Continuing Education for Dentists

Continuing Education for Dentists


How many CE points can I earn at the ASM?

You can earn 6 CE points per day at the ASM, to a maximum of 18 CE points over the three days. There may be an opportunity to earn bonus points by attending certain clinical hands-on workshops (as indicated in the program). For example, if a dentist attends a half-day lecture in the AM session (3 CE points) and a half-day workshop (3 CE points) with 1 bonus point in the PM session, he/she would earn 7 CE points for that day.

The full-day continuous lectures are free ticketed events.
When you register for a Category 2 or Category 3 full-day continuous lecture your seat is guaranteed only until the published start time. Once the lecture has begun, your ticket will no longer be valid and admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis. You must scan into a full-day continuous both in the morning and afternoon to receive the six (6) continuing education points for the lecture. No points will be given for attending a half of a full-day continuous lecture. There are no exceptions to this rule. Please note that if a full-day continuous lecture is a Category 1 (Core) lecture, the current additional fee of $20 will apply.

The CE points earned at the ASM (6 points per day or 3 points per half-day) may be attributed to one of the following QA categories, as per the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) Quality Assurance Program:

• Category 1: core lectures (includes an independent assessment)
• Category 2: clinical lectures
• Category 3: practice management, personal development and general attendance on the exhibits floor

For example, if you attend a Category 1 (Core) lecture in the morning and visit the Exhibits Floor in the afternoon, you can claim 3 CE points in Category 1 for the morning session and 3 CE points in Category 3 for the afternoon session. You cannot earn points for both the Exhibits Floor and lectures during the same half day.

How is my attendance verified at the ASM?

Scanning is used to verify attendance at the ASM. In order to ensure that attendance records are accurate, dentists must Scan IN to ALL sessions they attend. For Category 1 (Core) lectures, ODA member dentists are required to Scan IN and Scan OUT.
If you do not Scan IN and/or Scan OUT of sessions, there is no other method of verifying your attendance at a session.

Category 1 (Core) Lectures

Important: Category 1 (Core) lectures follow the specific protocol designated by the RCDSO QA program. Attendees arriving more than 15 minutes late and leaving 15 minutes early will forfeit any claim to Category 1 (Core) CE points. Your scan will automatically default to a Category 2 or Category 3 and you will not be allowed to submit the independent assessment that applies to the Category 1 (Core) lectures. This protocol also applies to the Category 1 (Core) full-day continuous lectures.

For all Category 1 (Core) lectures at the ASM, dentists are required to do the following:

1. Scan in.
2. Complete an independent assessment (quiz), print your name and ODA membership number.
3. Hand in the independent assessment to the Room Monitor and then scan out of the course.

Full-day Continuous Courses

You must scan in to full-day continuous courses both in the morning and afternoon to receive the full six (6) continuing education credits. If a full-day continuous course is a Category 1 (Core) course, you must complete the independent assessment (quiz) and then scan out. No credits will be given for attending half of a full-day continuous course.

Exhibits Floor

To obtain credit for visiting the Exhibits Floor for the morning (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and afternoon (12:01 to 5:30 p.m.), dentists must scan in at the CE scanning stations located at the back of the Exhibits Floor.

How can I obtain a copy of my attendance record?

Your CE Certificate of Attendance record will be emailed to you after the conference. It is the responsibility of each member dentist to maintain his or her own continuing education records and report their CE activity to the RCDSO.



Out-of-province dentists are asked to verify their CE requirements with their respective provincial regulatory authority and to submit their own attendance report to their provincial authority.

Your CE Certificate of Attendance record will be emailed to you after the conference. In order to ensure your attendance is captured, please scan your badge into every session you attend, as well as at the CE scanning stations located at the back of the Exhibits Floor.


The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit. Provider ID#214575. The current term of acceptance extends from May 1, 2018 through to June 30, 2021. The Attendance Verification for the courses can be sent to by the AGD member to get the credits from AGD descriptors.


The Ontario Dental Association 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 activities or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by the board of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or the ADA CERP at