About the Australasian Orthodontic Board

Excellence, Education and Review

The Australian Orthodontic Board (AOB) was established by the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) at the 14th Australian Orthodontic Congress General Meeting in Adelaide on 21 September 1993. In 2006 the AOB was renamed the Australasian Orthodontic Board.

The AOB assists in the long-term development of educational and treatment standards within the discipline of orthodontics. The Board wishes to encourage wide participation.

The AOB Cert post nominal is awarded on certification and is only valid for actively certified members.


  •  To provide the incentive and means for full members of the ASO/NZAO to improve and develop their expertise during the period of active professional practice.
  •  To provide a cooperative environment of review which encourages participation of all members.
  •  To encourage excellence in the performance of postgraduate students in Australasian University Dental Schools through awards.
  •  To liaise with the Australasian University Dental Schools in developing teaching and research opportunities for teachers in orthodontics.

The Board emphasises continuing education and supports practitioners in their lifetime commitment to clinical excellence, knowledge acquisition and practice improvement.

The AOB process provides an opportunity for Members to undertake this responsibility with the help and recognition of their peers.

Participation will also provide clear evidence of that commitment to external agencies including registration boards, consumer groups and regulation bodies.

Dental Board of Australia Continuing Professional Development credits and the AOB:

  • 10 hours CPD credit can be claimed for AOB Stage 1 (submission of treatment plans)
  • 15 hours CPD credit can be claimed for AOB Stage 2 (submission of completed cases)
  •  5 hours CPD credit can be claimed for Assessors (per 2 cases). Additional points are awarded for Congress and FRE meeting assessors.

    Intending applicants should note the following points in relation to the AOB:
  • The AOB is primarily a mechanism which provides a pathway for continuing education for members of the ASO/NZAO.
  • The conditions for membership of the ASO/NZAO are not related to the activities of the AOB.
  • Specialist registration is not related to the activities of the AOB.
  • Participation in the activities of the AOB is a voluntary, self-initiated process aimed at continuing improvement of the standards of treatment by means of anonymous peer review.
  •  Assessment of the records of all applicants is made anonymously and, on a pass, or please amend assessment.


Last updated September 2023.