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C.E. waiver extension gives California dental professionals until April 2021 to complete license renewal requirements

Individuals whose licenses expire between March 31 and Dec. 31 granted C.E. extension

Quick Summary:

The Oct. 22 order rescinds the DCA’s previous three C.E. extension waivers granted March 31, July 1 and Aug. 27, meaning that licensees who have licenses that expire between March 31 and Dec. 31 now have until April 2021 to take and pass the examinations required for license renewal.

The Department of Consumer Affairs on Oct. 22 issued a fourth C.E. extension waiver, giving all California-licensed dental professionals whose active licenses expire between March 31 and Dec. 31 until April 22, 2021, to meet license renewal requirements.

The Oct. 22 order rescinds the DCA’s previous three C.E. extension waivers granted March 31July 1 and Aug. 27, meaning that licensees who have licenses that expire between March 31 and Dec. 31 now have additional time to complete the continuing education courses and take and pass the examinations required for license renewal.

Licensees must still apply for their license renewal and pay the renewal fees by the respective due dates. The waivers only grant an extension to complete the required C.E.

All four C.E. waivers are a result of CDA’s continuous advocacy efforts to support dental professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. CDA will continue to advocate for additional extensions should pandemic mitigation efforts impact licensees beyond April 2021.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 4 state-of-emergency order granted the Department of Consumer Affairs the authority to waive statutory or regulatory professional licensing requirements as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Continuing education options for CDA members

C.E. courses are available to dentists and their teams through CDA’s online learning platform, Brightbox. Members can also access on-demand courses from the first all-virtual CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry through Nov. 12.