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2017 CDT of the Year

Posted on February 06, 2017

Starting in 2009, the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) began the ‘CDT of the Year’ awards program. This came about as a way for NBC to recognize and honor the individuals who stand out in the industry. Each fall, the NBC sends out a call for nominations for this prestigious award, NBC receives nominations with heartfelt words of support. The individuals that are nominated come from various backgrounds that include educators, laboratory owners, technicians and more.

Nominees are asked to submit additional information including years in the laboratory profession, areas of specialization, examples of dedication to their field, and community service. CDT of the year looks for someone who not only strives for excellence in their career but also serves their community. NBC is excited to present the 2017 CDT of the Year award to Mike Abraham, Master CDT.

Mike Abraham, Master CDT, has been in the dental laboratory technology industry for over 40 years. He currently is the owner of Dent-Tech Dental Lab. Mike earned his Associate Degree in Dental Technology at Texas State Technical College in Waco Texas where he became a Master CDT in all six specialties earning his first CDT certification in 1994. Less than 1% of CDTs can call themselves a master CDT and far fewer have mastered all six specialties.  

Abraham is actively involved in the Dental Technology Community and frequently travels nationwide as an examiner administering practical CDT examinations. Mike served as president of Associates Dental lab of Arkansas for two years and is actively involved in his community. Mike has worked with both Donated Dental Services of Arkansas and Donated Dental Services of Mississippi and is an avid supporter of VFW 3030 a foundation supporting Veterans.  

Our profession is lucky to have such a hard working, caring, gifted technician and lab owner. He exemplifies the best in your organization and is deserving of this outstanding honor.” – Alvin W. Neff, DDS, FAGD, FICD 

Congratulations again Mike Abraham, Master CDT, Our 2017 CDT of the Year!

 

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Call of Board Member Candidates

Posted on December 23, 2016

Call for Board Member Candidates

The NADL, NBC, and Foundation are seeking individuals to fill open seats on the 2018 NADL Board of Directors, 2018 NBC Board of Trustees and 2018 FDLT Board of Trustees.

New board members will be elected, or appointed, in the fall of 2017 and will take office on Jan. 1, 2018.

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 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, please visit the News Page on each organization’s website. Candidates interested in serving will be required to read and sign a board application in order to be considered for board service.

Contact Sarah at shackney@executiveoffice.org or by phone at (800) 950-1150 to request a board application. A short candidate biography and digital headshot should be submitted with the completed form. All applications must be submitted by email to shackney@executiveoffice.org by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 31, 2017. No late submissions will be considered. 

To download the application click here:  http://nbccert.org?phl5hw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NADL Winter Daze 2017

Posted on December 14, 2016

NADL Winter Daze 2017
 
You asked for more in-person continuing education. What better place to offer this than at the Mid-Winter Meetings? NADL proudly presents a half day of educational courses at LMT Lab Day. Topics range from business planning and professional development to technical education.
 
The 2017 NADL Winter Daze will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 7:30a.m. - 12:15p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. 
 
 
2017 Schedule of Events
 
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Regulations vs. Best Practices
     Speaker: Bennett Napier, CAE – NADL/NBC/FDLT 
     Credits: NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Regulatory Standards
     Course Description: This course will review key state and federal regulatory topics that keep lab owners up at night. The focus will be on areas that are most pressing in terms of risk management. As part of the course deliverables will be reviewing a sample action plan/checklist to get your regulatory house in order.
 
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
     Speaker: Mark Ferguson – Vulcan Custom Dental
     Credits: NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Scientific
     Course Description: 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. 
 
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Creating Vitality in Anterior Ceramic Restorations
     Speakers: Leon Hermanides, CDT – Protea Dental Studio, DAMAS; Heather Voss, CDT – Legacy Dental Arts
     Credits: NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Scientific
     Course Description: This course will consist of tips and techniques on how to create vitality while managing value and characterization to maximize esthetics.
 
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Complete Dentures: Tips and Tricks to Meet the Demand
     Speaker: Oscar Galvis CDT, MDT, BSHS – Nu-Crown Dental Laboratory Inc.
     Credits: NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Scientific
     Course Description: With the demand for complete denture on the rise and the dwindling number of denture technicians, it has become more imperative than ever for all dental technicians to have a basic understanding of how to fabricate quality removable prosthetics. The increase of implant over dentures is just another factor in the importance of having at least a fundamental understanding of fabricating traditional denture work. In order to be a competent denture technician it does not only mean understanding the basics at the bench but also what it means to work in cohesion with your clinicians. 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. 
 

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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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Exam Hosting Opportunities

Posted on November 11, 2016

Exam Hosting Opportunities
 
NBC is currently recruiting volunteer laboratories to host the written and practical Certified Dental Technician (CDT) examinations. This is an incredible opportunity to offer more testing options to dental technicians around the nation, while at the same time affording your technicians an opportunity to become certified without having to travel. Download the RG/CDT Exam Host Information brochure to learn about the requirements for hosting the CDT examinations.
 
