CDA Presents is in Anaheim May 17-19

What to know before you go

If you’re heading to the Anaheim Convention Center for the nation’s premier dental convention, follow these tips to get the most out of the event — from finding your seat in ticketed courses to receiving your C.E. credits.

Registration and badge pick-up
Online registration at cdapresents.com will remain open through the convention’s closing day May 19. Attendees who registered in advance will pick up their materials at the eBadge Exchange at the Anaheim Convention Center. To do so, you’ll need to show your registration confirmation email with bar code at the Exchange, so print a copy or have it available on your mobile device. (New this year: Log in to the new CDA app for one-tap access to your bar code. Learn more about the app in the May CDA Update.)

On-site registration is also available and requires photo identification and, if applicable, your ADA card, student ID or dental board license. Cash and credit card payments are accepted; however, CDA is no longer accepting check payment for on-site registration.

Registration and badge pick-up hours are Wednesday, May 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, May 17-18, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 19, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tip: For expedited service, pick up your badge prior to 7:30 a.m. (CDA staff is ready to issue badges quickly no matter what time you arrive.)

Seating — reserved and first-come, first-served
The majority of courses at CDA Presents are first-come, first-served, but reserved seating is available in certain popular lectures. To take advantage of this opportunity, attendees must have registered in advance and purchased a reserved seating ticket for these courses, which are identified through the online registration system at cdapresents.com. Ticketed courses frequently sell out. If you have an eTicket for a reserved event, you’ll enter through a separate door and proceed to designated seating. Reserved seats will be held for attendees who purchased them until 10 minutes after these courses begin. After this time, the seats will be released.

Use the CDA app to find room locations for all courses or check the course schedule at cdapresents.com or in the printed on-site program available throughout the convention center.

Tip: Because time between some courses is tight, avoid scheduling back-to-back courses. Plan your daily schedules to ensure you can access the lectures and workshops you most want to attend.  

C.E. credit and certificates
Most critically, to receive credit for attending a course, arrive on time and scan into the course before it starts and out of the course after it ends. Because CDA cannot issue credit for late arrival or partial course attendance, you should avoid scheduling overlapping courses. To help eliminate potential confusion, the scanners will be covered while courses are in progress.

To receive credit for free lectures at The Spot, scan in at the beginning of the lecture.

You have three ways to verify your C.E. scans: through the CDA app, at cdapresents.com or at the C.E. Pavilion located at The Spot in Hall C.

C.E. certificates will be available approximately three weeks after the convention. Licensed attendees will receive an email notifying them that they can access their certificates. If you lose track of that email, follow these simple steps to access your certificate: Log in to cda.org, proceed to My Account and then click Show C.E./Transcript. From this screen, you can print your certificates.

Tip: As a back-up to verify your attendance, document the three-digit code given verbally by the instructor at the end of each course with the exception of lectures at The Spot.

CDA app aids navigation and more
The new CDA app is fully integrated with the online registration system, making it easy to sign in, retrieve your eBadge and access handouts and take notes for the courses you’ve registered for.

Tip: Use the app’s “wayfinding” feature to chart the quickest walking path from your current location to your destination on the exhibit hall floor.

For more on what you can do with the app, read the article on page 15 in the May CDA Update. Download the app now from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

More information for convention attendees is available at cdapresents.com/anaheim2018.

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