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 Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology Launches CDT Hardship Grant

Posted on January 13, 2021

Are you a CDT that suffered loss of income as a result of COVID-19? If so, this grant is for you!

COVID-19 has caused major impacts to the world we know today, including the dental laboratory technology profession. Between dental office and dental laboratory closures, and employees facing a decrease in hours as well as temporary or permanent furloughs, many have experienced a loss of income during this worldwide pandemic.

Recognizing the effects a loss of income can have, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (Foundation) created the CDT Hardship Grant, for 2021 only, in an effort to ensure the negative impacts of COVID-19 does not hinder the importance of maintaining the CDT designation.

“The Foundation tackled the opportunity to alleviate some stress amongst the CDT community in these incredibly strange times,” said Foundation Chair Sean Siegel. The CDT Hardship Grant is fully funded by contributions from individuals and companies and we are pleased to play a part in ensuring that those in need of assistance, receive it. You support us, we support you based on industry needs, and the support cycle continues. We are stronger together.”

As part of this grant, the Foundation will cover the annual CDT renewal fee of $170 for a selected group of CDTs. This grant will be offered four times during 2021 – once for each CDT renewal cycle. The application deadlines are as follows:

  • February 28, 2021 for March CDT renewals
  • May 31, 2021 for June CDT renewals
  • August 31, 2021 for September CDT renewals
  • November 30, 2021 for December CDT renewals


NBC Chair Dennis Urban, CDT said, “The CDT Hardship grant will be so meaningful to CDTs that are facing trying times financially as a result of COVID-19. Every CDT is important to our industry because of the standards they adhere to in being certified. By providing CDTs who have financial hardships the opportunity to apply for the CDT Hardship Grant, the Foundation has once again shown their commitment, dedication, and focus in supporting Certified Dental Technicians.”

With the CDT Hardship Grant providing the opportunity to cover CDT renewal fees, and the Foundation Learning Library (www.dentallabfoundation.org/courses) steadily offering quality continuing education free of charge, the Foundation is your one-stop resource to meeting your annual CDT requirements.

“Education is the key to developing and maintaining our valued CDTs industry wide,” said Siegel. “We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – the Foundation has your back!”  

For more information and to apply for the CDT Hardship Grant today, visit www.dentallabfoundation.org/cdt-hardship-grant or contact the Foundation office at by email at foundation@dentallabfoundation.org or by phone at (866) 627-3990.

For a full listing of Foundation donors, please visit www.dentallabfoundation.org/donors.

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 Call for 2022 NBC Board of Trustees Candidates

Posted on January 12, 2021

Call for 2022 NBC Board of Trustees Candidates

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is seeking individuals to fill open seats on the 2022 NBC Board of Trustees. New board members will be elected, or appointed, in the fall of 2021 and will take office on Jan. 1, 2022.

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 2022 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 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 31, 2021 to dcaldwell@nbccert.org. No late submissions will be considered.

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