Continuing Education for Dentists

Continuing Education for Dentists


How many CE points can I earn at the ASM?

You can earn three (3) credits per half-day at the ASM, to a maximum of 18 CE credits over the three days. However, some clinical hands-on workshops include bonus credits (as indicated in the program under the course descriptor). Credits fall under the RCDSO QA Program categories:

  • Category 1: Core courses (includes independent assessment)
  • Category 2: Clinical courses
  • Category 3: Practice management, personal development and general attendance on the Exhibits Floor

You cannot earn CE credits for both the Exhibits Floor and courses during the same half day.


  • If a dentist attends a half-day course in the morning (3 CE credits) and a half-day workshop (3 CE credits) with 1 bonus credit in the afternoon, they can earn 7 CE credits for the day.
  • If a dentist attends a Category 1 (core) course in the morning and visits the Exhibits Floor in the afternoon, they would earn 3 CE credits in Category 1 and 3 CE credits in Category 3.

How is my attendance verified?

Scanning is used to verify attendance at the ASM. Dentists must scan IN to ALL courses they attend in order to receive CE credits. For Category 1 (Core) courses, ODA member dentists are required to scan IN and scan OUT. Holding a ticket for a course does not automatically qualify you for CE credits, unless you have scanned in and out.

Important: If you do not scan IN (and where required, scan OUT) of courses, there is no other method of verifying attendance at a course.

Category 1 (Core) Courses

Please note: attendees arriving more than 15 minutes later or leaving 15 minutes early for a Category 1 (Core) course will forfeit any claims to Category 1 (core) course credits. Attendees may select a Category 2 or Category 3 course, instead. To maintain the integrity of the RCDSO QA credits system, there are no exceptions.

For all Category 1 (Core) courses 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 a full-day continuous course both in the morning and afternoon to receive the full six (6) CE credits. No credits will be given for attending a half-day of a full-day continuous course.

Category 1 (Core) Full-day Continuous Courses

In addition to the regular full-day continuous course scanning rules above, attendees are
also required to scan out when the morning segment is complete and again when the afternoon segment is complete. All four (4) scans (morning in, morning out, afternoon in and afternoon out) are required in order to receive CE credits for a full-day continuous course. As always, you must also hand in your independent assessment.

Exhibits Floor

To obtain CE credits for visiting the Exhibits Floor, dentists must scan in during each half-day at the CE scanning station located at the back of the Exhibits Floor. To receive CE credits for the morning, scan in between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon. To receive CE credits for the afternoon, scan in between 12:01 pm and 5:30 pm.

How can I access my attendance verification?

Your attendance verification record will be emailed to you in late June 2020. To have an attendance verification emailed to you and each member of the dental team, the ODA requires a unique email address for each attendee.

It is the responsibility of each member dentist to maintain their own continuing education records and report their continuing education 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