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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 [email protected] 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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2019 NADL Road Show - Three Cities, Same Continuing Education

Posted on May 31, 2019

2019 NADL Road Show

   June 21, 2019 ǀ Lakewood, Colorado - Meeting held at Peebles Prosthetics, Inc.
   September 20, 2019 ǀ Columbus, Ohio - Meeting held at Oak Leaf Dental Technology Center*
   November 1, 2019 ǀ Andover, Massachusetts - Meeting held at Straumann
          *limited seating for this location

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Introductions and NADL Working for You
Speaker: Travis Zick
(1/2 hour CDT professional development credit)

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Chairside Services and Digital Dentures as a Niche for Growth
Speaker: David Avery, CDT, TE
(2 hours CDT scientific credit)

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Networking Lunch

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Financial Management 101 for Digital Lab Workflow
Speaker: Travis Zick
(2 hours CDT professional development credit)

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. State Legislative/Regulatory Update and Food and Drug Administration Inspection Trends
Speakers: Eric Thorn, Esq. and Bennett Napier, CAE
(1 hour CDT regulatory standards credit)

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. NBC and FDLT Update
Speakers: Travis Zick and David Avery, CDT, TE
(1/2 hour CDT professional development credit)

Note: Andover, MA location will vary slightly to allow time for a tour of the host Straumann facility.

Contact: Deborah Caldwell
Phone: (800) 950-1150
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.nadl.org
 

Registration Information

NADL members will receive a discounted rate of $175 for the first attendee, and $125 for each additional attendee. The cost to register for a non-member is $275. This fee includes the full day of continuing education, a catered lunch, and refreshments. Download and complete the registration form at http://nadl.org?dqmrn8. Registration is also available online at http://nadl.org?zh5fem.


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National Dental Laboratory Associations Celebrate June as Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month

Posted on April 17, 2019

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2019          
 
Contact:
Meghan Brasher
National Association of Dental Laboratories
National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology                 
[email protected]     
(800) 950-1150                 
                                                          

National Dental Laboratory Associations Celebrate June as Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month

Tallahassee, Fla. – The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) and the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) celebrate June as Dental Technician and Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Appreciation Month.

Dental technicians bring considerable experience and subject matter expertise in the areas of dental materials, technology utilization, shade verification and restorative dentistry. Although generally operating behind the scenes of the oral health team, dental technicians are a crucial part of ensuring delivery of quality dental care.

 “Dental technicians perform an incredible service in our mission to assist our dentists and clients in effectively treating patients in need,” shared Travis Zick, 2019 NADL President “Technicians who take the initiative to earn their CDT designation demonstrate a higher level of commitment and pride in our profession.  Having the CDT designation also shows their peers, and clients, that they have a proven knowledge and understanding of dental laboratory fundamentals.  We encourage all of our technicians to pursue their CDT if they intend to pursue a career in dental technology.”

NADL seeks to inform dentists and patients of the important role of the dental laboratory technician and dental laboratory through its What’s In Your Mouth campaign. In the U.S., most states set no minimum standards for persons to be employed as dental technicians. In fact, only four states in the U.S. require either certification or continuing education for dental technicians.

“Being a Certified Dental Technician means that I challenged myself to achieve this recognition and I continue to maintain a high standard of excellence in my profession,” said 2019 NBC Chair, Morris Fucarino, CDT. “I am proud to be a CDT and have a great admiration for those who have and continue to challenge themselves in pursuing and maintaining the CDT designation. It is important for our profession to have a standard of excellence and certification can serve as a demonstration of knowledge and skill in our field.”

The NBC is 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.

The CDT designation demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and applied skills needed in dental technology. It illustrates a technician's commitment to the field of dental technology and demonstrates their knowledge in six specialty areas: ceramics, complete dentures, crown and bridge, orthodontics, partial dentures and implants.

NADL is the unified voice of the dental laboratory industry supporting dentistry and serving the public interest by promoting high standards. NADL accomplishes this by providing programs, services and networking opportunities to meet the evolving technical, educational, professional and business needs of dental laboratories.

The month of June is dedicated to dental technicians and Certified Dental Technicians. Help spread the word on Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month by liking and following the NADL and NBC Facebook pages and by sharing our posts. Feel free to post on your own social media pages and be sure to tag NADL or NBC. 

Please contact Meghan Brasher at (800) 950-1150 or [email protected]

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Mark Williamson, CDT named 2019 CDT of the Year

Posted on January 24, 2019

Mark Williamson, CDT named 2019 CDT of the Year

 

 Mark Williamson, CDT has worked in the dental laboratory profession for over 37 years. He   currently holds the position of Senior Technical Manager at Ottawa Dental Laboratory, LLC   where he specializes in Removable and Implants. Mark began his career in dental laboratory   technology starting in 1981 working at Bush Dental Laboratory and has continued his   advancement with numerous educational courses, certifications and credentials - some of   which  include: Kois Center Graduate- Recognized Specialist, BDT Technique- Masters Course,   and PTC Training.      

 Mark has remained actively involved in the dental community by mentoring others to earn and   maintain their Certified Dental Technician designation, by advocating that Ottawa Dental   Laboratory hosts the written and practical exams annually, and by being a frequent lecturer –   sharing his knowledge with others in the profession. He also has been on the board of many   associations including being President of the Illinois Dental Laboratory Association, President of   the Marvin Healy Study Club in the greater Chicago area, and Founder and President of The   Chicago Dental Technicians Study (CDTS) Group. Mark is also a member of the Dental Technicians Guild and the Inside Dental Technology Editorial Board.

