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New! 2017 Dawson Academy Education Grant - Apply by 8/15/17

Posted on July 10, 2017

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology is proud to announce a brand new grant opportunity - The 2017 Dawson Academy Education Grant. 
 
Background:
The Dawson Academy, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, provides dental courses that for decades have proven to be the foundation for the successful practice of complete, predictable dentistry. The Academy teaches their students the essential principles and skills for complete care with primary concentrations in dental occlusion, the temporomandibular joints and comprehensive esthetic restorative dentistry.
 
Grant Overview:
Recognizing the need for increased accessibility to higher education in dental laboratory technology, The Dawson Academy and the Foundation have partnered to bring you the 2017 Dawson Academy Education Grant in 2017.
 
The Dawson Academy Education Grant will award six (6) technicians a seat in the cornerstone course of The Dawson Academy curriculum: Functional Occlusion – from TMJ to Smile Design at no charge. The charge for such a course would typically retail for $1,695; however, due to the generosity of The Dawson Academy, the recipients of this grant will have their tuition fee waived. Additional course information can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Requirements:
  1. Sitting members of the NADL Board, NBC Trust, or FDLT Trust are not eligible as individuals to apply for or win grants/scholarships offered through the Foundation.
  2. If attending the course in-person, the winners of The Dawson Academy Education Grant must be available to attend one of the course dates offered, which can be found on the application here. A maximum of three technicians can attend each.
  3. Winners will be required to provide the Foundation with a professional headshot and testimonial (web video submission or typed submission on letterhead paper) about receiving the grant, attending the course, and how this experience will positively impact his/her DLT career.
  4. No cash will be provided to the grant recipient. If the recipient fails to use the grant or cannot make their scheduled course date, they will forfeit their grant.
  5. The deadline to use the grant is December 30, 2018. No extensions will be given.
 
Application Deadline: August 15, 2017

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2017 Winter Daze Videos Available on the Foundation Learning Library for FREE!

Posted on May 15, 2017

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology understands that there was A LOT going on during the Chicago mid-winter meetings. If you missed the full day of courses at NADL’s Winter Daze, we’ve got your back. For the second year in a row, the Foundation is pleased to provide you with the Winter Daze videos FREE OF CHARGE on the Foundation Learning Library
 
All of the courses listed below are available on-demand and NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Scientific credit. 
 
  • We Ain’t Seen Nothing YetMark Ferguson
    With advancements in hardware, software, and manufacturing techniques the digital dental lab has workflows never seen before. Mark Ferguson with highlight several of these workflows. He will walk you through the tools and techniques currently available to bring higher quality and production to your lab. 
     
  • Creating Vitality in Anterior Ceramic RestorationsLeon Hermanides, CDT & Heather Voss, CDT
    This course will consist of tips and techniques on how to create vitality while managing value and characterization to maximize esthetics. 
     
  • Complete Dentures: Tips and Tricks to Meet the DemandOscar Galvis CDT, MDT, BSHS
    The goal of this course is to touch base on all steps involved in fabricating a functional and aesthetic complete denture while reducing chair time for the clinician. The course will include but is not limited to the following: fabrication of proper custom tray; model analysis; occlusal rims; articulation with the absence of a facebow; choosing proper tooth molds and occlusal schemes; setting of teeth in a timely fashion; wax characterization; processing; selective grinding; and finishing and polishing. 
 
Visit www.dentallabfoundation.org/resources/courses and create an account using the login button on the left hand side of the page to see what NADL’s Winter Daze was all about.

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National Organizations Support Dental Technician and CDT Appreciation Month

Posted on May 08, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. – The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) and the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) celebrate June as Dental Technician and Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Appreciation Month.

“On behalf of NADL and NBC, I would like to acknowledge and give recognition to all dental technicians for their hard work, dedication and commitment to providing quality service to the patient and the profession,” said Heather Voss, CDT, 2017 NBC chair and NADL board member.

Dental technicians bring considerable experience and subject matter expertise in the areas of dental materials, technology utilization, shade verification and restorative dentistry. Although generally operating behind the scenes of the oral health team, dental technicians are a crucial part of ensuring delivery of quality dental care.

“Dental technicians are the unsung heroes, working behind the scenes and not often seen by patients. The dental laboratory profession is largely unknown to everyday people, so with the support of NADL and NBC, it is up to us as dedicated, proud dental technicians to show the world what we do and the benefits of working with a formally educated, trained and/or certified dental technician.” said Voss.

NADL seeks to inform dentists and patients of the important role of the dental laboratory technician and dental laboratory through its “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign. In the U.S., most states set no minimum standards for persons to be employed as dental technicians. In fact, only four states in the U.S. require either certification or continuing education for dental technicians.

The NBC 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. 

The Certified Dental Technician (CDT) designation demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and applied skills needed in dental technology. It illustrates a technician's commitment to the field of dental technology and demonstrates their knowledge in six specialty areas: ceramics, complete dentures, crown and bridge, orthodontics, partial dentures and implants.

