Recognition process | Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition

ADA CERP recognition

ADA CERP offers dental professionals a way to select quality continuing dental education with confidence.

About the CERP application process

The ADA CERP application process evaluates providers for compliance with the ADA CERP Recognition Standards and Procedures (PDF). ADA CERP promotes improvements in continuing dental education through periodic reevaluation.

ADA CERP approves organizations that provide continuing dental education for dental professionals. ADA CERP does not approve individual educational activities.

The ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) also provides dental regulatory agencies with a sound basis for uniform acceptance of CE credits required for the maintenance of dental licensure.

Applications are reviewed and recognition is awarded by the ADA Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition.

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General program information

Application milestones and timelines

Upcoming Application Cycles

Pre-Application Determination of Eligibility forms and Pre-Application Process for International Providers (PPIPs) may be submitted at any time. The Commission will notify the provider, usually within eight weeks, as to whether the provider is eligible to apply for CERP recognition. Providers that are determined to be eligible will be invited to submit an application for initial recognition according to the schedule below.

Providers are encouraged to submit pre-applications as early as possible in order to allow ample time to prepare the comprehensive application.

Applications for recognition and continued recognition are accepted and reviewed by the Commission twice a year. Applications will not be accepted after the published deadline. Important dates for current review cycles are listed below.

Fall 2022

Pre-Applications and PPIPs— March 15, 2022

New providers intending to submit an application in this cycle must submit a pre-application by this date. Providers submitting pre-applications after this date and that are determined to be eligible will be invited to apply in the next application cycle.

APPLICATION DEADLINE— June 24, 2022
COMMISSION MEETING— Sept 2022
DECISION REPORTS SENT TO APPLICANT— Oct 2022
NEW RECOGNITION TERM BEGINS— Nov 2022

Spring 2023

Pre-Applications and PPIPs— Oct 1, 2022

New providers intending to submit an application in this cycle must submit a pre-application by this date. Providers submitting pre-applications after this date and that are determined to be eligible will be invited to apply in the next application cycle.

APPLICATION DEADLINE— Jan 13, 2023
COMMISSION MEETING— Apr 2023
DECISION REPORTS SENT TO APPLICANT— May 2023
NEW RECOGNITION TERM BEGINS— May 2023

Fall 2023

Pre-Applications and PPIPs— March 15, 2023

New providers intending to submit an application in this cycle must submit a pre-application by this date. Providers submitting pre-applications after this date and that are determined to be eligible will be invited to apply in the next application cycle.

APPLICATION DEADLINE— June 30, 2023
COMMISSION MEETING— Sept 2023
DECISION REPORTS SENT TO APPLICANT— Oct 2023
NEW RECOGNITION TERM BEGINS— Nov 2023

Fees

CE providers that are not currently ADA CERP recognized must pay a non-refundable pre-application fee when submitting a pre-application to determine eligibility, and an application fee when submitting an application for initial recognition. Once approved, CERP-recognized providers must also pay an annual fee. No annual fee will be required in the year the provider receives initial CERP recognition.

View fees for providers in the U.S. and Canada (PDF)

View fees for international CE providers outside the U.S. and Canada (PDF)

Non-payment of required fees within the established deadlines will be viewed as a decision by the provider to voluntarily withdraw from ADA CERP. The provider's name will be removed from the list of ADA CERP-recognized providers. Any provider wishing to reinstate its recognition following discontinuation for non-payment of fees will be required to submit an ADA CERP application and follow the established procedures for recognition.

ADA CERP fees are based on the operating expenses of the program.

Acceptance

All licensing jurisdictions within the United States and Canada with CE requirements for licensure renewal accept credits offered by ADA CERP-recognized providers. Each licensing jurisdiction may have additional criteria that must be met.