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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Continuing Education Requirements

Dentists, dental therapists, and CDAs are required to maintain a minimum number of hours of mandatory continuing education (CE) in order to renew your registration or certification to practise each year.

Your CE cycle is assigned at the date of your registration and runs on a three-year calendar cycle, e.g. January 1 2017 to December 31 2019.

Minimum required credits during a three-year cycle:

​Dentists​​Certified Dental Assistants​Dental Therapists
​90 credits​36 credits​75 credits
One hour = 1 credit


Detailed requirements, including course eligibility, are outlined in the Continuing Education Requirements (PDF) document. ​​​

Note that, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, self-study maximums are waived (until December 31, 2021) to facilitate​ online learning during this time.

Reporting credits

Registrants earn credits in three-year cycles. Credits should be reported as they are earned. They cannot be carried forward to the next three-year cycle.

It is each practitioner's responsibility to maintain documentary evidence of program completion (for example, course descriptions, receipts, certificates and course syllabi). Registrants may be asked to provide any of these records to CDSBC. For multiple day courses/seminars, proof of attendance and/or a course outline may be required.

If there is a discrepancy on your transcript, such as a duplicate submission, ineligible session, etc., your credits will be adjusted.

CDSBC has implemented an audit process for continuing education submissions. This audit process will involve a random selection of CE submissions entered into the online CE portal daily. CDSBC staff will review supporting material for the CE activity submitted to determine whether it is acceptable.​

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New audit process for CE submission effective October 20. Learn more >>​

Registrants are reminded that it is your ethical responsibility to ensure that all reporting of CE credits is accurate. Failure to do so is a breach of CDSBC’s Code of Ethics (PDF) and could be subject to disciplinary action by CDSBC.

Registrants are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria for continuing education credits, which is available here​.