Recertification Requirements
Share |

In order to ensure Diplomates maintain a high level of competency in the practice of Orofacial Pain each Diplomate must comply with specific continuing education requirements.  Failure to comply with these requirements can result in revocation of ones Diplomate status.   



Diplomates are required to pay yearly Diplomate Dues.  Failure to pay dues before January 1 will result in the assessment of a late fee.  Fees will be accrued over the years and must be paid in full to maintain one's status.



Recertification Guidelines

The American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP) presents to the public Diplomates who have been certified through a rigorous validated psychometric testing process as having demonstrated an exceptional level of competency in orofacial pain. To maintain that level of competency, the Board of Directors of the ABOP has instituted a policy that requires Diplomates to undertake a high level of continuing education, with specificity, and to maintain the documentation necessary for recertification. 


  1. Diplomates are required to achieve 100 hours of continuing education in the field of orofacial pain every 5 years. Hours earned during one five year period may not be carried forward into another recertification period.
  2. One hour of continuing education is equivalent to 1 hour of credit towards the continuing education requirement.
  3. All hours must be in orofacial pain related fields which includes:
    1. Neurovascular pain (example: various primary headache disorders, arteritis)
    2. Neuropathic pain and dysfunction (example: neuralgias, sympathetically maintained pain)
    3. Musculoskeletal pain (example: TMJ disorders, myalgia, myofascial pain, cervical pains)
    4. Other related areas:
      1. Related sleep disorders
      2. Related movement disorders
      3. Extracranial, intracranial, and systemic causes of orofacial pain and dysfunction
      4. Behavioral and psychological subjects relative to the management of orofacial pain.
    5. Topics such as anatomy, pharmacology, physical therapy and other related medical fields are included as they relate to the diagnosis and treatment of the topics covered in areas a-d. (Example: Pharmacologic treatment of neuralgia or headache)
  4. Continuing education credits may be obtained by attending educational meetings of national or international professional societies or associations such as the Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP), or quadrennial meetings of the International Congress of Temporomandibular Disorders (ICOT) or similar educational programs at the approval of the Recertification Committee in cases of dispute regarding the relationship of CE courses to orofacial pain. A Diplomate has the right to appeal the Committee’s decision to the Board of Directors. The topics must be specifically related to the areas identified in 3a – 3e above.
  5. Hours may also be obtained as follows:
    1. 2 hours per year for clinical teaching at least 1 day per month in an orofacial pain program at a CODA accredited institutions
    2. 6 hours per year for full time teaching in an orofacial pain program at a CODA accredited institution
    3. 4 hours per year for lectures related to orofacial pain as noted in section 3a - 3e at academic dental or medical programs or national professional societies where certified continuing education credits may be earned, credit 1 hour credit per 1 hour of lecture
    4. 4 hours per year for authorship (author of an article in a refereed journal, chapter in a textbook, or submission of a grant related to an orofacial pain-related topic; credits, 2 hours per article)
    5. 6 hours per year for authorship/editorship (author or editor) of a textbook related to orofacial pain; credits, 6 hours per textbook per calendar year
    6. 2 hours per year for a poster presentation at an annual national or international meeting of any recognized pain management organization; credits, 2 hours per poster
    7. 2 hours per year for participation in a sponsored and/or funded research project

    Hours from this category (5a – 5g) may only account for a total of 34 hours towards the total 100-hour requirement.

  6. All current Diplomates are required to maintain documentation of their CE credit hours. Diplomates can maintain a record of CE hours by logging their CEU credits into the new ABOP CEU Journal in their on-line account at . Diplomates will be required to submit documentation of their fulfilment of the 100-hour requirement along with a $100.00 recertification fee when notified that their Diplomate status is due for recertification. Approximately 20% of the membership will be notified that they are due with the initial 5 year recertification period ending after December 31, 2018 and due by April 1, 2019. An additional 20% of the Diplomates will be notified each subsequent year until all the original members have been audited. Thereafter, the recertification process for all Diplomates will be repeated every 5 years.

  7. The due date will coincide with the date of the administration of the ABOP certification examination beginning with the 2018 certification examination testing cycle. If circumstances exist, whereby a Diplomate has trouble meeting these requirements, they may appeal to the Recertification Committee for a continuance. Failure to fulfill the 100-hour requirement, or submit the required CE documentation or to pay the $100.00 recertification fee to the Recertification Committee within 90 days of the due date will result in the Diplomate status being suspended. Diplomates can appeal to the Recertification Committee for reinstatement only after the deficiencies are corrected. If, after one year the requirements for recertification still have not been met, Diplomate status will be revoked. Once Diplomate status has been revoked, individuals who wish to be recertified will be required to successfully challenge the ABOP written examination before they can be reinstated as Diplomates in the ABOP. Diplomates who have been granted Life Membership status by the Board of Directors are exempt from these recertification requirements.

The ABOP strives to maintain the highest standards to assure that Diplomates are competent and qualified when Diplomate status is first achieved. That standard of competence must continue throughout the Diplomate’s professional career.

To submit your recertification information, please login to the ABOP Website and navigate to the Manage My Profile area and click the area titled Professional Development. When submitting your hours, make sure to select Diplomate as the Certification/Program.

You can also email proof of your hours directly to