AF Part 1 (Written)

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Education Requirement

Applicants must be licensed dentists who have completed at least 300 hours of postdoctoral or continuing education in implant dentistry within the past twelve (12) years that included at least one course with a participatory format. For exam dates after September 1, 2019, 75 hours must be participatory format. The 300 hours must be divided between the sciences related to implant dentistry and clinical implantology.  

Graduation from a full time periodontal, oral and maxillofacial surgery, or prosthodontics program fulfills the educational requirement for either the Associate Fellow (300 hours) or Fellow (400 hours) examination.

Applicants who completed non-AAID courses must submit verification of attendance for each course listed on the application. An AGD transcript is acceptable as verification. Applicants who have completed an AAID MaxiCourse® must indicate the start and end dates of the program, name of the program, the non-AAID sponsoring organization, total number of hours, and MaxiCourse®  director's name. 

 Accepted subjects for Science

  • Anatomy

  • Bone Physiology

  • Dental Materials

  • Histology

  • Immunology

  • Internal Medicine

  • Pathology

  • Pharmacology

  • Radiology

 Accepted subjects for Clinical Implantology

  • Grafts

  • Occlusion

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Periodontics

  • Prosthetics

  • Implant Modalities including 

    Root- Form, Plate- Form, Subperiosteal, and Ramus Frame Implants

For exam dates after September 1, 2019:

Applicants must be licensed dentists who have completed at least 300 hours of postdoctoral or continuing education in implant dentistry within the past twelve (12) years that included at least 75 hours with a participatory format. 

PARTICIPATION/HANDS-ON COURSE: A presentation intended to teach a particular subject, technique or skill that actively involves the audience. Participants will actively manipulate dental materials and/or devices, or practice clinical skills or techniques under the live or electronically-mediated supervision of a qualified instructor. When live patient treatment is involved, live instructor direct supervision is required. The participation activities must represent a minimum of 30% of total course time, and must directly address the educational objectives of the course and be an extension and amplification of the lecture portion of the course. 

Applying for the Written Exam

Applications for Part 1 (written) of the examination and the $1,085 application fee must be received in the AAID Headquarters Office by the deadline specified for the examination that you wish to take.  The application fee is non-refundable.  All payments must be in U. S. dollars; make checks payable to the AAID.  

PART 1: Written Exam Application

Applications can be submitted by email to or by mail to American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611.  All payments must be in U. S. dollars; make checks payable to the AAID.  

Choosing Exam location and Type

The Written Exam can be taken in either a print (paper and pencil) or computer-based format. Both formats are available in the United States however only the computer-based format is available in other countries.  

Click here to see the examination schedule and application deadlines. 

For the print format, candidates take the examination in a traditional paper and pencil format on the date specified on the examination schedule.  Applications for print examinations  are due to the AAID Headquarters Office 30 days before the examination period. 

For the computer based format, candidates are sent a confirmation letter with instructions on how to schedule an examination appointment at their local Pearson Vue testing center during the examination period. Applications for the Pearson Vue testing dates are due to the AAID Headquarters three (3) months before the examination period to the AAID Headquarters Office. Registration at Pearson Vue testing centers opens two (2) months before the examination period.

Click here to locate a Pearson Vue test center in your area. 

What's on the Written Exam?

The written portion of the Associate Fellow examination includes 150 multiple-choice items. Each test item is a question, a statement or an incomplete statement followed by four possible answers. The candidate selects the best answer. A candidate’s score is based on the number of correct answers entered on his or her answer sheet. Four (4) hours are allotted for the written examination.

The 150 items on the examination are distributed among four categories. These categories, the percentage of items assigned to each category, and the topics within the categories are listed below.

Basic Science (20%)
  1. Anatomy
  2. Biomaterials
  3. Pharmacology
  4. Physiology
Implant Prosthetics (19%)
  1. Biomaterials
  2. Biomechanics
  3. Components
  4. Techniques
Diagnostic Examinations  (21%)
  1. Medical History and Tests
  2. Dental History and Oral Examinations
  3. Radiology
  4. Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Implant Surgery (40%) 
  1. Presurgical Considerations
  2. Endosseous Implants
  3. Surgical Techniques
  4. Augmentations and Membranes
  5. Postoperative and Maintenance Care
    1. Root Form Implants
    2. Other Implant Modalities: Blades, Subperiosteal, Transosteal, Ramus Frame
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