ADA CERP releases 2013 annual report

Proud of the achievements: Dr. Theresa A. Dolan, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure, listens at a CDEL meeting. Dr. Dolan commended the CERP Committee for setting high standards for CE programs.

There was a wealth of opportunities available for dental professionals to continue their professional education in 2012 as ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program-approved providers offered more than 22,000 continuing education courses, according to the ADA CERP 2013 annual report released this month.

That represents more than 171,000 hours of ADA CERP-approved instruction dedicated to learning new skills, such as clinical techniques and expanding practice management.

“I am so proud of the work of the CERP Committee in setting the high standards for quality dental continuing education programs,” said Dr. Theresa A. Dolan, chair of the ADA’s Council on Dental Education and Licensure.

“I appreciate the commitment of ADA member volunteers and staff to this program. Their efforts benefit the many dental professionals who invest in their professional development and enroll in CE programs from ADA CERP-recognized providers. And the ultimate beneficiaries are our dental patients.”

ADA CERP reviews and approves providers of CE that meet standards for quality continuing dental education.


Providers are evaluated in 14 aspects of CE program quality. Only providers that can meet ADA CERP standards and procedures are granted approval and are authorized to use the ADA CERP logo and recognition statement.

Providers are held accountable for maintaining those same high standards through periodic reevaluation.

CE credits earned by attending CERP-approved providers’ courses are accepted by all state licensing boards (subject to any additional requirements or restrictions each individual board may have).

The Academy of General Dentistry also accepts credits from CERP-approved providers towards its fellowship and mastership awards.

ADA CERP currently approves 437 providers of continuing dental education.

The CERP Annual Report contains information about CERP activities and the size and scope of the program, based on aggregated data collected from ADA CERP approved providers.

To view the 2013 annual report, a list of ADA CERP recognized providers and a searchable list of courses offered by these providers, visit

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