In his free time, Mark is an active member and frequent volunteer for St. Patrick’s Parrish in Seneca, IL, a participant with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria, IL, and an active donor and volunteer for the United Way of LaSalle County, IL. He also has spent many hours volunteering for Mission of Mercy through the Illinois State Dental Society.

“Mark is a great technician, a leader and mentor!” – Dan Elfring, Master CDT, TE, Pickle Prosthodontics

 

Congratulations Mark Williamson, CDT, Our 2019 CDT of the Year!

 

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NBC Announces CDL Standard Changes

Posted on August 17, 2018

News Release

Contact:   Justin Mischler
Address:  National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology       
                  325 John Knox Road, Suite L103                     
                  Tallahassee, Florida 32303                     
Email:       jmischler@nbccert.org
Phone:     (800) 684-5310  
Fax:          (850) 222-0053

August 17, 2018
For Immediate Release

NBC Announces CDL Standard Changes

Tallahassee, Florida: The NBC Trust reviewed the CDL Program in detail at the April 2017 in person meeting and identified several potential changes to the CDL program.  From this meeting, a Task Force was developed to further discuss the potential changes and bring forward recommended changes to the NBC Trust.

Since establishing the Task Force, there have been a series of conference calls as well as a survey of current CDLs and a survey of non-certified dental laboratories to help determine recommendations for next steps.

In December 2017, the Task Force presented draft recommendations to the Trust for consideration to ensure they were on the right track with their suggested changes.

At its April 2018 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 June 14, 2018 for consideration at the June 2018 NBC Trust meeting.

Following the comment due date June 14, 2018, the NBC Trust voted to pass all standard changes as they were during their June 2018 meeting. Please see the table below for more information on the updated standards.

 

Area

Previous Standard

Updated Standard

 

Specialty Specific Photographic Documentation

CDLs must illustrate that specialty-specific facility standards have been met. This is accomplished through photographs that illustrate acceptable technical resources (well maintained and functional) in their respective specialty areas.

NBC will no longer require additional specialty specific photographic documentation for CDLs. 

 

Photographic documentation is still be necessary for general facility and equipment requirements as outlined in the NBC materials.

 

CDL Designation and

Specialty Recognition

 

 

Certification shall be offered in each or any of the following specialty areas:  Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures, Crown & Bridge, Ceramics and Orthodontics. A laboratory may apply for certification in any or all specialties offered by, and performed in, the physical facility applying for certification.

 

NBC will offer a universal CDL certification with same requirements for all. CDLs can still receive recognition in a given specialty area if they meet the Personnel Requirement within a specialty area as follows:

 

In each specialty for which recognition is requested, all work must be done in cooperation with a Certified Dental Technician(s) holding current certification in that specialty. Each CDT must facilitate the technical work of not more than fifteen (15) non-certified technicians employed in the respective specialty.

 

NBC is adding Implants as a specialty area within the CDL program.

Personnel Requirement

Each CDT must facilitate the technical work of not more than fifteen (15) non-certified technicians employed in the respective specialty.

 

In order to be a CDL, there must be one CDT of record within the laboratory listed on the CDL application. CDLs can still receive recognition in a given specialty area if they meet the Personnel Requirement within a specialty area as follows:

 

In each specialty for which recognition is requested, all work must be done in cooperation with a Certified Dental Technician(s) holding current certification in that specialty. Each CDT must facilitate the technical work of not more than fifteen (15) non-certified technicians employed in the respective specialty.

Facility Requirement – Fire Blanket

 

Emergency fire blanket(s) should be stored in an easily accessible location in the area(s) of the lab with the greatest potential for fire.

NBC will no longer require a fire blanket as part of facility standards. 

 

The approved standards went into effect on June 30, 2018 and all current CDL’s have been sent a letter informing them of the standard updates as of August 1, 2018.  The NBC website and CDL Handbook and Applications have been updated with the new standard information. If you have any further questions, you can contact Justin Mischler at [email protected].

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NBC Launches Computer-Based Testing for Written Examinations

Posted on June 18, 2018

NBC is excited to announce that they are launching computer-based testing for the written examinations. The first computer-based testing (CBT) written examinations will be offered beginning July 1, 2018.
 
“The NBC Board of Trustees has been researching computer-based testing options for some time now,” said NBC Chair, Denise Burris, CDT. “Our goal was to increase accessibility for dental technicians interested in pursuing the CDT examinations, without sacrificing examination security. We saw computer-based testing as an opportunity to offer a greater number of testing locations and more flexible scheduling.”
 
NBC will partner with Assessment Systems Corporation to offer the CDT and RG written examinations online using a third-party remote proctor. “Computer-based testing with remote proctoring still meets the desire for increased accessibility as candidates will be able to complete their CDT or RG written examinations online at a location, date and time of their choosing,” said NBC Secretary/Fiscal Officer, Dennis Urban, CDT.
 
Of course, there will be certain rules 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.
 
“Over the last two years, our focus has been on updating our examinations to keep pace with the changing market trends’,” said Morris Fucarino, CDT, NBC Vice Chair. “In 2017, we launched revised job task outlines, updated examination references, reviewed and rewrote examination questions and revised practical examinations. Now, our goal is to focus on how we can deliver these examinations to make them more convenient, while still maintaining the integrity of the process.” 
 
 
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 [email protected] or by phone at (800) 684-5310. 
 
 
 

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