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Pilot Testing Offered at LMT Chicago LabDay!!!

Posted on January 23, 2020

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is working to ensure that its written examination item banks are relevant and well maintained. As such, NBC is validating questions in the item banks. We have written and reviewed questions from various subject matter experts in the field. The next step in the process entails pilot testing, also known as data gathering. This process allows the NBC and our testing company partner to identify specific data that is necessary for determining test validity (are we testing what we say we are testing) and reliability (how accurate is the test). 

NBC will be offering three pilot testing sessions on Friday, February 21, 2020 at LMT Chicago Lab Day between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:30 pm. Pilot tests will be offered at 9:00 am, 11:00 am or 1:00 pm. Participants are required to sign up for a specific time slot as we are limited to only 32 participants at each session. Pilot tests will be delivered via computer-based testing and thus candidates will be required to bring a laptop computer or a tablet in order to be able to complete the pilot tests.

Click HERE to Complete an Application

The pilot test will contain between 90 and 100 questions covering general knowledge, crown and bridge, ceramics and implants and candidates will be given up to 1 and ½ hours to complete the pilot test. There is no charge to take the pilot tests. Current CDTs/RGs will receive 1.5 hours of Documented Scientific credit for each pilot test completed. Additionally, for candidates interested in becoming a CDT or RG, these pilot tests will provide an opportunity to practice for your upcoming written examinations. Additional information and frequently asked questions are available at http://nbccert.org?7rtm7y.

If you are attending LMT Chicago LabDay and would like to sign up to take the Pilot Exams, you can complete an application at http://nbccert.org?zhctqa. Please feel free to contact NBC with any questions at (800) 684-5310 or by email at certification@nbccert.org

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Call for 2021 NBC Board of Trustees Candidates

Posted on January 02, 2020

Call for 2021 NBC Board of Trustees Candidates

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is seeking individuals to fill open seats on the 2021 NBC Board of Trustees. New board members will be elected, or appointed, in the fall of 2020 and will take office on Jan. 1, 2021.

The boards guide the organization through proven leadership, a shared vision and support for the missions of the association. If you enjoy collaborating with other professionals and have a desire to give back to your profession, we want you!

Qualities of an Effective Board of Trustees Member

  • Serving as an association leader is both an honor and a reward. It requires a proven commitment to the organization and its missions and goals.
  • Participating fully in association activities requires extra time and expense for attending meetings.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to communicate are essential to effective teamwork.
  • An effective board member brings their expertise and experience to provide value, but such experience and expertise should not drive the policy-making process.
  • Intuitive and interpretive skills enable leaders to understand the people around them, internalize the data they receive, recognize the relationships that exist between systems within their world and integrate all these elements into a coherent whole.
  • Focusing on policy-making, not the day-to-day operations of the organization is what makes an effective board.

To view eligibility requirements for board service, or to download an application please click here. Candidates interested in serving will be required to read and sign a board application in order to be considered for board service.

Click Here to Download the 2021 NBC Board of Trustees Information and Application

Contact Deborah Caldwell at dcaldwell@nbccert.org or by phone at (800) 684-5310 with any questions. A short candidate biography and digital headshot should be submitted with the completed form. All applications must be emailed by 12:00 pm EST on Friday, March 27, 2020 to dcaldwell@nbccert.org. No late submissions will be considered.

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2020 NBC CDT Fest

Posted on January 01, 2020

2020 NBC CDT Fest
February 21, 2020 l 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CST l Hyatt Regency Chicago

Join the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) as we host our third annual Certified Dental Technician (CDT) appreciation event, in conjunction with LMT Lab Day Chicago. The past two years went above and beyond expectations, with the 2019 event bringing in approximately 275 attendees, 31 sponsors, a handful of other contributors, and a photo booth and scavenger hunt to enhance the networking experience. The event will aim to build CDT pride and foster connections in the dental laboratory profession. With your help, we hope to put on a great networking event for Recognized Graduates (RGs), CDTs, Certified Dental Laboratories (CDLs), and dental laboratory technology professionals interested in becoming certified. ALL ARE WELCOME!

This event is free of charge, but space is limited. RSVP at http://NBCCERT.org/?yinw7k to secure your spot!

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? The NBC is dedicated to administering and promoting globally recognized certification programs to assess the knowledge and skills of dental technicians and to review facility and staff training criteria for dental laboratories. Help us to advance the profession by advocating for and raising awareness of the importance and necessity of certification and standards within the profession.

Click Here to Become a Sponsor or Make a General Donation

Choose any of our sponsorship options to boost positive exposure for your company or individual name, while supporting certification and standards, and building connections all at the same time!

Sponsorship opportunities include:
• Master CDT Level Sponsor – $750.00
• CDT Level Sponsor – $500.00    
• RG Level Sponsor – $250.00
• General Donation

For a breakdown of each sponsorship level, please visit www.nbccert.org?td5ita for the online form or www.nbccert.org/?f619ed for the printable form.


