NBC Continuing Education Providers

CE Provider Approval Process

Thank you for supporting the mission of the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology by helping dental technicians to demonstrate their personal commitment to maintaining the highest standards in dental technology.

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is continuously looking for ways to improve our Continuing Education program as well increase Continuing Education offerings to Certified Dental Technicians (CDTs). CDTs are required to earn and maintain annual CE hours, to stay up to date on current dental laboratory regulations as well as technical continuing education.

We would like to extend an invitation to participate in our Approved Continuing Education Program, in which you will be able to register your course with the NBC and expand your reach and open your doors.

If you are interested in providing an NBC-approved course, please review our FAQs located on this page. To get the process started you need to complete the NBC Course Approval Request Form and we'll do the rest. Each application requires the course title and a description of content. An outline of the class content is much appreciated, and may be requested if sufficient information is not included on the application. If we need additional information (such as a biography or course outline), we will contact you.

FAQs About Our Approval Process

In addition to being recognized by your peers as an authority on your field, NBC recognizes that speakers are an important component of NBC approved continuing education. We recognize the hours of time that you spend developing and presenting the courses. To reward your hard work, NBC offers double-credit to speakers who are RGs or CDTs for each of the courses that they teach. To ensure these double credits are added to your account, please complete two scan cards following each course and forward them to NBC with the attendees scan cards.

Anyone who is a current CDT, RG, DMD, DDS, an approved "foreign-credentialed" laboratory technician (i.e. RDT, MDT, etc.), or who can document completion of a post-secondary education in a dental-related topic (usually through a biography, summary CV or diploma) is welcome to present Scientific, Professional Development or Regulatory Standards courses.

Any instructors who wish to present only Professional Development courses may do so on request in their area of expertise. If a course is technical in nature but the speaker(s) do not meet our credential requirements, the course will only be approved for Professional Development credits.

If multiple speakers will be presenting the same course (content, title, length), all speaker names must be submitted with your approval request. All speaker credentials will be verified and the course approval will be recorded under the name of the first speaker when listed alphabetically.

Current CDTs and NADL members are entitled to a discounted rate of NBC course approvals. All others must pay the full amount per course. A rush fee of $25.00 is assessed if a request form is received within ten business days of the program date.

-Single Date courses: Full Price- $50 per course approval. A discounted rate of $25 is offered for courses in which the speaker is a CDT/RG/member of NADL or where the sponsoring organization is a member of NADL. Single date approvals can only be offered once, on the date approved.

-Multi-Date courses: Full Price- $94 per course approval. A discounted rate of $47 is offered for courses in which the speaker is a CDT/RG/member of NADL or where the sponsoring organization is a member of NADL. Multi-date approvals can be offered several times throughout the approval year providing the course has remained the same.

-Qualified Educational Provider Course Registration: (a "Qualified Educational Provider" is a non-profit group formed for the express purpose of providing education within dentistry) $26 per course with a 50% discount for NADL Component members in good standing = $13 per course

-Qualified CE Provider Registration: Full Price- $3,250. A discounted rate of $1,625 is offered for courses in which the sponsoring organization is a member of NADL. This is for any company who wishes to apply to provide courses on an ongoing basis and would prefer to pay an annual flat fee. This will include up to 200 course approvals annually, including multi-date courses.
Register to be a 2017 Qualified CE Provider

  • Regulatory Standards (used to be OSHA/Infection Control) Regulatory Standards courses provide instruction in quality, safety and workplace health issues. Topics may include Quality System/Good Manufacturing Practices (QS/GMP), HIV/AIDS, HIPAA, Hazard Communication, Bloodborne Pathogen Standards, Emergency Action Plans, Lockout/Tagout, Respiratory Protection, Ergonomics and Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Scientific/Technical - Commonly referred to as "Scientific" courses, these courses provide instruction of a scientific or technical nature that are specific to the practice of dental technology.
  • Professional Development - Professional Development courses are those that enhance the professional skills of the technician, laboratory supervisor or manager. Topics could include business management, speaking or writing, data processing, marketing and many others.

Course providers are responsible for ensuring that CDT/RG attendance is recorded and must provide a Certificate of Attendance upon completion (sample to be provided by NBC). Providers can select to report credits through printed Scan Cards or electronically through the NBC CE Reporting Spreadsheet and must send this information to NBC within 10 business days from the course.

Course credit will be automatically generated by the return of the documentation. Attendees should be able to see their credit in the online tracking system 4-6 weeks after receipt. We recommend that you keep a copy of the roster or sign in sheet for your records.

Courses presented in a published form, including webinars, pod-casts, magazines, and others, may be approved by the NBC. Approvals are issued just like traditional approvals, but the sponsor must provide documentation for how participants will be monitored (i.e. course benchmarks, quizzes, etc.).

The 12 annually required CE include 1 Regulatory Standards credit, 6 Scientific/Technical credits (at least 3 of which must be approved by the ADA, the AGD and/or the NBC) and 5 additional credits which may consist of Professional Development, extra Regulatory Standards or extra Scientific/Technical credits (formal pre-approvals are not necessary for these additional credits).

NBC will process your approval application as quickly as possible. However, due to seasonal 'surges' and the possibility of unforeseen difficulties, NBC requests that applications be submitted at least 30 days prior to the program date, or as soon as you know a course is being offered.

If not received within ten business days of the program date, a rush fee of $25.00 will be assessed. If expedited shipping is required for Scan Cards due to a late application, an additional charge may apply. Approvals usually take about ten business days.

No! If you will be teaching the same course (same content, title, instructor and duration) at different times or locations, only one application need be used and NBC would grant a multi-date approval. With these approvals, only one Course Number will be assigned for use with all of those courses during a calendar year. If the course varies at all (a different speaker presents or the course is 30 minutes longer) a separate course approval will need to be submitted.

Course approvals are only valid for one calendar year. Regardless of when it was approved, it is only applicable through December 31st of that year. Starting in October, you can start applying for your next year's renewal.

Do you have a last-minute change in your CE NBC Approved Course? Did a class get cancelled? Did a speaker fall ill?

We hope any changes are non-emergent in nature, but sometimes unexpected circumstances can result in program changes. Don't worry!

Please notify NBC of any errors or changes necessary as soon as possible. Last minutes changes, such as cancellations, should be reported to NBC as soon as feasible.

  • Send an Email
  • Call us at (800) 684-5310 with the changes as soon as you can so that the course records can be adjusted accordingly.


Be sure to reference your course approval number when contacting NBC.

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