Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology Makes All Online Courses Free Through May 31, 2020
The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit educational foundation, dedicated to furthering dental laboratory technology education, is announcing that it is making all of its Foundation Learning Library courses available to the dental laboratory community at no charge through May 31, 2020.
“We know that CDTs and RGs are seeking virtual continuing education right now, more than ever, with meetings such as DLAT, MDLA and WSDLA being rescheduled and LMT West being cancelled,” said Sean Siegel, Foundation Chair. “We also know that educational institutions are being asked to go virtual and are looking for high-quality online education to supplement their curriculum.”
The Foundation Learning Library at www.dentallabfoundation.org/courses, offers almost 100 on-demand courses, available 24/7/365, covering topics such as occlusion, esthetics, implants, sleep apnea, digital dentures, CAD/CAM, 3D printing and much more. “Many of these courses have been generously underwritten or donated by our wonderful supporters and we felt this was a great way to give back to the community that has given so much to helping dental laboratory technology education,” said Gary Iocco, Foundation Vice Chair.
Most courses are approved through the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology for CDT/RG credits and courses are available to stream for 90 days once purchased. “As of now, we have opened the entire platform up until May, 31, 2020,” said Shawn Nowak, Foundation Fiscal Officer. “We will continue to monitor new developments, however, and pivot where (or when?) we need to.”
Use coupon code DLTFoundation at checkout through May, 31, 2020 to access all online courses for free through the Foundation Learning Library at www.dentallabfoundation.org/courses. “We hope that this will help our community in need right now,” said Siegel. “It is critical that we all come together to make it through these challenging times.”
The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, whose purpose is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by addressing industry driven needs and providing solutions that are relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team. For additional information about the Foundation and its programs, visit www.dentallabfoundation.org.
The Foundation’s ability to offer programs to support education and workforce training are based solely on contributions from individuals and companies. Thank you to all our donors and supporters www.dentallabfoundation.org/donors.
Important Announcement Regarding COVID-19 and Continuing Education Requirements for 2020 Renewals
The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC), along with the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) and the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (Foundation) is actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. As this is an evolving situation, those seeking news and updates should visit:
- The CDC’s COVID-19 webpage for general information.
- The CDC’s COVID-19 summary page for an at a glance view of the latest updates.
- The OSHA guidelines on preparing workplaces for COVID-19.
We wanted to share a few important updates regarding NBC activities taking place in response to COVID-19.
Many CDTs and RGs have reached out to NBC concerned about their ability to obtain continuing education in the wake of meetings and events being cancelled or postponed. NBC policy currently states that CDTs and RGs that renew by their renewal deadline will receive an automatic 45-day grace period from their renewal deadline to get their remaining credits into NBC. However, given the developments of COVID-19, NBC is extending the grace period for CDTs and RGs to complete their continuing education to 90-days from a CDTs renewal deadline. This provides an additional three months beyond a CDTs or RGs given deadline to complete all continuing education requirements.
For example, CDTs and RGs, whose deadlines to renew are March 31, 2020, should renew as they normally do by the deadline of March 31, 2020. NBC will grant a 90-day grace period for CDTs and RGs, whose deadlines to renew are March 31, 2020, to get their remaining credits to NBC, giving them until June 30, 2020 to submit their continuing education.
Additionally, any CDTs that need additional time to obtain their continuing education requirements beyond this initial 90-day grace period can contact NBC to discuss individual circumstances and receive an additional extension.
We are encouraging CDTs and RGs to renew online through the MyNBC Portal at www.nbccert.org/myNBC rather than mailing in their payment to avoid potential delays processing renewals.
We are also encouraging CDTs any RGs to submit and continuing education verification online through the MyNBC Portal at www.nbccert.org/myNBC rather than mailing in continuing education verification.
Questions regarding CDT Renewals and Continuing Education can be emailed to email@example.com or you can contact our office at (800) 684-5310.
We thank you all for your support of certification and standards in dental laboratory technology and we look forward to continuing to serve you!
The NBC Board of Trustees
Notice of Approved Changes for NBC CDL Program
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology Announces Updated Certified Dental Technician Logo
The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is pleased to announce an update to their Certified Dental Technician (CDT) logo.
NBC Announces Transition to Computer-Based Testing for the Written Examinations
NBC Announces Transition to Computer-Based Testing for the Written Examinations
Washington State – Dental Lab Standards Bill Implements ADA Policy
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.
Initially the new dental laboratory law has four primary requirements. All dental labs servicing dentists in the State of Washington will be required to:
- Register with the Department of Health beginning in 2020
- Disclose to the dentist what materials are in each device.
- Disclose to the dentist the city, state and country where the device was made.
- 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.
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.