Eligibility & Prerequisites


Board certification by the ABCP is open to qualified applicants who:

  • Hold, at minimum, a dental degree (DDS or DMD) or its equivalent;

  • Possess an active and unrestricted license to practice dentistry; and,

  • Possess an ABOP Diplomate certification in good standing for year of 2017.


  • At least two (2) or more academic years of graduate study in an accredited dental school program which results in a certificate or advanced degree in the diagnosis and treatment of Craniofacial Pain;


    A minimum of five hundred (500) hours of "related" continuing education courses which have been completed within the immediate ten years prior to the date of submission of the written application.

  • Completion, personally, of all aspects of diagnosis and treatment for one hundred (100) patients whose chief complaints included Craniofacial Pain of non-dental or alveolar origin.

  • Personal involvement in the diagnosis and treatment of Craniofacial Pain not of dental or alveolar origin during the two years immediately preceding the application for Diplomate Status.

When evaluating your prerequisites, please determine whether you meet all of the requirements and, if you do not, please do not submit an application. Applications and prerequisites will be reviewed by the ABCP, and the ABCP will send notification of application/prerequisite approval to applicants.