Educational Resources

Serving the Public

The mission and values of the National Commission is to protect the public and the profession through objective and transparent review of the recognized specialty organizations, prospective specialty organizations and their respective certifying boards through:

  • Objectivity
  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Consistency
  • Professionalism
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Leadership 

To better assist the public and the profession, the National Commission has developed educational resources and series to help explain and illustrate the intricate policies and procedures adopted by the National Commission and specialty recognition. The series will include information and resources for these areas:

Recognized Specialty Sponsoring Organizations

At its March 28-29, 2022 meeting the Board of Commissioners adopted a staggered review cycle for the Periodic Review of Dental Specialty Education and practice starting in 2029 with three (3) sponsoring organizations completing the review, three (3) in 2030, three (3) in 2031 and three (3) in 2032. The following specialty sponsoring organizations will complete the Periodic Review in the following years:

American Academy of Oral Medicine
American Academy of Orofacial Pain
American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Association of Orthodontists
American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

American Academy of Periodontology
American Association of Endodontists
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
American Association of Public Health Dentistry
American College of Prosthodontists

Recognized Specialty Certifying Boards

Communities of Interest and the Public

Any questions related to dental licensure should be directed to

Applicants for Specialty and Certifying Board Recognition