Associate is the first Membership Tier of the Tier Advancement Program. All dentist members are Associates when they enter the IAO.
Active is the second Membership tier of the Tier Advancement Program. To apply for Active, members must submit a minimum of 150 hours of orthodontic or related education to Headquarters, the Active Tier Advancement Application and an application fee of US $30.00.
Fellow is the third Membership Tier of the Tier Advancement Program. Clinical case presentations are required for this Membership Tier. To apply for Fellow, applicants must submit the Fellow Tier Advancement Application, an application fee of US $45.00, and documentation for a minimum of 300 hours of CDE to Headquarters. Applicants are also required to present five (5) successful completed orthodontic cases to IAO Education Committee Examiners.
It is highly recommended that at least one (1) case be presented for examination to an IAO Education Committee Examiner for review and guidance, prior to completing the remaining four (4) cases for Fellow status. Contact Headquarters for further information or go to the IBO Diplomate page for case structure and requirements.
This board recognized status is given to the IAO Member who has submitted documentation for at least 500 CDE hours, has achieved all prior Membership Tiers, has passed the written examination for Diplomate Status, and has successfully presented 10 completed cases (five of which must be two years post active treatment). More information about case preparation for the exam, and other questions about the exam, and the application, can be found on the IBO Diplomate page.