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

CDA Presents lets you fulfill continuing education in a fun, exciting atmosphere — at record speed. Our hands-on workshops and free lectures are the most convenient way for you to earn C.E., learn cutting-edge skills and meet your license renewal requirements.


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 each activity for a specified number of C.E. units. These courses meet the Dental Board of California requirements for continuing education units.

C.E. Requirements


Courses that directly enhance the licensee’s knowledge, skill and competence in the provision of service to patients or the community. Core courses must comprise at least 80% of the credits in a renewal cycle.


Courses considered to be primarily of benefit to the licensee and improved functioning of the dental practice must comprise no more than 20% of a licensee’s total required course unit credits for each license or permit renewal period.


Courses considered to be of direct benefit to the licensee or outside the scope of dental practice in California.

C.E. Verification

Please keep in mind that courses displayed in the C.E. Pavilion are those that had onsite scan activity and do not guarantee credit. Official certificates are only granted for classes attended in full and that do not overlap with another course.

Credit Limits

The Dental Board of California limits licensees to eight hours of C.E. per day for license renewal.

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.