Steps of the Certification Process

 

        The Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry determines by examination the proficiency of Pediatric Dentists who apply for certification as Diplomates of the Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Eligible applicant MUST have completed an advanced specialty education program in Pediatric Dentistry, which has been approved by the PBPD, a minimum of 24 months full time academic study leading to an advanced degree in Pediatric Dentistry.

         Eligible candidates can become board certified through the voluntary examination process that involves four (4) phases:

•       Phase I: Validation of Credentials

•       Phase II: Qualifying Written Examination (QWE)

•       Phase III: Case Presentation (CP)

•       Phase IV: Clinical Oral Review Examination (CORE)

                  Upon completing Phase I (Validation of Credentials), an applicant has two (2) years to initiate Phase II (QWE) of the certification process.

         Phase II, III and IV must be taken in order. The Qualifying Written Examination must be successfully taken prior to the Case Presentation. The Case Presentation must be taken prior to the Clinical Oral Review Examination. An applicant must take the Qualifying Written Examination within 2 years of validation of credentials and application for the certification process.

         Upon sitting for the Qualifying Written Examination a candidate has six (6) years from the date of taking his first Qualifying Written Examination to complete the certification process and achieve Board Certification.

         Failure to achieve Board Certification within the six (6) year period will necessitate reinitiating the complete examination process (from Phase I to Phase IV).

         The PBPD will assume full responsibility for the conduct of its examination programs, including the determination of the methods to be used in identifying irregularities during the administration of the examinations.

          The PBPD assumes full responsibility for its decisions to withhold examination results when there is a reason to believe the answers of one or several candidates were not selected independently.

         The PBPD assumes full responsibility for failing candidates on the basis of similarities. The PBPD requires candidates to receive a passing grade on all sections of the examination.

Phase I – Validation of Credentials

The applicant MUST have completed an advanced specialty education program in Pediatric Dentistry, which has been approved by the PBPD, a minimum of 24 months full time academic study leading to an advanced degree in Pediatric Dentistry.

  1. The Applicant will have to check if one is educationally qualified to apply for the Certification Process.  Please refer to Educational Requirements in Becoming a Diplomate Section of the PBPD website.
  2. The Applicant will have to request for the Phase I documents from the PBPD Secretariat.
  3. The Applicant will submit complete documents and the corresponding application fee for Verification of Credentials to the Secretariat.  Incomplete submission will not be process and will be returned to the applicant.
  4. The Secretariat will inform you after 20 working days upon receiving back from College/University/Institution the completed “Verification of Program Completion” form, if you are eligible to take Phase II - Qualifying Written Examination.  It is best to send in your application before the October 15   deadline because the completed Verification of Program Completion from your Program must be received before passing Phase 1.  A letter will be sent that you have passed Phase I and are eligible to apply for Phase II - Qualifying Written Examination.
  5. Applicants are not considered to be in the certification process until they have taken the Qualifying Written Examination.
  6. Upon completing Phase One - Validation of Credentials, an applicant has 2 years to initiate the examination process.

Phase II – Qualifying Written Examination (QWE)

         The Qualifying Written Examination is intended to assess the Applicant’s understanding of the scientific and biological principles that support the practice of pediatric dentistry, as well as current literature relating to pediatric dentistry. The successful Applicant must demonstrate a well-rounded in-depth knowledge of pediatric dentistry. This examination is not intended to duplicate the clinical application of pediatric oral health care that will be tested during another component of the certification process, the Clinical Oral Review Examination (CORE).

  1. The Applicant will check the schedule days of the Qualifying Written Examination and determine when to take it.
  2. The Applicant will request for the Qualifying Written Examination Form from the Secretariat.
  3. The Applicant will submit the Qualifying Written Examination Form and proof of payment to the Secretariat and get a copy of the required Reading List.  The Candidate is not allowed to reproduce any part of the Reading List under any circumstances.  Violations will be dealt with according to PBPD rules.
  4. All applications must be received prior to November 15 to be considered for the Qualifying Written Examination scheduled every first and second Mondays of February of the following year.
  5. Upon receipt of the Qualifying Written Examination Form, the Secretariat will inform the applicant after 10 working days, the date of Phase II – Qualifying Written Examination.
  6. The applicant will sit for two Qualifying Written Examination days, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at a venue to be announced.
  7. Results will be released 30 days after the exam is given. The applicant will be informed by mail of the results of Phase II and if they are eligible to apply for Phase III-Case Presentation.

