Education and Training Requirements
Dental laboratory technicians may receive their education and training through a two-year program at a community college, vocational school, technical college, university or dental school. Graduates of these programs receive either an associate degree or a certificate. There also are a few programs that offer a four-year baccalaureate program in dental technology.
In most cases, an interested individual needs a high school diploma or its equivalent to apply to an accredited dental laboratory technology program. Contact the dental technology program of interest to you for specific requirements.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association is responsible for accrediting dental laboratory technology programs. There are approximately 24 commission-accredited dental laboratory technology programs in the United States.
Dental laboratory technicians can become certified by passing an examination that evaluates their technical skills and knowledge. The examination is administered by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology. A dental technician who passes the certification examination becomes a Certified Dental Technician (CDT). CDTs specialize in one or more of five areas: complete dentures, removable partial dentures, crown and bridge, ceramics or orthodontics.
Contact the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) for current certification requirements.