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Report: ADA CERP-recognized providers offered 220,800 hours of continuing education

March 22, 2017

By Kimber Solana

When it comes to continuing education, dental professionals had plenty to choose from in 2015.

The ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program-approved providers offered more than 28,000 CE courses that year, according to the 2016 annual report released in March by the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition, which oversees ADA CERP.

Those courses represented 245,434 hours of instruction dedicated to learning new skills, clinical techniques and expanding practice management. That is up from 222,893 hours offered in 2014.

ADA CERP, established in 1993, provides ADA members and the dental community a way to select quality continuing dental education. 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 U.S. for maintenance of dental licensure, according to the annual report.

Providers are evaluated in 14 aspects of CE program quality. Only providers that can meet ADA CERP standards and procedures are granted approval and are authorized to use the ADA CERP logo and recognition statement. Providers are held accountable for maintaining those same high standards through periodic reevaluation.

ADA CERP approved 442 providers of continuing dental education in 2015, up from 435 in 2014.

For more information or to view the annual report, visit A list of upcoming CE courses offered by ADA CERP-recognized providers is available at