ADA CERP Recognition
Established in 1993, the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) provides ADA members and the dental community a mechanism to select quality continuing dental education (CE) with confidence and promotes the continuous improvement of continuing dental education both nationally and globally. ADA CERP also provides dental regulatory agencies with a sound basis for uniform acceptance of CE credits that are mandated by licensing jurisdictions in the United States for maintenance of dental licensure.
Only providers that meet the CERP Recognition Standards are granted approval and are authorized to use the ADA CERP logo and recognition statement.
Of the U.S. licensing jurisdictions that have currently implemented CE requirements for licensure renewal of dentists and allied staff, all accept the credits offered by ADA CERP recognized providers toward these requirements. However, each licensing jurisdiction may have additional criteria that must be met.
ADA CERP is managed by the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCEPR). Through an application and review process, the Commission evaluates and recognizes institutions and organizations that provide continuing dental education. CE providers are evaluated in 14 aspects of CE program quality defined in the ADA CERP Recognition Standards and Procedures. Providers approved through the program are designated as ADA CERP Recognized Providers. Only providers that meet the CERP Recognition Standards are granted approval and are authorized to use the ADA CERP logo and recognition statement. Once approved, providers are held accountable for maintaining those same high standards through periodic reevaluation. CCEPR does not approve specific CE courses or credits.
Over 500 providers of continuing dental education have been approved through the ADA CERP National Recognition Program or the Extended Approval Process. Annually, CERP recognized providers offer a combined total of more than 20,000 unique continuing dental education activities.
Voluntary Nature of the Program
Participation in the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program is voluntary. Continuing education providers are not required to obtain ADA CERP recognition. Any decision not to participate in the program will be respected.
View an official list of ADA CERP recognized providers. State dental boards, dental societies, allied dental organizations and other dental professional organizations may use the results of the ADA CERP program and recognize the ADA CERP recognized providers in various manners to fulfill their CE interests or obligations.