Continuing Education for Dentists

Continuing Education for Dentists

ALL Category 1 (Core), 2 and 3 courses are included in the All Access registration package.
ALL Category 2 and 3 courses are included in the General Registration Package.
ALL Hands-on Workshops: fees are listed in the registration chart on page 69 in the ASM21 Show Guide.

Prerequisite Courses for Workshops

Some workshops have prerequisites, and this information is listed under the course descriptors.

For a workshop with a prerequisite requirement, attendees much register for the course or they will not be allowed to access the hands-on workshop. This information is listed in the course descriptor for those workshops that have a prerequisite requirement.

There are attendance limits for all workshops, and these are listed in each course descriptor. Kits for workshops will be distributed approximately two weeks prior to the date of the workshop. Registration for all workshops closes at 11:59 pm on April 22, 2021. If you have not received your workshop kit by April 30, 2021, please contact Teresa Tomassetti at

Course Times

There are a variety of course times for Virtual ASM21, all of which are listed in each course descriptor and in the Daily Schedules pages of the ASM21 Show Guide. Please check this page for the most up-to-date course times.

Speaker Handouts

Speaker handouts will be available on our website approximately two weeks prior to Virtual ASM21. Please note that not all speakers provide handouts. Handouts will be available for download until July 30, 2021.

Continuing Education Credits at ASM21

You can earn one (1) credit per hour of instruction in each course. Each individual course time is rounded to the nearest hour. For example, you will earn two (2) credits for each 1.5-hour course, two (2) credits for each two-hour course and three (3) credits for each 2.5-hour course.

Category 1: Core courses are presented live with a live Q&A. This includes 2.5 hours for a half-day course and five hours for a full-day continuous course, polling questions every 30 minutes with a required response rate of four out of five questions (80 percent) within five minutes of the poll and an independent assessment (quiz) in order to meet the requirements for a Category 1 (Core) course designation.

Category 2: Clinical Courses

Category 3: Practice Management, Personal Development

Exhibits Floor: You will receive 1 CE credit for visiting the Exhibits Floor during dedicated scheduled times.

Category 1 (Core) Courses

Please note that attendees arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving 15 minutes early for a Category 1 (Core) course will forfeit any claims to a Category 1 (Core) course. The course credit will automatically default to a Category 2 or Category 3. 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:

  • Arrive on time or 10 minutes early
  • Answer four out of five polling questions. Questions will be displayed every 30 minutes and you will have 5 minutes to answer each question. An 80 percent response rate (four out of five) is required in order to meet the requirements for a Category 1 (Core) course.
  • At the end of the course the attendee must also complete an independent assessment quiz. The polling questions and the independent quiz will be displayed on the screen.

Full-Day Continuous Courses

You must attend Part 1 and Part 2 (morning and afternoon) of a full-day continuous course in order to receive any of your CE credits. You will not receive CE credits for attending only one part of a full-day continuous course.

Exhibits Floor

Attendees will receive 1 CE credit for each of the dedicated exhibit hours on Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7. More details can be found on the Exhibits Floor page.

Attendance Verification

When you register for Virtual ASM21, you must provide your individual email address in order to receive an Attendance Verification. Also, each member of the dental team who registers for Virtual ASM21 must provide an email address to receive their Attendance Verification. Dentists who are registering two dental team members must also provide email addresses for each individual in order for them to receive an Attendance Verification.

How do I access my Attendance Verification?

Your Attendance Verification record will be emailed to you approximately four weeks after Virtual ASM21 post-event. To have an Attendance Verification emailed to you and each member of the dental team, the ODA requires an email address for each attendee. Dentists who are registering two complimentary dental team members must also provide email addresses for each person in order for them to receive an Attendance Verification. Please note that it is the responsibility of each member dentist to maintain their own continuing education records and report their continuing education activity to the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)

The formal continuing education programs of this provider are accepted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) for fellowship/mastership credit. Provider ID# 214575. The current term of the acceptance extends out to June 20, 2021. The Attendance Verification for the courses can be sent to by the AGD member to get credits from AGD descriptors.

Out-Of-Province/Country Dentists

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


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 continuing education provider may be directed to the provider or the ADA CERP at