Phase III – Case Presentation (CP)

         The purpose of the Case Presentations is to assess the candidate's treatment planning ability and knowledge of various aspects of treatment. Comprehensive patient care must be documented.

  1. The Candidate will check the schedule of the Case Presentation and determine when to take it.
  2. The Candidate will request for the Case Presentation form together with the Case Presentation Handbook and Affidavits from the Secretariat.
  3. The Candidate will submit the Case Presentation Application Form and corresponding proof of payment fee to the Secretariat.
  4. All applications must be received on or before April 15 to be considered for the submission of the Case Presentation on June 15 of the same year. 
  5. Completed Case Presentation must be submitted on or before June 15 and will involve evaluation of the cases submitted and an oral examination to assess the candidate's treatment planning ability and knowledge of various aspects of treatment.
  6. Results will be released 30 days after the exam is given. The candidate will be informed by mail of the results of Phase III and if they are eligible to apply for Phase IV-Case and Oral Review Examination.

Phase IV – Case and Oral Review Examination (CORE)

         The purpose of the Clinical Oral Review Examination is to enable the candidate to demonstrate a high standard of diagnosis, treatment planning, and quality of care in selected cases.

  1. The Candidate will check the schedule of the Case and Oral Review Examination and determine when to take it.
  2. The Candidate will request for the Case and Oral Review Application Form from the Secretariat.
  3. The Candidate will submit the Case and Oral Review Application Form and corresponding proof of payment fee to the Secretariat.
  4. All applications must be received on or before August 15 to be considered for the Case and Oral Review Examination schedule on the 3rd Monday of November. 
  5. Upon receipt of the Case and Oral Review Application Form, the Secretariat will inform the applicant after 10 working days, the date of Phase II – Qualifying Written Examination.
  6. The candidate will sit for the Case and Oral Review Examination at a venue to be announced.
  7. Results will be released 30 days after the exam is given. The candidate will be informed by mail of the results of Phase IV Case and Oral Review Examination.

8.    After Board certification has been achieved, the Candidate will be awarded a ten-year time-limited Certificate of Diplomate of the Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Their status also changes from Candidate to Diplomate.

The candidate will be awarded the Certificate of Diplomate of the Philippine Board of Pediatric Dentistry upon successful completion of all four (4) phases of the certification process.

Renewal of Certification Examination (ROCE)

         Renewal of Certification Process (ROCP) is a four-part renewal of certification process every 10 years that assures the public of a Diplomates’ competency in the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry.

         ROCP is a continuous, rolling process-documenting achievement in four critical areas of Pediatric Dentistry. Completion of the four areas is required of all Diplomates

Part 1:            Professional Standing (Your unrestricted license to practice dentistry and the credentials survey)

Part 2:            A commitment to lifelong learning, continuing scholarship and improvement (Your dentistry knowledge is current because you engage in self-assessment and learning activities, e.g. Continuing Education)

Part 3:            Cognitive expertise measured by examination -(ROC examination)

Part 4:            Satisfactory performance in practice/continuous quality improvement (Your active involvement in measuring and improving the quality of patient care)

  1. Check the schedule of the Renewal of Certification Examination for the year.
  2. Request for the ROCE application form from the Secretariat.
  3. Submit ROCE application form and corresponding fee to the Secretariat.
  4. All applications must be received on or before November 1 to be considered for the next Renewal of Certification Examination in Feb of the next year. 
  5. After 10 working days, a letter will be sent with the date of the ROCE.
  6. Sit for the ROCE and results will be released 30 days after the exam is given.  A letter will be sent that you have passed ROCE.

Maintaining Candidate Status

  1. To maintain Candidate status, you have to annually file an Annual Credentials Survey – Candidates and pay the maintenance fee to the Secretariat by November 30 of the calendar year.
  2. Failure to pay the fee results in loss of Candidate status.  Candidate status can be regained by completion of reactivation application and payment of delinquent fees.
  3. The Candidate is given 6 years to complete the Certification Process from the time he/she takes the Qualifying Written Examination.
  4. The Candidate is not considered a Diplomate until he/she has finished all the phases of the Certification Process.

Maintaining Diplomate Status

  1. To maintain Diplomate status, Diplomates must complete the Annual Diplomate Renewal Process.  It includes filing the Annual Credentials Survey – Diplomate, submit Continuing Education seminars attended complete the CQI module and pay the Diplomate maintenance fee with proof of payment emailed to the Secretariat by November 30 every year.
  2. Diplomates will be notified by the PBPD secretariat only during their ninth year that they must complete the ROC prior to the termination of their ten-year, time-limited certificate.