-part renewal of certification process that assures the public of a Diplomates competency in the specialty of pediatric dentistry. In ROC-P your professionalism is demonstrated by:

Why is the ROC-P program necessary?

Since the 1990s there has been a conscious and concerted effort by those both inside and outside the health professions to begin to systematically evaluate the quality of delivered health care. It also became necessary, to codify the reasons for inadequate care and health errors, and to make recommendations for system-wide improvement. Health service researchers began to document widespread unexplained variation in care delivered, even by board-certified dentists. In addition, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published the summaries of phase 2 of their Quality Initiative project. The publications, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System (1999) and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century (2001) received widespread and immediate public attention. The IOM also made specific recommendations for change, including the goals that care should be safe, effective, efficient, equitable, patient-centered, and timely. These two reports accelerated calls for change in dental education, how care is delivered, and how certified dentists are evaluated throughout their careers.

The American Dental Association Council on Dental Education and Licensure, in their document, Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists (2009) states, “Each board shall encourage its Diplomates to engage in lifelong learning and continuous quality improvement.”

When do I need to get started and what do I have to do to complete the ROC-P program?


Upon payment of your Annual Diplomate Renewal and credentials form you will automatically be enrolled in ROC-P and the continuous process will begin. Requirements are linked to your current certificate. The BEST way to find out WHAT you need to do and WHEN, log on at www.abpd.org, go to the ROC-P home page, register with your password and ID and your ‘My Portfolio’ page will show. Your personal account will be updated with your requirements. In addition, the America Board of Pediatric Dentistry will periodically send automated quarterly e-mails to remind you at appropriate times of your ROC-P requirements.

Can I receive Continuing Education credit hours (CE) for completing ROC-P?

Yes! Successful completion the ROC exam and the CQI's will award CE hours.

Is the ROC examination the same examination that I took for initial certification?

No. The ABPD ROC-P Subcommittee has made the ROC examination clinically focused and allows the Diplomate to validate their continued in-depth knowledge and competency in pediatric dentistry and presently has 50 questions in an open book format.

How often do I have to complete the ROC examination?

At this time, ROC-P requires you to successfully complete the ROC examination once every 10 years.

When will I receive my examination results?

You will receive immediate results after completing the examination. Successful completion of the ROC examination will automatically be recorded in on your dashboard. 

What if I don't complete my ROC-P annual requirements?

Failure to complete annual ROC-P requirements will result in being placed in an 'Inactive Status.'  To be reinstated you would need to contact Headquarters.  Click here for policy.

What is the best way for me to contact the ABPD if I have questions?

First – visit your personal Web account and review your dashboard page for answers to most of your questions.
Second – Contact ABPD Headquarters Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM CT. at 800-410-1250

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.  

I took a course in December, what year do I receive credit for them since it is past the November 30th deadline?

The CE hours can only be used in the year they were earned. ABPD uses the month of December as a grace month and a Diplomate can contact Jasey at ABPD to arrange for an extension.

Example: If a course is taken on December 4, 2015 they could not be used for the 2016 requirement. They could be applied to 2015 with an extension.