Attendee FAQs


When is the deadline to register?

Online registration for Anaheim convention will open in January. Course availability varies, so be sure to register early to secure your spot at popular workshops and events.

When you register online, registration materials can be picked up at eBadge Exchange at the convention. Please be sure to print out your barcode email confirmation or have it available on your mobile device when you arrive at the convention, as it is required to pick up your registration materials.

Cancellation weather, traffic, parking policy

Please plan ahead for driving conditions as CDA Presents Courses are held regardless of weather conditions, traffic and parking availability. Tickets are not resold at the door and late arrivals will incur a 100% registration fee charge, as well as any other applicable charges for registration based on the original registration completion. Cancellations and refunds for this event are accepted until mid April. 

For refund inquiries email or call 800.232.7645.

Can I register on site?

Yes. Bring a photo I.D. and, if applicable, your ADA card, student I.D. or Dental Board license. To ensure your spot to the lectures you want to attend, we recommend registering in advance online.

All on site registration sales are final.

Can allied dental health professionals register without a dentist?

Yes. Member and nonmember registration fees will apply, as listed on the registration form.

What if I have questions or concerns regarding registration?

Call CDA's Contact Center toll-free at 800.232.7645.

How do I get my badge?

There will be on-site pickup for badges at Registration/eBadge Exchange counter.

Registration hours are:

  • Wednesday 3–5 p.m.
  • Thursday 6:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Friday 6:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 6:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The best time to arrive is prior to 7 a.m. if you are planning a morning class. Regardless of your arrival time, our goal is to have your badge in your hands in five minutes or less.

Course Selection

How does reserved seating work?

To alleviate the frustration of not finding a seat in a popular lecture, we've designated reserved seating sections in select courses. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must register in advance for the select lectures. These select lectures are identified in the online registration system.

Important details:

  • Seats will be held up to 10 minutes after the program begins, after which time the seats will be released.
  • A separate entrance will be available for reserved seating eTicket holders.
  • Reserved seating is grouped in a designated section.

Beyond the reserved seating options, all of the lectures are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

What do I do if I can't find seating?

CDA Presents encourages attendees to allow time in their schedules and not plan courses back to back to ensure the best possible experience. We continue to assess popular courses and in some instances add additional overflow rooms and reserved seating options.

Continuing Education

How do I receive C.E. credit for attending a course?

To ensure credit, arrive on time, scan in and out and attend the course in its entirety. As a backup, capture the 3-digit code given verbally at the end of the course. Credit will not be given for course scan times that overlap. Note: The Dental Board of California limits licensees to 8 hours of C.E. per day for license renewal. 

How do I access my C.E. certificates?

C.E. certificates are available approximately three to four weeks after the meeting and licensed attendees will receive an email notification when the certificates can be accessed online. To access your C.E. certificates, first log in. If you do not already have an account, you'll need your license/ADA information, as applicable, to create one. Once logged in, go to My Account and Show C.E./Transcript. Please note, certificates are no longer mailed or emailed unless explicitly requested.

How do I access course handouts?

Downloadable course handouts are not available for all courses. However, if the speaker does provide handouts, they will be made available online at and on the CDA mobile app.

What rules and policies should I be aware of?

CDA Presents regularly updates the attendee conduct and media policies as of June 2017.

Safety and Security

What steps is CDA taking to ensure a safe convention?

The safety of our attendees is extremely important to CDA. We have increased our security force and added uniformed officers during our meetings.

What are some tips to stay safe while at CDA Presents?

As always, we ask individuals to exercise best practices while attending CDA Presents

  • Remove your badge after leaving the convention
  • Walk with a group whenever possible
  • If you see something that does not fit, please let CDA staff or a security officer know immediately
Stroller Policy

No strollers allowed on Exhibit hall floor