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About CDA Presents

What is a virtual convention?

A virtual convention is an event hosted in an online environment that provides more real-time interaction and opportunities to explore and connect than a typical e-learning experience or webinar series. Through a new digital platform, you will be able to register for and remotely attend your choice of popular C.E. courses, explore the exhibit hall and network with fellow attendees. In many ways, it is just like an in-person convention, but you can attend from wherever it works for you.

Why did CDA host a virtual convention?

Health and safety considerations and restrictions on large gatherings due the COVID-19 pandemic motivated CDA to create a convention that would provide the interactive experience of CDA Presents — while still making it accessible to all attendees. This flexible virtual platform provides a safe experience to more dentists with fewer time or travel barriers.

How will I be able to provide feedback on C.E. courses?

After the virtual convention ends, you will receive an email with a link to an evaluation form. Only the courses that you registered for in advance will appear for your feedback and evaluation. 

When will the C.E. transcripts be available?

C.E. transcripts for the virtual convention held in May will be made available through login at cda.org on or before June 10, 2021.

Registration & Costs

How do I register for CDA's virtual convention?

Visit cda.org/cdapresents to register or learn more

How much does it cost to attend?

Registration fees are waived as a CDA benefit for our members; the fee for non-member dentists in California is $905; the fee for staff members (including RDH, RDA and DA) is $40; and the fee for out-of-state ADA members is $240, for non-ADA members, the fee is $905.

Is there a deadline to register?

Registration will not close and will stay open 30 days after the convention for On Demand courses. All courses will expire on June 15th.

Do I need to register for lectures?

In order to plan your schedule, please select which courses that you would like to take in the registration process. You will be able to access any course on the platform that does not have a fee. Any course with a fee will need to be purchased in advance of attending.

Educational Programs and Earning C.E. Credits

How many C.E. credits can I receive if I attend the virtual convention?

A total of 107.5 C.E. units are offered through the four-day convention; however, the Dental Board regulates 8 hours of C.E. (1 C.E. credit = 1 Hour) in one day. You are limited to 8 C.E. units per day.

Will it be the same course lineup as the in-person CDA Presents?

CDA introduces new courses and programs at every event. We could not transition all course types to the virtual platform, as clinical workshops require hands-on participation. We will, however, have a robust selection of 60+ courses across clinical care and practice management topics. See program details for spring 2021 courses.

Will the speakers be streaming live?

Many sessions will be pre-recorded and be presented in their allotted time. Others will be streamed live, so you will see and hear the speakers in real time. There will be a live Q&A session at the end of each course. With your registration, you can also access recorded courses for 30 days after the convention ends.

Will I be able to earn “live” C.E. credit for virtual courses?

There will be many programs at CDA Presents, including live courses and self-study courses. View the course schedule for more information.

C.E. Disclaimer

CDA follows the Dental Board of California C.E. provider requirements in issuing C.E. credits for license renewals. Virtual course classifications are subject to change and will be finalized before the C.E. transcript release if technical requirements require a change in course format (live or recorded) as originally listed.

Information contained in promotional materials is subject to change and allowances for inaccuracies, omissions or modifications are not available.

 

Why am I being declined access to a classroom?

While most of the courses are offered at no cost to CDA members, all courses must be registered for in advance. There are few courses that require a fee and, therefore, must be registered and paid for prior to classroom entry: the California Dental Practice Act, Infection Control and TDIC’s Risk Management seminar.

I am not able to hear presentation, how can I adjust the volume?

Please ensure your computer speakers are turned up and that the volume of the session presentation is not muted. We also recommend using Chrome and Firefox browsers for the best experience.

Certificates and Surveys

How will I be able to provide feedback on C.E. courses?

After the virtual convention ends, you will receive an email with a link to an evaluation form. Only the courses that you registered for in advance will appear for your feedback and evaluation. 

When will the C.E. transcripts be available?

C.E. transcripts for the virtual convention held in May will be made available through login at cda.org on or before June 10, 2021.

Exhibit Hall

I like seeing products, learning about services and connecting with people in the exhibit hall. How do I do that now?

The highly interactive virtual environment offers an innovative way for our exhibitors to connect with attendees. You can visit virtual booths to see products, services, technology and special offers, check out videos and links to exhibitors’ materials, and chat live with sales representatives. 

What are the virtual exhibit hall hours?

Attendees have access at any time during the live event, however, we have dedicated exhibit hall hours.
Dedicated Exhibit Hall hours:

  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 10 a.m. - noon and 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
  • Friday, May 14, 2021 10 a.m. - noon and 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.