NBC Launches Remote Testing Option for the Practical Examinations
You Voiced, and We Listened
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.
“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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (800) 684-5310.
Foundation Race for the Future 7.0 Cancelled Due to COVID-19
For the past six years, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (Foundation) has fundraised around various races in order to raise money for the dental laboratory technology profession. Since the first race in 2014, just under $500,000 was raised from the Race for the Future. That’s nearly half a million dollars that goes toward you, your profession, and your future.
With the Race for the Future’s tremendous success over the years and the fun it brings to the community, the Foundation is deeply saddened to announce that due to safety concerns over COVID-19, the Race for the Future 7.0 will not be held this year. However, they plan to be back and stronger than ever before in 2021!
Mark your calendars for the Race for the Future 7.0*, being held in conjunction with the Chicago Triathlon on August 28-29, 2021 in Chicago, IL.
Even without the race, there’s still plenty the Foundation has to offer, especially in this time of need. Visit www.dentallabfoundation.org or click here for upcoming grant and scholarship opportunities, free online CE opportunities, and more!
FDLT Announces New Grant Opportunity for Dental Labs
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 email@example.com.
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.