In-Service Examination

The Academy offers the in-service examination to periodontal programs across North America, so that programs directors and students can evaluate their overall learning acquisition and content-based strengths and developmental areas. The Academy relies on a cadre of highly qualified academicians and researchers to develop the examination content.

The in-service examination is administered annually each spring. The 2018 application submission process will begin in January 2018. For more information, please contact your program director.

2018 Examination Schedule and Application

Jan. 18, 2018 Applications and fees due to AAP – Deadline for residents/students to submit exam application and fees. 2018 Inservice Application Form

Deadline for program directors or designee to submit Program Information Form.

Feb. 26 – Mar. 9, 2018 Examination administered by programs. Check with your postdoctoral program director to determine the exact day and time that the exam will be administered at your institution.


AAP Student Member rate: $135

Non-member rate: $245

Residents/students who are non-members and wish to become members must complete the membership application and pay dues before submitting the in-service exam application. We suggest they become student members by January 2, 2018, so their membership can be processed prior to their examination application.


In-Service Examination Refund Policy

To receive a full or partial refund, the Academy must receive a letter from the student’s postdoctoral director on school letterhead verifying that the student is unable to take the In-Service Exam by the dates listed below.

January 31, 2018: Last day to receive full refund.

February 5, 2018: Last day to receive a 50% refund.

After February 5, 2018: No refunds will be provided.


Studying for the Examination

The Academy provides multiple study resources. Recommended study materials include current literature, past in-service examinations and other documents listed below. The symbol indicates a member only resource.

For More Information

If you have questions about the in-service examination, contact Tameisha Williams at or 800-282-4867.


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