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DCA waives restrictions for online C.E. training during COVID-19 pandemic

September 09, 2020 9038

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Dental professionals can now use qualifying recorded webinars as live continuing education under the California Department of Consumer Affair's latest waiver easing restrictions on internet-based C.E. training.

The Department of Consumer Affairs on Sept. 8 issued a waiver easing the restrictions on internet-based continuing education training for dental professionals. The DCA announced in November 2021 that the waiver would expire Dec. 31, but on Jan. 11, 2022, the DCA reinstated the waiver, as the CDA article explains.

Current regulations require licensees to obtain no more than 50% of their required continuing education units through non-live instruction. Under the new order, dental professionals can use recorded webinars as “live C.E.” as long as the courses are web-based and allow participants to interact with the instructor or presenter in real time.

Recorded web-based interactive courses offered at CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry may be eligible for credit under the waiver.

The waiver did not affect the DCA’s Aug. 27 waiver extension giving licensed dentists, RDHs and RDAs until Feb. 27, 2021, to complete the required C.E. and testing for license renewal.