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NADL Winter Daze 2019

Posted on January 30, 2019

You asked for more in-person continuing education. What better place to offer this than at the Mid-Winter Meetings? NADL proudly presents a half day of educational courses at LMT Lab Day. Topics range from business planning and professional development to technical education.
The 2019 NADL Winter Daze will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 7:30a.m. - 12:15p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. 
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. FDA Regulations Related to Incorporation of Digital Technologies
     Speaker: Gary Morgan, CDT, ASQ/CQA - SafeLink Consulting, LLC
     Credits: 1 Hour of Documented Regulatory Standards
     Course Description: The more dental labs integrate technology into manufacturing, the more important it is to understand the way FDA approaches regulating these activities. This program will focus on regulations which affect implementing CAD/CAM in the lab, the materials, processes, and software used, and 510(k) and registration requirements. The requirements for a compliant quality system will be discussed.
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Market Trends: 3D Printing, Surgical Guides, and Digital Dentures
     Speaker: Lee Culp, CDT - Sculpture Studios
     Credits: 1 Hour of Documented Scientific
     Course Description: TBD
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 3 Shape Tips and Tricks for the Everyday Designer
     Speaker: Jason Atwood - Core 3D Centres
     Credits: 1 Hour of Documented Scientific
     Course Description: 3Shape is a more powerful tool for designing dental restorations than most people recognize. There is a myriad of tools within the software that many designers don’t use on a daily basis. These tools were put there to make designing teeth easier, faster and more predictable. This session will showcase a few tools that many of you may not have known existed; perhaps have never used before, or simply have forgotten they were there. The goal is to help you advance the level of designing done with 3Shape in your lab.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Exocad-ditive Revolution: Exocad & 3D Printing for the Everyday User
     Speaker: Chris Kabot - Core 3D Centres
     Credits: 1 Hour of Documented Scientific
     Course Description: This introductory course to Exocad and 3D Printing will showcase tips & tricks for how to implement these exciting digital technologies efficiently for any size dental laboratory. Exocad’s open platform partnered with the exciting advancements in additive manufacturing (3D Printing) introduces us to new workflows that improve the bottom-line without sacrificing quality. 
There is a discounted rate of $35.00 for NADL Members to attend. This one fee gets you access to all of the courses! Plus, all funds will go to the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology to help support grant programs for schools, education and certification. The registration deadline is February 15, 2019. This course is limited to 100 attendees. 
Contact Deborah Caldwell at [email protected] or by phone at (800) 950-1150 with any questions.

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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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Call for 2020 NBC Board of Trustees Candidates

Posted on December 19, 2018

Call for 2020 NBC Board of Trustees Candidates

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is seeking individuals to fill open seats on the 2020 NBC Board of Trustees.

New board members will be elected, or appointed, in the fall of 2019 and will take office on Jan. 1, 2020.

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.

Contact Meghan Brasher at [email protected] or by phone at (800) 684-5310 to request a board application. A short candidate biography and digital headshot should be submitted with the completed form. All applications must be submitted by email to [email protected]  by 12:00 pm EST on Friday, March 29, 2019. No late submissions will be considered. 


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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.



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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