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Application Process

The ADA CERP application process is based on an assessment of a continuing education provider’s eligibility to participate in the program and its compliance with the ADA CERP Recognition Standards and Procedures.  

New applicants must first complete a pre-application process to determine eligibility. If eligible, providers next submit an application for recognition. Pre-application forms may be submitted at any time. These will be reviewed by the Commission and the applicant notified of the Commission’s findings regarding eligibility, usually within eight weeks. 

If the Commission determines that a provider is eligible to apply, the provider then submits an application for CERP recognition. The application asks providers to assemble operational policies and procedures and documentation for several CE activities, and to conduct a self-assessment of whether they meet the CERP Standards. This self-assessment is intended to be a tool to stimulate each organization’s growth as a provider of continuing dental education. It is an opportunity to identify strengths and areas for improvement based upon defined descriptions of the CERP Standards.

Applications are reviewed by the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition. The Commission evaluates the provider’s self-assessment and supporting documentation to make an independent recommendation regarding recognition. 

Applications for initial and continued recognition are accepted and reviewed by the Commission twice a year. Deadlines for submitting applications are in January and June according to the published schedule. Applicants will receive a Decision Report informing them of the recognition decision after the regularly scheduled Commission meeting during which the applications were considered. Recognized providers are awarded terms of recognition of two, three or four years, based on the level of compliance demonstrated and the complaint history of the provider.

If the Commission determines that more information is required to make a decision regarding recognition status, or the provider only minimally meets the standards and criteria, action to determine recognition status may be postponed definitely pending submission of additional information or a new application, or recognition may be granted, contingent upon submission of a progress report within six months to one year.

To maintain CERP recognition, providers must submit an application for continued recognition. The Commission will notify providers regarding the re-application process approximately 12 months prior to the provider’s recognition expiration date, and applications for continued recognition are due approximately six months before the provider’s recognition expiration date.
View pre-application materials.

View application materials.