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. For more information, please contact your program director.



Application deadline:    Jan. 15, 2021

Program Information Form to be completed by program director or disingee

Resident/Student Exam Application to be completed by resident/student when student is paying exam fee

Resident/Student Exam Application – Fee Paid by Institution to be completed by resident.student when program is paying exam fee

Exam administration:     Feb. 22 – March 5, 2021

All students at your institution will take the exam on the same day. Please check with your postdoctoral program director to determine the exact day and time the exam will be administered at your institution.

Open book exams:          March 8, 2021


The In-Service Examination is an AAP member benefit with non-member premium pricing.

Student Member rate: $135

Non-Member rate: $275

Residents may become Student members by completing the Student Membership application. We suggest they become Student members by Jan. 4, 2021, so their membership can be processed prior to their examination application.

Apply to take the exam

Program Directors Only

Please complete the Program Information Form.

Student Exam Application

Please select the application that applies to you:

Institution Form (My school is paying for the exam)

Student Form (I will be paying for my own exam)


The Academy provides multiple study resources. Recommended study materials include current literature, past in-service examinations and other documents listed below.


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