Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Continuing Education Requirements

NBC believes in dental technicians keeping current in the advances that are occurring in the field of dental laboratory technology. Through continuing education courses, testing, instructing and bringing together leaders of innovation, we share our commitment to raising the standards and improving results for all professionals in the dental laboratory industry.

 

CDTs must accumulate 12 hours of continuing education credit during each one-year renewal cycle. Those requirements are:

 

hrs
1
One hour of documented Regulatory Standards
hrs
6
Six hours of documented Scientific credit
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5
Five hours of any combination of the following: additional documented Scientific or Regulatory Standards credits, Professional Development credits or other non-documented, self-reported credit.
Download the NBC Professional Development Log

Regulatory Standards

  • Online Infection Control Seminar - Visit www.nadl.org and click the certification link to register. 1 hour of regulatory standards credit awarded upon completion of the quiz.
  • Effective Infection Control DVD - Visit www.nadl.org and click the NADL store link, or call (800) 950-1150 to order. The DVD and an accompanying quiz will be shipped to you. 2 hours of regulatory standards credit awarded upon completion of the quiz.
  • NADL's Video on Demand Series - Visit www.nadl.org and click the NADL store link. There are several different videos available for varying type and amount of credit.

Scientific Credits

  • Wealth of Knowledge DVDs - These DVDs vary in length and topic. Each DVD offering scientific credit has an accompanying quiz. Visit www.nadl.org and click the NADL store link, or call (800) 950-1150 to order the DVDs.
  • JDT Articles and Quizzes - Visit www.jdtunbound.com to access articles and quizzes from the current year's JDT. 0.5 hour of scientific credit will be awarded upon completion of each quiz.
  • Online Continuing Education System - Visit www.dentallabfoundation.org to take any of the three online courses each worth 1.5 hours of scientific credit or use the CE Provider Search to locate courses near you.
  • NADL's Video on Demand Series - Visit www.nadl.org and click the NADL store link. There are several different videos available for varying type and amount of credit.

Professional Development

  • Professional development can be earned by reading dental technology articles, attending seminars or attending business classes. Download the Professional Development Form or login to MyNBC to submit your credits.

Documented Regulatory Standards Credit: at least 1 hour

Documented Regulatory Standards credits can be earned through instruction on any of the following topics: OSHA/Infection Control; QS/GMP (quality systems/good manufacturing processes); HIV/AIDS; Material Science; Ergonomics; HIPAA; Hazard Communication, Bloodborne Pathogen Standards, Emergency Action Plans, Respiratory Protection, Lockout/Tagout or PPE. Additional courses in this area may be counted towards the Professional Development credit requirement.

Download the Regulatory Standards Credit Breakdown

Documented Scientific Credit: at least 6 hours

Documented Scientific credits include scientific and technical courses or clinics. At least three hours of documented Scientific credits must be earned through attendance at NBC-approved courses. ADA CERP and AGD PACE approved scientific or technical courses are considered to be NBC-approved. Additional courses in this area may be counted towards the Professional Development credit requirement.

Professional Development Credit: up to 5 hours

Once the Scientific and Regulatory Standards credit requirements are fulfilled, the balance of the CDT continuing education requirements may be earned through documented or non-documented studies. Subjects that enhance performance or knowledge for your laboratory business or skills, but are not specifically scientific or technical in nature, qualify for Professional Development credit. This may be earned through attendance at non-approved or undocumented clinics, independent study of publications or videotapes, or other activities that can be identified as contributing to dental technology skill and knowledge. Topics can include a multitude of subjects. Some of the most common include:

  • Management and Finance
  • Communication Skills
  • Instructional Techniques

 

CDT's who wish to claim one hour of credit per hour of study in qualifying subjects may submit proof of participation from the program sponsor or a self-attestation requesting credit with a description of the program. If self-study is preferred, topics studied and materials used should be submitted to the NBC with a request for Professional Development credit hours.

 

Documentation of course completion accepted by the NBC

Listed below are forms of documentation accepted by the NBC for Scientific or Regulatory Standards credits.

    • Scan cards returned by providers from NBC-approved Courses (including ADA CERP and AGD PACE scientific or technical courses)
    • Signed and dated Certificate of Attendance from NBC-approved course providers (including ADA CERP and AGD PACE scientific or technical courses)
    • Signed and dated Letter of Attendance on company letterhead indicating speaker, topic, course date and total number of credit hours claimed
    • Provider-supplied verification of passed Quizzes from Technical Articles (1/2 credit hour per quiz passed)
    • Provider-supplied verification of passed Quizzes from Technical Education Videotapes/CDs from the Wealth of Knowledge (WOK) Videotape Library.

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