Diplomate Examination: Appeal Process

A candidate may appeal a negative determination (i.e., rejection of prerequisites or failure of the written or oral examination) by submitting a written explanation of the reason for refuting the determination along with a nonrefundable appeal fee of $250.

This appeal must be made within 30 days of the date of the notification letter, and all materials must be submitted in writing to the American Board of Craniofacial Pain (12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130, Reston, VA 20190).

All appeals will be carefully reviewed, and a final decision will be made by the ABCP Board of Directors with input from the Examination Committee when deemed necessary by the Board.

The decision by the ABCP Board of Directors will be communicated to the candidate in writing, and shall be considered final.


  • Dentists who have taken the written examination unsuccessfully may retake the examination upon reapplication.

  • Dentists who have previously taken the oral examination unsuccessfully may retake the oral examination upon reapplication. After two attempts resulting in unsuccessful completion of the oral examination, candidates will be required to retake the written examination.