The National Association of Dental Laboratories is the unified voice of the dental laboratory profession supporting dentistry and serving the public interest by promoting high standards. NADL accomplishes this by providing programs, services and networking opportunities to meet the evolving technical, educational, professional and business needs of dental laboratories.

The month of June is dedicated to dental technicians and Certified Dental Technicians. There will be a special insert in the June/July issue of the Journal of Dental Technology, honoring all dental technicians and CDT’s in 2017. 

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NBC Implements Changes in 2017

Posted on April 05, 2017

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology is committed to maintaining relevancy in the dental laboratory technology profession. NBC worked tirelessly throughout 2015 and 2016 to create and implement updates to our certification programs. NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT states “we have made impactful change to the CDT examinations that will strengthen and sustain the program well into the future”.
 
The following updates have gone into full effect as of January 1, 2017.
 
     - New Examination References- Announced June 1, 2016
     - Revised Job Task Outlines- Announced August 11, 2016
     - Modified Practical Exams & Updated Written Exams - Announced September 28, 2016
     - New Pathway to Certification- Announced December 7, 2016
 
The CDT Handbook is one of the best resources and contains important information regarding the requirements to become a CDT, examination confirmation, cancellation and rescheduling policies, details about examination preparation and studying, and information about examination content.
 
The content on the Written Examinations is derived from the current NBC Job Task Outlines, which can be found on the NBC website under Certification Program Standards at https://nbccert.org/about-national-board-certification/certification-standards.cfm
 
In addition to all of the updates and improvements that have been made to the written and practical exams, we have also added another pathway to certification. This new pathway provides an option for the self-motivated learner that wants a more direct route to the opportunity to become a CDT.
 
Heather is “so proud of the positive changes coming out of the CDT program and feels this program is moving in the right direction to ensure that the CDT program remains relevant”.
 
For specific details on each of the program updates, please reference the below news pages.

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New Pathway to Certification Announced

Posted on December 07, 2016

New Pathway to Certification Announced
 
NBC is excited to announce that in addition to all of the updates and improvements that have been made to the written and practical exams, we have also added another pathway to certification. Currently there are two ways to be eligible to sit for the CDT exam:
     1) Five years of hands-on experience
     2) Graduating from a dental technology program and becoming a Recognized Graduate (RG).
 
Beginning January 1, 2017, there will be an option for the self-motivated learner that wants a more direct route to the opportunity to become a CDT. There is a minimum requirement of two years of hands-on experience and then a formula to replace the additional three years of hands-on experience with self-study, NBC, ADA CERP, AGD PACE accredited courses, or mentorship with a CDT, DDS or DMD.
 
The new policy states:
 
Candidates that are interested in certification that do not have the required five (5) years’ of experience and/or education, will have the option to submit continuing education to substitute for experience. 75 hours of continuing education will substitute for one year of experience.
     1) To sit for an examination a candidate must have:
          • At least four years of experience and 75 hours of CE
          • At least three years of experience and 150 hours of CE
          • At least two years of experience and 225 hours of CE
     2) Continuing Education Breakdown - A continuing education log will be provided along with the exam application. Candidates will be required to report the titles, dates, locations, and speakers of their continuing education courses, and total the full amount for staff. Additionally, candidates will be asked to link their areas of study back to the NBC Job Task Outlines.
          • The continuing education hours can be a combination of different types of training, including, but not limited to, live conferences, workshops, seminars, or other in-person meetings, online training, webinars, in-lab training programs, mentorship, or self-study.
          • A maximum of 1/3 of all hours can be claimed as self-study (this amounts to 25 hours for each 75 hours reported).
          • A maximum of 1/3 of all hours can be claimed through a mentorship program (this amounts to 25 hours for each 75 hours reported). Mentorship is only permitted if managed by a certified individual; CDT, DMD, DDS, etc.
          • A minimum of 1/3 of all hours must be approved by one of the following: NBC, ADA-CERP, or AGD (this amounts to 25 hours for each 75 hours reported). The NBC Director of Certification may use discretion on allowing other continuing education credits approved by alternative organizations.
 
To view all of the pathways to certification, download the Career Path to CDT document at https://nbccert.org/pdfs/Career%20Path%20to%20CDT-2017.pdf
 
 

 

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NBC Announces Changes to Practical Examinations

Posted on September 27, 2016

NBC Announces Changes to Practical Examinations
 
NBC continues its efforts to maintain relevant and valid examinations as part of its commitment to serving the dental laboratory technology profession.  NBC recently announced updated references and an updated job task outline for its Certified Dental Technician (CDT) and Recognized Graduate (RG) examinations as part of the CDT program’s revalidation process beginning January 1, 2017.  
 
