Applying for the Oral Certifying Examination (OCE)

Once a Candidate has successfully completed his or her Qualifying Examination, they are eligible to begin their application for the Oral Certifying Examination. A Candidate has three consecutive years, following successful completion of the Qualifying Examination, in which he or she can take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination.

The ABOMS Administrative Office must receive the completed Oral Certifiying Examination application by a specified deadline. A Candidate who does not take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination, within the three-year period, must re-apply beginning with the Qualifying Examination. Individuals who are required to re-apply will regain “Candidate” status upon successfully completing the Qualifying Examination.

Application Requirements for the Oral Certifying Examination:

  • Application Fee of $450.00 USD (one-time fee)
  • Verification of Hospital Staff Appointment
  • Verification of Current Licensure
  • 2” x 2” Passport Photograph
  • Examination Fee of $2,850.00 USD
How to Apply for OCE

To learn more about the requirements for submitting an OCE application, download the 2019 Certification Handbook.

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Upcoming Exams

February, 2019

2019 Oral Certifying Examination

The second step to becoming a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is taking the Oral Certifying Examination. Once a Candidate has successfully completed his or her Qualifying Examination, he or she is eligible to begin their application for the Oral Certifying Examination (OCE). The OCE is an oral based examination designed to test a Board candidate’s clinically applicable knowledge and judgment. The examination is made up of three sections, each with four twelve-minute cases, for a total exam time of 144 minutes. A Candidate has three consecutive years following successful completion of the Qualifying Examination in which he or she can take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination. The ABOMS Administrative Office must receive the completed Oral Certification Examination application by a specified deadline. A Candidate who does not take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination within the three-year period must re-apply for Board certification. Individuals who are required to re-apply will regain “Candidate” status upon successfully completing the Qualifying Examination

Application Dates:
June 12, 2018 - September 6, 2018

Exam Dates:
February 4, 2019 - February 8, 2019


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