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 NBC Launches Remote Testing Option for the Practical Examinations

Posted on August 11, 2020

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NBC is elated to announce that they are piloting a new pathway for the Practical examinations, whereby the Practical examinations can be taken remotely at a dental laboratory of the candidate’s choosing under the constant supervision of a third party remote proctor. Interested candidates will be able to utilize the remote Practical examination testing (RPT) option beginning September 1, 2020. Yes, you read that right – you may be able to take the NBC Practical examination at your OWN DENTAL LABORATORY!

Exams will be offered in alternating monthly testing windows six times a year, during the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November, running from the first day of the month through the last day of the month. Application deadlines are the 20th of the month prior to the desired testing window. For example, if a candidate wants to take their Practical examination through the remote testing option in November, they must submit a completed application to NBC by October 20th.


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“The NBC Board of Trustees has been researching remotely proctored practical testing options for some time now,” said NBC Chair, Dennis Urban, CDT. “Our goal was to increase accessibility for dental technicians interested in pursuing the CDT examinations, without sacrificing examination quality and security. The COVID-19 global pandemic created the urgency to pursue this option to ensure candidates interested in pursuing their CDT could continue to do so without concerns over their safety.” Like the written examinations, which switched to computer-based testing (CBT) in early 2018, NBC will partner with the proctoring service MonitorEDU for the Practical examinations. NBC has developed a number of security protocols before, during and after the Practical examinations to protect the integrity of the examination process. For example, NBC will be using a dual camera process, using both the camera on the candidate’s laptop computer and the camera on the candidate’s cell phone. Candidates will be required to be on camera throughout the entire duration of the examination. Candidates will also be provided with specific instructions on packaging their work and shipping it back to NBC for grading.

“This option for the Practical examinations is game changing, as it eliminates massive barriers to testing such as travel costs, exam accessibility, reduction of test anxiety and borrowing and transportation of equipment,” said NBC Vice Chair, Mark Stueck, CDT. “It is the final piece to the puzzle of allowing candidates to complete ALL CDT examinations remotely at a location, date and time of their choosing.”

Candidates will be required to have access to the specific dental laboratory materials and equipment necessary to complete the Practical examination work in the specialty of their choosing. Additionally, candidates will need the following general equipment to utilize the remote testing option for the Practical examination:

  • Private workbench where the candidate can perform the majority of work without interference.
  • Laptop computer with built-in or external webcam, speakers, and microphone (tablets not supported).

o Laptop operating system of Windows 7 and higher or Mac OS 9 and higher. Most Linux are also supported.

o Web browser must be recent version of Google Chrome (50+).

  • Cellular smart phone with camera with Android 4.1 or higher or iOS 8.0 or higher operating system.
  • Internet connection with at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload speeds. Both the computer and cell phone will need to be connected to the internet.
  • Power cords for laptop computer and cellular smart phone.
  • Materials for articulating, packaging and shipping their completed work back to NBC for grading.

“Over the last two years, since the launch of our computer-based written examinations, our focus has been on updating our Practical examination to keep pace with the changing market trends,” said Morris Fucarino, CDT, NBC Immediate Past Chair. “We have added the capability for candidates to complete their preliminary work using digital technologies and added more choices for materials. Now, our goal is to focus on how we can deliver these examinations to make them more convenient with the ever-changing world today, while still maintaining the integrity of the process.”


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For additional information on the new option to take the Practical examination remotely through a third party proctor, including an extended list of FAQs, 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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 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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