Mission Statement

To certify pediatric dentists through a voluntary examination process that continuously validates their knowledge, skills and experience for delivering quality patient outcomes.


Every pediatric dentist is inspired to provide high quality oral health care to all children and maximize patient outcomes through continuous participation in the certification process.

Core Values

Excellence in Pediatric Oral Health Care

ABPD values the provision of the highest quality oral health care for children. Such care is thoughtful, careful, ethical and based on the current scientific evidence. It takes into account the best interest of the patient and is respectful of the patient and his/her family.

A Fair and Valid Examination

ABPD values a fair and valid testing process for board certification and renewal of certification in Pediatric Dentistry. Such a testing process is based on the current knowledge in professional and educational testing. The process is evaluated continuously to insure that it is of the highest quality and accurately assesses the candidate's knowledge, skill and judgment. A fair and valid examination requires skilled, committed and adequately trained examiners

A Commitment to Lifelong Learning

ABPD values a health professional's commitment to lifelong learning. ABPD values candidates' and Diplomates' desire to practice pediatric dentistry at the highest level and their commitment to constantly reevaluate their practices in light of the most recent scientific evidence. ABPD recognizes the value of renewal of certification and continuing education for health professionals.

Quality Improvement in Health Care

ABPD values quality improvement in health care through objective assessment of outcomes and process. It supports efforts to provide optimal health care to children.


ABPD embraces integrity and accountability in guiding and empowering pediatric dentists to engage in continuous competency.


ABPD values working with internal and external stakeholders to achieve a unified vision.

Effective Stewards

ABPD is committed to being an effective steward of its entrusted resources and accountable to Diplomates and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Strategic Goals

 Collaboration/Relationships  High-Quality Certification Process  Effective and Sustainable Organization

Increase collaboration and relationship-building with related organizations, boards and other stakeholders.

  • Improve external communications and collaboration with “allied” boards, quality improvement leaders (COD, DQA, ADA) and key stakeholders to promote the value of certification, renewal of certification and competency.
  • Improve internal stakeholders’ (Diplomates and AAPD) understanding of the value of continual competency assessment
  • Increase public awareness of the value of board certification.

Ensure the credibility and integrity of the continuous certification process.

  • Stay at the forefront of continuing competency.
  • Evaluate and strengthen the certification and recertification process.
  • Utilize technology best practices and make technology more accessible, seamless and user friendly.

Strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of ABPD and its governance.

  • Implement and enhance ongoing board development.
  • Restructure and empower the Examination Subcommittees.
  • Effectively manage and utilize reserve funds

Strategic Plan Overview 

2014-2017 Strategic Plan