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CDA Presents Webinar Week

Five days of live C.E. on timely topics. Recordings now available.

Live Webinars

Members and their dental teams can obtain C.E. at no cost through these webinars.

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CDA Courses

Self-study courses that satisfy C.E. requirements.

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Audio Recordings

Downloadable lectures from past CDA Presents (MP4 format). 

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TDIC Courses

Self-paced online courses offered from The Dentists Insurance Company.

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C.E. Regulations

C.E. credits must be obtained by a California Dental Board-approved provider. Please refer to the Dental Board’s website for a listing of approved providers that offer online C.E. courses.

New continuing education requirements were adopted in April 2010.

View the C.E. course calendar to see opportunities available throughout the state.


Brightbox FAQs

Have questions about CDA Brightbox? See our helpful FAQs below.

What is Brightbox?

CDA Brightbox is the name of the California Dental Association’s online learning platform. Our aim is to provide dental professionals a brilliant way to take part in C.E.-eligible education from anywhere at any time. 

Why did CDA change its online learning provider?

CDA has chosen a new platform so that all our online learning courses, including those offered at CDA Presents, can be accessed in one easy place. This change is intended to make it more convenient to log in, participate in online classes and obtain C.E. credits needed for license renewals.

Did my purchased course(s) from the old online learning provider transfer over to Brightbox?

All previously purchased online courses have been transferred and there is a 180-day window before they expire. If you have issues logging in to access your courses or need assistance, email CDApresents.registration@cda.org

Once I’ve purchased a course, how long do I have to earn C.E. ?

Opportunity to earn C.E. credit for the California Dental Practice Act, Infection Control and Treating Young Kids Everyday (TYKE) courses will be available for 180 days after purchase and with a passing quiz score of 80% or better.

Contact us for a refund or cancellation request at cdapresents.registration@cda.org.

The deadline to request C.E. credits for CDA Presents Anaheim in 2019 was July 1, 2020. No further C.E. requests for the convention will be accepted.

Opportunity to earn C.E. credit for all future CDA Presents audio courses is available for one year after the convention date with submission of a summary that meets proper requirements.

How do I register for the live courses?

To register for the course, you must login to cda.org or create an account. Enroll in the course from the link provided and you will be given a confirmation email and information on how to access the course.

Is there a capacity limit for live courses?

Each webinar is limited to 3,000 participants, so don't wait to save your spot. Enroll now for free, live courses from leading speakers on practice management and clinical care.

How do I access the live courses?

 Login to your account on cda.org. Click on "My Online Courses" on the dashboard to view your active courses.

  1. Click to enter the course.
  2. Once you enter the course, the link to access the Zoom Webinar will be on the second page. 

Please make sure you save the Zoom link for fastest access to the webinar and make sure you have a profile through Zoom. Google Chrome is the best operating system to access the live courses. Please reference the Zoom FAQs for further assistance on accessing the webinar.

How do I obtain C.E. from a live course?
  1. To earn required C.E. credit for live webinars, you must complete a short survey after this webinar. A separate screen will pop up and automatically take you to the survey.
  2. Attendees have seven days to take the survey. If you need to complete the survey at another time, log in to cda.org, click on the My Account tab at the top of the homepage, locate My Online Courses and select the webinar for which you were enrolled. You will then be directed to CDA's survey tool.
  3. You will receive C.E. credit 7 to 14 business days after completion. Submit questions to the presenter of a specific webinar at least one day before the course by emailing cdapresents.registration@cda.org.
How do I access a CDA Presents audio course?
  1. Once registered, log in to cda.org to see purchased courses under your account.
  2. Click the download icon. You will be able to play the audio recording as it loads.
  3. Save the file to your device. Note that larger file sizes require longer download times.
  4. As desired, transfer the file to your MP4 player, iPad or smartphone.
  5. Open and stream the audio recording at your convenience.
How do I obtain C.E. from a CDA Presents audio course?

Prepare a written summary of the course and submit it online at cda.org/cerequest. To meet C.E. eligibility requirements, the summary format must be at least two to three academic paragraphs for every one hour of course material. Each paragraph must be a minimum of six complete sentences, and bullet points will not be accepted. The format will be verified and returned if incorrect.

Alternately, you may mail your summary to the address below:
C.E. Request Form
California Dental Association
Attn: Continuing Education
1201 K Street, 16th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Do I need to submit my C.E. to the Dental Board of California?

You do not need to submit your C.E. transcripts with your license renewal unless requested to do so by the Board or as part of an audit process.

How long do I need to keep my proof of C.E. credits for license purposes?

You must retain records of your C.E. transcripts for three renewal cycles (six years).

What is the passing score for courses with quizzes, and how many attempts do I have to pass?

You must pass an exam with 80% or better, and you have two attempts for each course.

How do I obtain my C.E. transcripts?

Unless otherwise notified, your C.E. transcripts will be available 7 to 14 days after each course completion. Visit cda.org, log in to My Account and select Show C.E./Transcripts. If you need assistance, call CDA at 800.232.7645 during business hours, Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

How long does CDA keep my C.E. transcripts?

CDA keeps all past transcript information. You may access your C.E. any time by logging in to cda.org. Once logged in to My Account, select the timeframe for which you would like to see C.E. transcripts.

Disclaimer

CDA online learning programs and CDA Presents audio recordings are licensed solely for the purchaser’s own personal, noncommercial use to receive C.E. units for license renewal in the allotted timeframe or for the use of the individual’s reference to course materials. Any other use of the recordings or programs, including public or enrolled broadcasting, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of CDA. Request more information by calling 800.232.7645.

Important update about our 2020 conventions

In light of public health guidance on COVID-19 and large events in our state, CDA has made the difficult decision to cancel our San Francisco convention that was scheduled for September. All exhibitor booth fees are being refunded, and CDA is working to provide members innovative C.E. in exciting new ways.

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Continuing education requirements extended to September 30, 2020

If your license expires between March 31 and June 30, 2020, you now have until September 30 to satisfy any waived C.E. requirements, due to an extension from the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

Live courses available on Brightbox

To support members and their dental teams in obtaining C.E., online and audio learning options are available at no cost through June 30, 2020.

ADA CERP 
CDA is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

CDA designates this activity for the specified number continuing education credits.