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Patrick Pellett, CDT named 2018 CDT of the Year

Posted on February 06, 2018

Patrick Pellett, CDT named 2018 CDT of the Year 

 

Patrick Pellett, CDT has been in the dental laboratory technology industry for over 40 years. He currently is the Dental Laboratory Manager at PRIDE Dental Laboratory where he trains inmates to become dental laboratory technicians and encourages them to pursue certification. Patrick retired from the U.S. Navy after serving 32 years and earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University. Before starting his career at PRIDE, Patrick was a math and science teacher for fifth and sixth grade in Clay County.

Patrick is actively involved in the dental technology community and frequently hosts exams at PRIDE. He is also actively involved in providing free dental laboratory services for Children’s Dental Clinic in Gainesville, Florida. In addition, Patrick has hosted military dentists and dental technicians in the workings of a dental laboratory outside military settings.

“He has a record of accomplishments from the correctional side that is unequaled around the country. The average recidivism rate for long-term inmates is probably in the 70% range. Since Mr. Pellett's arrival in 2001, PRIDE Dental Laboratory has maintained a 0% recidivism to current day.” - Edward F. Schaier, CDT, USN Ret.

 

Congratulations again Patrick Pellett, CDT, Our 2018 CDT of the Year! 

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NBC Call for Board Member Candidates

Posted on January 25, 2018

Call for Board Member Candidates

The NADL, NBC, and Foundation are seeking individuals to fill open seats on the 2019 NADL Board of Directors, 2019 NBC Board of Trustees and 2019 FDLT Board of Trustees.

New board members will be elected, or appointed, in the fall of 2018 and will take office on Jan. 1, 2019.

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 dcaldwell@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 dcaldwell@executiveoffice.org by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 30, 2018. No late submissions will be considered. 

To download the application click here:  http://nbccert.org?5u4g5z

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2018 NBC CDT FEST

Posted on January 12, 2018

NBC will be hosting its first ever Certified Dental Technician appreciation event, in conjunction with LMT Chicago Lab Day. We hope to put on a great networking event for RGs, CDTs, Certified Dental Laboratories, and technicians interested in becoming certified. You are invited to attend the NBC CDT Fest to come mingle with others in the industry and enjoy a special reception celebrating certification. We hope to see you there!

Event Details: 
February 23, 2018

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST
Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel

  The event is free of charge but we ask that you pre-register as space is limited. RSVP at http://nbccert.org/?8acluv

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact NBC Program Manager Caroline Thomas at cthomas@executiveoffice.org or complete the sponsorship agreement form here:  http://nbccert.org/?my6gnk.

*Sponsorship agreements must be received by January 21, 2018.
 

 

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Host the CDT Examinations

Posted on December 08, 2017

Do you have technicians in your lab that are interested in becoming certified? If so, you may be interested in hosting the Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Examinations in your laboratory.
 
NBC is currently recruiting volunteer laboratories to host the written and practical CDT Examinations in 2018. This is a great opportunity to offer additional testing locations around the nation, while at the same time affording your technicians an opportunity to become certified without having to travel. Visit www.nbccert.org/education/host-exam.cfm to find out about hosting the exams right in your lab.
 
 
Contact Deborah Caldwell at dcaldwell@nbccert.org, or by phone at (800) 684-5310, if you would like additional information emailed to you or if you have any questions about hosting the exams.

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NADL Winter Daze 2018

Posted on December 08, 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 2018 NADL Winter Daze will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 7:30a.m. - 12:15p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Visit https://nadl.org/events/winter-daze/2018 to view the full schedule and course descriptions. Speakers this year will include:
     - Gary Morgan, CDT
     - Alexander Wünsche, CDT
     - Mark Williamson, CDT
     - David Avery, CDT, TE.
 
There is a discounted rate of $35.00 for CDTs/RGs/CDLs to attend. This one fee gets you access to all of the courses! Plus, all funds will go to the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology to help support grant programs for schools, education and certification. The registration deadline is February 16, 2018. This course is limited to 100 attendees. 
 
 
Contact Deborah Caldwell at dcaldwell@nadl.org or by phone at (800) 950-1150 with any questions.
 

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FDLT Online Program Peer Review – Call for Volunteers!

Posted on November 08, 2017

FDLT Online Program Peer Review 
Great opportunity to earn Scientific Credit
 
Finding qualified technicians continues to be one of the greatest challenges within the dental laboratory profession. The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology Trust wholly supports formal dental laboratory education and encourages those interested in working within the profession to consider a formal educational program. However, for technicians working on the job, obtaining access to high quality comprehensive theoretical knowledge in the profession can be a challenge.
 
Recognizing that there is still a need for a comprehensive program that focuses on teaching core knowledge based competencies for current and future technicians, the Foundation has spent considerable time and resources creating content to be distributed through a comprehensive online program. 
 
As part of the development process and as a quality control measure in launching a program of this nature, the Foundation needs your help in reviewing the modules that make up each course. 
 
Responsibilities would include being assigned 1-2 modules (provided electronically) based off of your realm of knowledge, reviewing the modules in detail, and completing a corresponding evaluation. This project is estimated to take 2-4 hours to complete over a 14 day span. You will receive 2 hours of Scientific credit upon completion of each module.
 
If you are interested in participating in the peer review process, please take a moment to fill out a short volunteer form HERE.
 
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in participating in improving the future of dental laboratory technology. If you have any questions, please contact Foundation Program Manager, Lindsey Rowan, at lrowan@dentallabfoundation.org or call (866) 627-3990.

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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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