Associate Fellow (AF)

If you wish to substantiate your expertise in implant dentistry through a verifiable credentialing process, the Associate Fellow Membership is your next step.

Your Associate Fellow certificate lets your patients know that you are an experienced, credentialed implant professional. 


Are you ready to begin? 

To become an Associate Fellow you must meet the educational and experiential requirements and pass an examination. 

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√ Are you dedicated to providing the best possible dental implant treatment to your patients?

√ Experienced in surgical placement of dental implants and/or the replacement of teeth?

A Licensed dentist?

√ Completed at least 300 hours of postdoctoral or continuing education related to implant dentistry in the past 12 years?


The Examination Process:

The Associate Fellow membership examination has two parts. 

Part 1 (written) 

The Part 1 (written) examination is designed to assess knowledge of basic science, "entry-level" knowledge and understanding of implant dentistry principles, and the ability to apply these principles in a clinical situation.  Candidates have four hours to complete the 150 multiple-choice questions on the examination. The exam is given in two parts: 75 questions with an optional break and the immediate completion of the final 75 items. The Study Guide for Associate Fellow and Fellow Examinations includes a list of key words and subject areas that are likely be included on the examination.   

Part 1 of the examination is administered via computer. You will need to have an internet capable computer and a cellular device for the examination. Candidates will receive an email from the testing vendor and be able to schedule their exam 24 hours in advance. Please see the testing website for more information on the examination process. See the examination schedule for the dates, locations, and the deadlines by which the application and the $1,085 application fee are due.

Candidates for Associate Fellowship must pass Part 1, i.e., the written examination, before taking part 2, which is the oral/case examination.   

Those who have passed Part 1 (written) of the Associate Fellow examination have the option of taking the oral/case examination for either Associate Fellow or Fellow membership. Candidates who select the Fellow option must meet the educational, experiential, and professional and leadership requirements for Fellowship. Additionally, they must complete the oral/case examination successfully within four years after passing the Part 1 (written) examination and must be general members of the Academy in good standing.

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Part 2 (oral/case)

Part 2 is an oral examination. For the oral examination, candidates review a written description, a panograph, and a photograph for standardized cases and then respond to questions related to treatment.

The oral/case examination must be completed successfully within four years after passing the Part 1 (written) examination; and candidates for the oral/case examination must be general members of the Academy in good standing.

The oral/case part of the Associate Fellow examination is given in Chicago once a year, usually in late April or early May, and the application deadline each year is February 1.  

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Once elected:

√ Attend the next AAID Business Meeting to be inducted as an Associate Fellow.

√ Keep your membership in good standing