Questions? Contact Deborah Caldwell, NBC Program Manager, at (800) 684-5310 or dcaldwell@nbccert.org.


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Notice of Approved Changes for NBC CDL Program

Posted on November 21, 2019

Notice of Approved Changes for NBC CDL Program

We wanted to inform you of a recent update made to the NBC CDL Program. Over the last year, the NBC Trust has been reviewing the CDL Program Standards with the goal of reducing some of the barriers to achieve and maintain the CDL credential and aligning the CDL standards better with industry standards all while upholding the integrity of the CDL credential. In 2018, NBC announced CDL standard changes to the specialty specific photographic documentation, personnel requirement and specialty recognition.

At its August 2019 meeting, the NBC Trust directed that the following proposed revisions to the CDL standards be distributed to the communities of interest for review and comment, with all comments due October 18, 2019 for consideration at its next NBC Trust meeting.

Currently, NBC requires all Certified Dental Laboratories to revalidate every five years as a means of demonstrating continued compliance with its standards. In addition to this 5-year revalidation requirement, revalidation shall be mandatory upon the relocation or substantial reconstruction or alteration of a Certified Dental Laboratory; and it shall be incumbent upon the laboratory to notify the Board, upon annual renewal, of significant physical changes in its facility.

The NBC Trust has discussed the possibility of discontinuing the 5-year revalidation requirement as part of the CDL certification. With this potential change, CDLs will still be required to complete an annual renewal application verifying continued compliance with CDL standards.

Revalidation will still be mandatory upon the relocation or substantial reconstruction or alteration of a Certified Dental Laboratory; and it will still be incumbent upon the laboratory to notify the Board, upon annual renewal, of significant physical changes in its facility. New laboratories will still adhere to the current standards in place by submitting written and photographic documentation as part of the application process.

The NBC Trust requested that all active CDLs and NADL members review the proposed standard change above and submit to the Board written comments, data, views or arguments in support or opposition to these changes by October 20, 2019.

After the comments were collected and presented to the Board during the October board meeting, the comments were discussed and voted on. The Board voted to accept the proposed changes and have them go into effect with the December 31, 2019 CDL renewal period.

Thank you for your support of certification and standards and your commitment to maintaining your CDL certification. If you have any questions regarding the updated standards or the updated renewal application, please feel free to reach out to Justin Mischler at (800) 684-5310 or by email at jmischler@nbccert.org.

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National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology Announces Updated Certified Dental Technician Logo

Posted on June 21, 2019

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is pleased to announce an update to their Certified Dental Technician (CDT) logo.

In 2018 the NBC Board of Trustees began exploring logo changes for its CDT credential with a goal of refreshing the logo, while still maintaining its integrity. At last year’s CDT Fest, held in conjunction with LMT Lab Day in Chicago, NBC presented several logo options and asked attendees to pick their favorite.  NBC then sent the top designs out to the entire CDT community for a final vote.
NBC is excited to share the new, refreshed logo as voted on by the CDT community.
(From left to right: Previous CDT Logo and Updated CDT Logo) 
“Change is inevitable and we must continue to adapt in order to stay relevant,” said NBC Chair, Morris Fucarino, CDT.  “This is why NBC overhauled the exams in 2017, launched computer-based testing and a mentorship program in 2018, refreshed the CDT logo in 2019 and is exploring changes that will streamline the testing process and allow for digital technologies in the practical examination. We are proud to unveil the new CDT logo that received the greatest number of votes from our CDT community.”
The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology is the independent board founded by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL). It was formed in 1955 as an independent certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of dental laboratory technology through voluntary testing and certification of dental laboratories and technicians. In 2019, the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) will be celebrating 60 years of working to enhance certification and standards within dental laboratory technology.
The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology provides professional certification to both dental technicians and dental laboratories. NBC is dedicated to administering and promoting globally recognized certification programs to assess the knowledge and skills of dental technicians and to review facility and staff training criteria for dental laboratories.
For more information about NBC, please contact the NBC Office at (800) 684-5310.

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NBC Announces Transition to Computer-Based Testing for the Written Examinations

