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CERP Program Objectives

The ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) was created to assist members of the American Dental Association, the recognized specialty organizations, the American Association of Dental Schools, the American Association of Dental Boards, and the broad-based dental profession in identifying and participating in quality continuing dental education. It is also a goal of the ADA CERP to promote continuous quality improvement of continuing dental education and to assist dental regulatory agencies to establish a sound basis for increasing their uniform acceptance of CE credits earned by dentists to meet the CE relicensure requirements currently mandated by the majority of licensing jurisdictions.

ADA CERP represents a mechanism for reviewing CE providers and recognizing those that demonstrate that they routinely meet certain basic standards of educational quality. The ADA CERP Recognition Standards and Procedures are the basis for evaluating the educational processes used by CE providers in designing, planning and implementing continuing education. This review and recognition helps individual dentists select courses presented by recognized CE providers.

Recognition of a provider by the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCEPR) does not imply endorsement of course content, products or therapies presented.

Specific objectives of the recognition program are:
  1. To improve the educational quality of continuing dental education programs through self-evaluation conducted by the CE program provider in relation to the ADA CERP standards and criteria for recognition, and/or through counsel and recommendations to CE providers from the Commission.
  2. To assure participants that recognized continuing education program providers have the organizational structure and resources necessary to provide CE activities of acceptable educational quality, i.e., activities that should assist the participant in providing an enhanced level of care to patients.
  3. To promote uniform standards for continuing dental education that can be accepted nationally by the dental profession.
  4. To assist regulatory agencies and/or other organizations responsible for granting credit in identifying those continuing dental education providers whose activities are acceptable for credit toward licensure or membership requirements or voluntary recognition programs.