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CERP Provider Newsletter—Edition Two

The Role of CERP Recognition Congratulations to Providers Awarded 3 and 4 Year Terms
Proposed Revisions: Calculating CE Credits
List Your Courses on
Annual Report Due July 1 
Future Application Deadlines
Workshop Scheduled for October 19 in Atlanta
Commission Members and Staff Contacts
ADA CERP Recognition Actions  

Message from the Chair: The Role of CERP Recognition

Picture of Dr. Paul R. Leary, Chair A guest editorial by Dr. Gary Heir titled “Continuing Education: Caveat Emptor” in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (April 2017) raises an important question. With the wide array of CE activities available, and the multitude of course brochures that land in our inboxes, how can dental professionals gauge the quality of continuing dental education (CE) activities before enrolling? Dr. Heir rightly emphasizes the importance of applying critical thinking skills to the process of selecting CE, suggesting that we first carefully assess our own professional educational needs, and seek out activities that address those needs. For any courses we are considering, we should then review the credentials of the instructors and seek information on the scientific basis of the information to be presented.

If these steps sound familiar, it is because they form the foundation for several of the CERP Recognition Standards. As ADA CERP recognized providers, you know the importance of assessing the professional educational needs of your audience--gaps in knowledge, performance and practice—and designing courses to bridge those gaps. You also know that it is essential to select qualified instructors who will present information that is balanced and based on scientific evidence in order to enhance professional performance and ensure patient safety.

The Commission whole heartedly agrees with Dr. Heir’s suggestions for dental professionals seeking quality continuing dental education. We also believe that ADA CERP recognition offers an invaluable tool to help professionals identify CE providers that meet these essential criteria for effective education. As CERP recognized providers, you are to be commended for your ongoing commitment to advancing the profession through continuing professional development.

Paul R. Leary, D.M.D., 2016-2017 Chair

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Proposed Revisions to CERP Standard XIV.3: Calculating CE Credits 

The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition is considering changing CERP Standard XIV.3 which outlines the minimum length of continuing education activities. The Standard currently states that all CE activities must be a minimum of one hour. The Commission is proposing to reduce the minimum length of CE activities to 0.25 hour, with credits to be awarded in increments of 0.25 credit hours.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on the proposed revisions. Comments will be considered by the Commission at its meeting in October 2017. Read the complete proposal and submit comments here

Comments are requested by July 21, 2017.

CERP Providers 2017 Annual Report Due July 1

CERP recognized providers are required to complete a short survey verifying contact information and reporting on the number of CE activities offered in 2016. A link to the survey was emailed to all currently recognized providers in early May. Reports must be submitted by July 1. 

Invoices for the CERP provider annual fee were mailed separately. The annual fee is also due July 1. If you did not receive the invoice or the email containing the survey link, please contact CCEPR staff at

Please note that submission of the annual report and payment of the annual fee are required in addition to the periodic application for continued recognition and associated fee.

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CERP Provider Workshop Scheduled for October 19 in Atlanta

Members of the Commission will present an informational session for continuing dental education providers in conjunction with ADA 2017—America’s Dental Meeting. The workshop will review key CERP Recognition Standards and the application self-assessment process. The session will be held Thursday, October 19, from 9:30 am–12:30 pm in Atlanta, GA. 

ADA CERP Recognition Actions—April 2017

At its meeting April 6, 2017, the Commission considered 10 new applications for recognition, 38 applications for continued recognition, 19 progress reports and four reports of substantive change. The Commission granted recognition or continued recognition to a total of 45 providers of continuing dental education, including 9 new applicants. Three providers received notification of the Commission’s intent to withdraw recognition for failure to meet program requirements unless improvements are documented by a specified  date. The Commission discontinued recognition of nine providers at the request of the  providers.  non clickable cerp logo Including the Commission’s April 2017 actions on recognition, 450 CE providers are currently ADA CERP recognized. The Commission also approved one Pre-Application Eligibility Survey from an international provider. The official list of CERP recognized providers and the unofficial report of major actions from the meeting are posted on 


The following providers that were awarded ADA CERP recognition for four and three years!  

Four Years
A-dec, Inc.
American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Dental CE Solutions, LLC
Federal Bureau of Prisons, Health Services Division
Florida Dental Association
Hawaii Dental Association
Henry Schein Dental Specialties Group
International Marketing Ventures Ltd.
Missouri Dental Association
New Orleans Dental Association
Oregon Dental Association
Professional Learning Services, LLC

Three years
American Academy of Periodontology
Center for Advanced Dental Education at Saint Louis University
Idaho State Dental Association
Midwest Implant Institute
Montana Dental Association
Neoss Inc.
Northwest Foundation for Maxillofacial Research and Education
Progressive Orthodontics & Progressive Dentistry
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
St. Barnabas Hospital
Toronto Academy of Dentistry
University of Washington Continuing Dental Education

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List Your Courses on 

CERP recognized providers are encouraged to post information about their courses on the CCEPR web site. Dental professionals anywhere in the world can access the CERP Course Listing and search for courses by date, location, provider, or category. The course listing is advertised periodically in ADA publications. For information on how to login and post course information, contact Alejandro Lerma at

Future Application Deadlines

Providers with recognition terms ending December 2017 must submit applications for continued recognition by June 30, 2017. Application forms and instructions for this cohort of providers were emailed in December 2016. Please contact Commission staff as soon as possible if your recognition ends in December 2017 and you have not received application materials.

Providers with recognition terms ending in June 2018 will receive application materials in December.  Applications for continued recognition will be due January 12, 2018.

To ensure timely receipt of re-application materials, please notify CCEPR staff of any personnel changes.

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