NBC is proud to announce that as part of the process of updating its certification program it will make changes to the Ceramics, Crown & Bridge and Implants practical examinations beginning January 1, 2017.  Based on the changes to the job task outlines, there will not be significant updates to the practical examinations for Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures and Orthodontics.
 
“We have announced some major changes in the last couple of months related to the updated job task outlines and new written examination references.  However, I am extremely excited about the changes we have made to the Ceramics, Crown & Bridge and Implants practical examinations.  This will be the programs’ first step towards integrating digital technology into the hands on portion of the practical examinations.” said NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT. “With these changes, candidates will be able to use digital or analog fabrication techniques in their preliminary work and will have more flexibility with choice of materials.”
 
Some of the changes to the Crown and Bridge practical examination will include allowing candidates to digitally produce their metal framework as part of their preliminary work.  Additionally, a substructure will be added to the onsite requirements to better reflect industry practices.
 
For the Ceramics practical examination, candidates still have to produce a single unit PFM; however, the metal substructure can be cast or can be fabricated using selective laser melting.  Also, the bridge is no longer required to be a PFM bridge.  Candidates will be able to use the material of their choice and can fabricate the substructure using either traditional or digital fabrication techniques. The MOD onlay will be removed from the examination and a veneer will be added to the onsite requirements in an effort to reflect the trends in the industry.
 
For the Implants practical examination, candidates will be asked to fabricate a custom abutment as part of the preliminary work and can use either traditional or digital fabrication techniques.  The preliminary denture has been completely removed from the examination, but candidates will be required to do a 1 x 14 Set Up and Wax up over two attachments.  Additionally, the Hader Bar has been replaced with a Wrap-Around Bar to better reflect what we are seeing in the real world setting. 
 
For a list of the requirements on the practical examinations for exams beginning January 1, 2017, please visit https://nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician/cdt-rg-exam.cfm#content.
 
“I am so proud of the positive changes coming out of the CDT program.  This program is moving in the right direction to ensure that the CDT program remains relevant,” said Voss. “The updates to the practical examination better align our examinations to the actual work being performed in dentistry today and allow for more flexibility in fabrication techniques and material selection.  We will continue to advance this program to ensure that it provides a national standard that the industry can be proud of.”   
 
The CDT designation demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and applied skills in dental laboratory technology. Individuals who obtain the CDT designation have demonstrated a commitment to dental laboratory technology and proficiency not all of their peers will achieve.
 
“I am coming up on my 25th year as a CDT and I am even more proud to call myself a CDT now, than when I first earned it,” said Voss. “For me, getting my CDT wasn’t about earning more or getting additional business.  It was and still is about pride, community and building up dental laboratory technology as a respected member of the dental team.  I am proud of this program and all the changes it is making.”
 
To view the practical examination requirements beginning January 1, 2017, please visit https://nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician/cdt-rg-exam.cfm#content.  For more information on the CDT certification, visit www.nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician. If you have any questions, please contact the NBC office at (800) 684-5310 or certification@nbccert.org.

 

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NBC Announces Updated Job Task Outlines

Posted on August 11, 2016

NBC Announces Updated Job Task Outlines
 
NBC is proud to announce an update to its job task outlines for its Certified Dental Technician (CDT) and Recognized Graduate (RG) examinations as part of the CDT program’s revalidation process. NBC is committed to maintaining relevant and valid examinations for the dental laboratory technology profession.
 
A job analysis is conducted every five years in order to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that a professional in a particular field should have. The job analysis contributes to test validity by ensuring that the critical aspects of the job become the domain of content that the test measures. 
 
“NBC is committed to updating our program to ensure that it is relevant to the profession,” said NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT. “In addition to launching new references, NBC has updated the foundation of our certification program, the job task outlines. These changes, while they may seem small are monumental for the CDT program.”
 
The updates to the job task outlines, along with the new references will be active for any examinations offered by NBC after January 1, 2017. 
 
 “We are excited about these positive changes,” said Voss. “The new task outlines incorporate both digital and analog processes and include newer materials. We have gone through over 2,000 questions on our written exams, have removed questions that are no longer relevant, have changed the weighting of certain areas to ensure that exams are more balanced and have written questions using the new references on digital technologies and new materials and equipment. I am so proud of all the work done over the past two years to elevate our CDT program.” 
 
The CDT designation demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and applied skills in dental laboratory technology. Individuals who obtain the CDT designation have demonstrated a commitment to dental laboratory technology and proficiency not all of their peers will achieve.
 
“I take great pride in being a second generation certified dental technician and laboratory owner. Earning my CDT was more than just proving my knowledge and skill against a national standard set by my peers,” said Voss. “It was about building community; it was about taking pride in my craftsmanship and most importantly it was about elevating the profession.”
 
To view the updated job task outlines, please visit https://nbccert.org/about-national-board-certification/certification-standards.cfm. For more information on the CDT certification, visit www.nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician. If you have any questions, please contact the NBC office at (800) 684-5310 or certification@nbccert.org.
 

 

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