Posted on June 11, 2019

NBC Announces Transition to Computer-Based Testing for the Written Examinations

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is excited to announce that it will transition its written examinations entirely to computer-based testing with remote proctoring beginning January 1, 2020. This decision comes exactly one year after announcing that it would be offering its paper-based written examinations in this new computer-based testing with remote proctoring format in an effort to increase accessibility to its candidates.
“We have had such a positive response to the new computer-based testing option since its launch back in July 2018,” said NBC Chair Morris Fucarino, CDT. “Computer-based testing with remote proctoring presents a great opportunity for candidates to complete their CDT or RG written examinations online at a location, date and time of their choosing.”
NBC is continuing its partnership with Assessment Systems Corporation to offer the CDT and RG written examinations online using a third-party remote proctor. It will also continue to offer its current paper-based format at volunteer locations until the end of 2019 as long as there are at least 5 candidates at that location. “With paper-based testing, candidates had to rely on volunteer host sites to be able to schedule a written examination and that significantly limited people’s opportunity to test,” said NBC Vice Chair, Dennis Urban, CDT. “With computer-based testing, someone can test 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
There will be certain rules with computer-based testing to ensure the integrity of the process. For example, test takers will be required to select a 30-day testing window during which time they must schedule and complete their examination. Additionally, test takers will be required to test in a private location and no recording devices or test related materials may be on the desk or within reach of the test taker. Test takers must also have a computer available with a webcam, speakers, microphone and internet access to be able to communicate with the remote online proctor. Most importantly, test takers will be required to complete a series of security protocols before, during and after the examination.
“We knew when we launched computer-based testing that it was with the intent that we would consider phasing out traditional paper-based testing at some point in time,” said NBC Secretary/Fiscal Officer Mark Stueck, CDT. “Since the computer-based option offers a greater accessibility without compromising the security and integrity of the examinations, it was a unanimous decision to move in that direction. We are excited to continue to evolve as an organization and remove some of the barriers to becoming a CDT, while still upholding the Certified Dental Technician credential.”
The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology was formed in 1955 as an independent certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of dental laboratory technology through voluntary testing and certification of dental laboratories and technicians. This is the only voluntary certification program for dental laboratory technicians recognized by the American Dental Association.
For additional information on becoming a CDT and the new computer-based testing option for the written examinations, please visit https://nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician/cdt-application.cfm or contact NBC by email at certification@nbccert.org or by phone at (800) 684-5310.

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Washington State – Dental Lab Standards Bill Implements ADA Policy

Posted on June 01, 2019

While dental laboratory groups in several other states are interested in adopting basic standards for dental laboratories, Washington State is currently the most recent state to implement the ADA policy on dental laboratories by adopting minimum standards for dental laboratories.    

The Washington State Dental Laboratory Association (WSDLA), in close cooperation with the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA), have passed a bill through the state legislature that implements ADA policy on dental laboratory registration and disclosure.

WSDLA leaders Matt Chapman, CDT, Wes Brandon, CDT, Bob Lathrop, CDT and NADL staff started in earnest back in late 2016 by setting up an initial meeting with WSDA President Dr. Gregory Ogata, WSDA Executive Director Bracken Killpack and other WSDA leaders and staff.

Matt Chapman, 2017 WSDLA President, remembers his first visit to the state Capitol in Olympia.   "The first thing lawmakers asked was if we had an association for our profession in this state, and if the membership was in favor of the proposed bill,” said Chapman. “Then the conversation quickly turned to educating the legislators about the state of our industry."

The legislation was initially introduced in 2017 and WSDLA hired a lobbying firm, Phillips Burgess Government Relations, LLC, to assist with the process and help educate legislators on the importance of this issue. 
“You can never fully anticipate the challenges in any legislative effort, but Matt and Eric had done a great job of enlisting support from the Washington State Dental Association and the Department of Health, and with our strong set of bi-partisan Legislative sponsors in 2017 we felt confident that we could accomplish our goal, said Brad Tower, managing partner at Phillips Burgess Government Relations. “Persistence paid off, and we successfully addressed all of the concerns that were raised by various stakeholders, leading to unanimous support in both the House and Senate in 2019.”

It took three legislative sessions starting in 2017.  In this case, however, the third time was the charm to finally get the dental laboratory registration and disclosure bill passed.

“Washington State is extremely proud of the passage of this bill, and what it means for our industry and dental patients in the State, said Megan Nakanishi, current WSDLA president. “The goal of this legislative endeavor was to increase our professionalism and to improve dentist-laboratory communication as we strive to provide the best restorations for patients in the Pacific Northwest.  We believe this new law is setting us on the exact right track, and we are grateful for the tremendous support we received from our membership, the WSDA and the NADL.”


On April 19, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed the WSDLA Dental Laboratory Registration Bill into law.

Board Member Robert Criss, CDT from Bates Technical College Dental Lab Program
along with some of his dental technology students witness this important event.

The Bill:

Initially the new dental laboratory law has four primary requirements.  All dental labs servicing dentists in the State of Washington will be required to:


  1. Register with the Department of Health beginning in 2020
  2. Disclose to the dentist what materials are in each device.
  3. Disclose to the dentist the city, state and country where the device was made.
  4. Have the owner or at least one employee complete 12-hours of continuing education annually or be a Certified Dental Technician beginning in 2021. 


Beginning January 31, 2025 each dental laboratory must be owned by or have at least one employee who is a Certified Dental Technician.

What’s next:

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is just in the initial stages of the implementation of the new dental laboratory law and getting ready for the rule-making process to implement registration and the other provision of the act. During the next several months DOH will go through rule adoption process, develop a registration form, set a registration fee, and may possibly develop sample point of origin and materials content disclosure forms.
As the new act is implemented and rules are adopted WSDLA will be meeting with the Department of Health. When the state promulgates registration materials the WSDLA is planning to develop a Washington Dental Laboratory Registration Guide. NADL will be following the implementation developments in Washington closely as well.


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