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NBC Announces CDL Standard Changes

Posted on August 17, 2018

News Release

Contact:   Justin Mischler
Address:  National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology       
                  325 John Knox Road, Suite L103                     
                  Tallahassee, Florida 32303                     
Email:       jmischler@nbccert.org
Phone:     (800) 684-5310  
Fax:          (850) 222-0053

August 17, 2018
For Immediate Release

NBC Announces CDL Standard Changes

Tallahassee, Florida: The NBC Trust reviewed the CDL Program in detail at the April 2017 in person meeting and identified several potential changes to the CDL program.  From this meeting, a Task Force was developed to further discuss the potential changes and bring forward recommended changes to the NBC Trust.

Since establishing the Task Force, there have been a series of conference calls as well as a survey of current CDLs and a survey of non-certified dental laboratories to help determine recommendations for next steps.

In December 2017, the Task Force presented draft recommendations to the Trust for consideration to ensure they were on the right track with their suggested changes.

At its April 2018 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 June 14, 2018 for consideration at the June 2018 NBC Trust meeting.

Following the comment due date June 14, 2018, the NBC Trust voted to pass all standard changes as they were during their June 2018 meeting. Please see the table below for more information on the updated standards.



Previous Standard

Updated Standard


Specialty Specific Photographic Documentation

CDLs must illustrate that specialty-specific facility standards have been met. This is accomplished through photographs that illustrate acceptable technical resources (well maintained and functional) in their respective specialty areas.

NBC will no longer require additional specialty specific photographic documentation for CDLs. 


Photographic documentation is still be necessary for general facility and equipment requirements as outlined in the NBC materials.


CDL Designation and

Specialty Recognition



Certification shall be offered in each or any of the following specialty areas:  Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures, Crown & Bridge, Ceramics and Orthodontics. A laboratory may apply for certification in any or all specialties offered by, and performed in, the physical facility applying for certification.


NBC will offer a universal CDL certification with same requirements for all. CDLs can still receive recognition in a given specialty area if they meet the Personnel Requirement within a specialty area as follows:


In each specialty for which recognition is requested, all work must be done in cooperation with a Certified Dental Technician(s) holding current certification in that specialty. Each CDT must facilitate the technical work of not more than fifteen (15) non-certified technicians employed in the respective specialty.


NBC is adding Implants as a specialty area within the CDL program.

Personnel Requirement

Each CDT must facilitate the technical work of not more than fifteen (15) non-certified technicians employed in the respective specialty.


In order to be a CDL, there must be one CDT of record within the laboratory listed on the CDL application. CDLs can still receive recognition in a given specialty area if they meet the Personnel Requirement within a specialty area as follows:


In each specialty for which recognition is requested, all work must be done in cooperation with a Certified Dental Technician(s) holding current certification in that specialty. Each CDT must facilitate the technical work of not more than fifteen (15) non-certified technicians employed in the respective specialty.

Facility Requirement – Fire Blanket


Emergency fire blanket(s) should be stored in an easily accessible location in the area(s) of the lab with the greatest potential for fire.

NBC will no longer require a fire blanket as part of facility standards. 


The approved standards went into effect on June 30, 2018 and all current CDL’s have been sent a letter informing them of the standard updates as of August 1, 2018.  The NBC website and CDL Handbook and Applications have been updated with the new standard information. If you have any further questions, you can contact Justin Mischler at [email protected].

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2019 CDT of the Year - Nominations Open

Posted on August 01, 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2019 CDT of the Year. If you know someone deserving of this title, please print and fill out the Nomination Form and send it in to the NBC Office, or apply online, by Friday, September 28, 2018. The winner will be recognized in front of his or her peers at the National Association of Dental Laboratories' (NADL) 2019 Vision 21 meeting in Las Vegas, NV.


Click Here for the 2019 Online Nomination Form

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NBC Launches Computer-Based Testing for Written Examinations

Posted on June 18, 2018

NBC is excited to announce that they are launching computer-based testing for the written examinations. The first computer-based testing (CBT) written examinations will be offered beginning July 1, 2018.
“The NBC Board of Trustees has been researching computer-based testing options for some time now,” said NBC Chair, Denise Burris, CDT. “Our goal was to increase accessibility for dental technicians interested in pursuing the CDT examinations, without sacrificing examination security. We saw computer-based testing as an opportunity to offer a greater number of testing locations and more flexible scheduling.”
NBC will partner with Assessment Systems Corporation to offer the CDT and RG written examinations online using a third-party remote proctor. “Computer-based testing with remote proctoring still meets the desire for increased accessibility as candidates will be able to complete their CDT or RG written examinations online at a location, date and time of their choosing,” said NBC Secretary/Fiscal Officer, Dennis Urban, CDT.
Of course, there will be certain rules to ensure the integrity of the process. For example, test takers will be required to select a 30-day testing window during which time they must schedule and complete their examination. Additionally, test takers will be required to test in a private location and no recording devices or test related materials may be on the desk or within reach of the test taker. Test takers must also have a computer available with a webcam, speakers, microphone and internet access to be able to communicate with the remote online proctor. Most importantly, test takers will be required to complete a series of security protocols before, during and after the examination.
“Over the last two years, our focus has been on updating our examinations to keep pace with the changing market trends’,” said Morris Fucarino, CDT, NBC Vice Chair. “In 2017, we launched revised job task outlines, updated examination references, reviewed and rewrote examination questions and revised practical examinations. Now, our goal is to focus on how we can deliver these examinations to make them more convenient, while still maintaining the integrity of the process.” 
For additional information on becoming a CDT and the new computer-based testing option for the written examinations, please visit https://nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician/cdt-application.cfm or contact NBC by email at [email protected] or by phone at (800) 684-5310. 

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The Foundation Announces National Fundraiser to Support Grants and Scholarships for Dental Technicians and DLT Schools

Posted on May 22, 2018

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (The Foundation) is proud to announce a new fundraiser to support grants and scholarships. 

Ivoclar Vivadent and the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) are joining forces to raise funds to support the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology by giving folks the chance to win “The Spirit of the Esthetic Revolution™” – a 1995 Harley-Davidson® Softail Classic motorcycle donated by Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.

Tickets can be purchased at www.dentallabfoundation.org/ticket between now and January 10, 2019. Tickets are $25.00 and for every four tickets purchased, you will get a fifth ticket entry free. One winning ticket will be selected in a random drawing from all tickets purchased at the 2019 NADL Vision 21 Meeting being held January 17 – 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. 

Since 2008, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants to dental technicians looking to further their education and enhance their skills within the restorative dental field.

“We cannot adequately express our gratitude to Ivoclar Vivadent and their CEO Robert Ganley for their generosity in donating this 1995 Harley-Davidson Softail Classic to help raise funds for the Foundation,” said Foundation Chair Gary Iocco. 

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION: 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 program, visit www.dentallabfoundation.org.

ABOUT IVOCLAR VIVADENT: Ivoclar Vivadent is a global leader in innovative materials and processes for quality, esthetic dentistry. The company employs over 3200 people and operates in over 120 countries throughout the world. Ivoclar Vivadent is headquartered in Schaan, Liechtenstein. Its North American headquarters is based in Amherst, NY

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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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