Visit our website for more information and to download the necessary forms. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and help you prepare for hosting the CDT examinations. Please contact Deborah Caldwell if you have any questions or would like additional information at dcaldwell@nbccert.org, or by phone at (800) 684-5310.

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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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NBC Announces Updated Examination References

Posted on June 21, 2016

 
NBC Announces Updated Examination References
 
The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) is pleased to announce a new reference list for its Certified Dental Technician (CDT) and Recognized Graduate (RG) examinations as part of the program’s revalidation process and its commitment to maintaining relevancy in the dental laboratory technology profession.
 
These references will be active for any examinations offered by NBC after January 1, 2017. Most of these references are written by notable industry leaders and can easily be purchased through Quintessence Publishing.
 
“It is time to make a change regarding the references that our program uses to create its written certification examinations,” said NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT.  “By selecting updated examination references that are more applicable to today’s dental technology climate, we believe that we can elevate the level of our certification program.” 
 
Recommended publications for NBC examinations offered by the NBC after January 1, 2017, include:
 
GENERAL REFERENCES
 
Hohmann, Arnold and Hielscher, Werner 
Principles of Design and Fabrication in Prosthodontics 
Chicago, Quintessence Publishing, 2016
 
Mosby’s Dental Dictionary 3rd edition
St. Louis, Mosby Publishing, 2014 
 
Nelson, DDS, MS, Stanley
Wheeler’s Dental Anatomy, Physiology & Occlusion, 9th edition 
St. Louis, Saunders Publishing, 2009
 
O’Brien, William
Dental Materials and their Selection, 4th edition 
Chicago, Quintessence Publishing, 2009
 
United States Air Force Manuals 47-103
Volume One Basic Sciences, Removable Prosthodontics, and Orthodontics (2005),
Volume Two Fixed and Special Prosthodontics (2005)
 
CERAMICS and CROWN & BRIDGE
 
Chu, Stephen J.; Devigus, Alessandro; Paravina, Rade; Mieleszko, Adam
Fundamentals of Color: Shade Matching and Communication in Esthetic Dentistry, 2nd edition 
Chicago, Quintessence Publishing, 2011
 
Hämmerle, Christoph; Sailer, Irena; Thoma, Andrea; Hälg, Gianni; Suter, Ana; and Ramel, Christian
Dental Ceramics: Essential Aspects for Clinical Practice
Chicago, Quintessence Publishing, 2008
 
Kelly, Robert J. 
Ceramics in Dentistry: Principles and Practice 
Chicago, Quintessence Publishing, 2016
 
Naylor, Patrick W. 
Intro to Metal-Ceramic Technology 2nd edition
Chicago, Quintessence Publishing, 2009
 
COMPLETE DENTURES
 
MacEntee, Michael
The Complete Denture: A Clinical Pathway 2nd edition
Chicago, Quintessence Publishing, 1999
 
PARTIAL DENTURES
 
Carr, Alan
McCracken’s Removable Partial Prosthodontics 13th edition
St. Louis, Mosby Publishing, 2015
 
ORTHODONTICS
 
McNamara Jr., Dr. James A.
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Needham, MA Needham Press, 2001
 
Willison, CDT, Brian D. and Warunek, DDS, MS, Stephen P.
Practical Guide to Orthodontic Appliances
Tonawanda, NY, Great Lakes Orthodontics
 
IMPLANTS
 
Babbush, DDS, MScD, Charles A.; Hahn, DDS, Jack A.; Krauser, DMD, Jack T.; and Rosenlicht, DMD, Joel L.
Dental Implants: The Art and Science, 2nd Edition
Maryland Heights, MO, Saunders, 2011
 
Misch, DDS, MDS, Carl E.
Contemporary Implant Dentistry, 3rd edition
St. Louis, MO, Mosby, Inc., 2008
 
Misch, DDS, MDS, Carl E.
Dental Implant Prosthetics, 2nd edition
St. Louis, MO, Mosby, Inc., 2014
 
Shafie, Dr. Hamid
Clinical and Laboratory Manual of Implant Overdentures
St. Louis, MO, Blackwell Publishing Company, 2007
 
White, Graham E.
Osseointegrated Dental Technology
Quintessence Publishing, 1993
 
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.
 
“I am a second generation certified dental technician and this program was a way for me to prove my level of knowledge and skill against a national standard set by my peers,” said Voss. “It is a way to unite and elevate our profession. I take pride in being a CDT and I can think of no greater letters of recommendation than CDT after my name.” 
For more information on the NBC, please visit www.nbccert.org. For more information on the CDT certification, please 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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