Important update about our Anaheim convention

In light of recent public health guidance on COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel CDA’s convention in Anaheim this May. All attendee registration fees and exhibitor booth fees will be refunded within 60 days, and CDA is offering members online and audio courses at no cost.

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Online Learning

The California Dental Association’s online learning platform, CDA Brightbox, provides dental professionals a brilliant way to take part in C.E.-eligible education at any hour and from anywhere.

  • Take part in quality education from your home, office or while traveling.
  • Earn your required C.E. through CDA, a provider recognized by ADA CERP and the California Dental Board.
  • Start and stop courses as needed to fit your busy schedule.
  • Receive your C.E. quickly upon successful course completion.
  • As a benefit of CDA membership, save 50% on online courses

Online courses are offered for both required and elective classes. Self-study courses include quizzes that satisfy C.E. requirements for courses needed for license renewal in California. Additional classes are offered in online reader formats. 

Audio recordings are offered in downloadable MP4 formats and include a wide variety of lectures from CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry.

Online Courses

Self-study courses include quizzes that satisfy C.E. requirements for license renewal in California.

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Audio Recordings

Audio recordings are offered in downloadable MP4 formats and include a wide variety of lectures from CDA Presents.

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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 this activity for the specified number continuing education credits.

Brightbox FAQs

Have questions about CDA Brightbox? See our helpful FAQs below.

What is Brightbox?

CDA Brightbox is the name of the California Dental Association’s online learning platform. Our aim is to provide dental professionals a brilliant way to take part in C.E.-eligible education from anywhere at any time. 

Why did CDA change its online learning provider?

CDA has chosen a new platform so that all our online learning courses, including those offered at CDA Presents, can be accessed in one easy place. This change is intended to make it more convenient to log in, participate in online classes and obtain C.E. credits needed for license renewals.

Did my purchased course(s) from the old online learning provider transfer over to Brightbox?

All previously purchased online courses have been transferred and there is a 180-day window before they expire. If you have issues logging in to access your courses or need assistance, email

Once I’ve purchased a course, how long do I have to earn C.E. ?

Opportunity to earn C.E. credit for the California Dental Practice Act, Infection Control and Treating Young Kids Everyday (TYKE) courses will be available for 180 days after purchase and with a passing quiz score of 80% or better.

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The deadline to request C.E. credits for CDA Presents San Francisco in 2018 is March 1, 2020. The deadline to request C.E. credits for CDA Presents Anaheim in 2019 is July 1, 2020. After these dates, no further C.E. requests for these conventions will be accepted .

Opportunity to earn C.E. credit for all future CDA Presents audio courses is available for one year after the convention date with submission of a summary that meets proper requirements.

How do I access a CDA Presents audio course?
  1. Once registered, log in to to see purchased courses under your account.
  2. Click the download icon. You will be able to play the audio recording as it loads.
  3. Save the file to your device. Note that larger file sizes require longer download times.
  4. As desired, transfer the file to your MP4 player, iPad or smartphone.
  5. Open and stream the audio recording at your convenience.
How do I obtain C.E. from a CDA Presents audio course?

Prepare a written summary of the course and submit it online at To meet C.E. eligibility requirements, the summary format must be at least two to three academic paragraphs for every one hour of course material. Each paragraph must be a minimum of six complete sentences, and bullet points will not be accepted. The format will be verified and returned if incorrect.

Alternately, you may mail your summary to the address below:
C.E. Request Form
California Dental Association
Attn: Continuing Education
1201 K Street, 16th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

How long do I need to keep my proof of C.E. credits for license purposes?

You must retain records of your C.E. transcripts for three renewal cycles (six years).

Do I need to submit my C.E. to the Dental Board of California?

You do not need to submit your C.E. transcripts with your license renewal unless requested to do so by the Board or as part of an audit process.

How do I obtain my C.E. transcripts?

Unless otherwise notified, your C.E. transcripts will be available 24–48 hours after each course completion. Visit, log in to My Account and select Show C.E./Transcripts. If you need assistance, call CDA at 800.232.7645 during business hours, Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

What is the passing score for courses with quizzes, and how many attempts do I have to pass?

You must pass an exam with 80% or better, and you have two attempts for each course.

How long does CDA keep my C.E. transcripts?

CDA keeps all past transcript information. You may access your C.E. any time by logging in to Once logged in to My Account, select the timeframe for which you would like to see C.E. transcripts.


CDA online learning programs and CDA Presents audio recordings are licensed solely for the purchaser’s own personal, noncommercial use to receive C.E. units for license renewal in the allotted timeframe or for the use of the individual’s reference to course materials. Any other use of the recordings or programs, including public or enrolled broadcasting, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of CDA. Request more information by calling 800.232.7645.

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.