Continuing Education (CE) Information
- Continuing Education for License Renewal
- Continuing Education Units Required
- Registered Provider Lookup
- Continuing Education Audits
- Registered Dental Hygienists Renewing for the First Time After Issuance of License
- Exemption from Continuing Education
- CE Frequently Asked Questions
Continuing Education for License Renewal
In the State of California, registered dental hygienists (RDH) are required by law pursuant to Business and Profession Code (BPC) section 1936.1 and Title 16, California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 1016 and 1017, to complete continuing education units (RDH, RDH in extended functions - 25 units, RDH in alternative practice - 35 units), in addition to paying a renewal fee, to maintain a current, active license. Continuing education courses must be completed during the preceding renewal period (when renewing), or during the preceding two years (when renewing a delinquent or lapsed license or going from an inactive to active license). Mandatory courses required by the Board for license renewal include: A Board-approved course in Infection Control, a Board-approved course in the California Dental Practice Act and completion of certification in Basic Life Support. Of the required continuing education units, non-live instruction such as recorded courses, home study materials, non-live webinars where interaction does not occur, etc. shall not exceed 50% of the total required units. Courses must be taken through a continuing education provider recognized by the Dental Board of California, the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) or the Academy of General Dentistry’s Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE).
Continuing Education Units Required
For the purposes of renewal of a license or permit, the following total units are required:
|Registered Dental Hygienist||25|
|Registered Dental Hygienist In Extended Functions||25|
|Registered Dental Hygienist In Alternative Practice||35|
Registered Provider Lookup
DENTAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA
To determine if a provider is approved, you will utilize the online DCA BreEZe License Search tool. You may look up a company or individual who was issued a license/permit issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs for the professions listed.
The registered CE provider must have a "Current-Active" permit that is not "expired" in order to be valid.
CE Provider Example:
Mandatory CE Provider Example
CERP/PACE Approved Courses
With the exception of mandatory courses, you may also obtain credit from attending continuing education courses given by providers approved by the American Dental Association's Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) or the Academy of General Dentistry's Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) and must obtain a certification of attendance from the provider or sponsor. You may utilize the search tools below for CERP and PACE courses. Courses must be approved by CERP or PACE at the time you take the course.
Find a PACE approved provider.
Continuing Education Audits
Pursuant to BPC 1936.1 (a), the Board is required to conduct random audits of at least 5 percent of the licensee population each year to ensure compliance of the continuing education requirement. Licensees are required to retain CE certificates of course completion for a period of 3 license renewal cycles (6 years) as proof of CE completion in the event of an audit.
To avoid any enforcement action being taken against your license, including but not limited to the issuance of a citation and fine, you must satisfy the required number of continuing education units biennially for your license/permit type, as outlined in Title 16, CCR sections 1016 and 1017.
Registered Dental Hygienists Renewing for the First Time After Issuance of License
If you obtained your RDH license within the past two years and this is your first renewal, you are exempt from the CE requirements to renew the license if your first license renewal occurs less than 24 months from the date of issuance. Licensees are placed on a biennial license renewal cycle where the license will expire on the last day of the birth month in an even or odd year depending upon the year the licensee was born. After the first license renewal, licensees are required to accumulate the required number of continuing education units within the biennial renewal period prior to the license’s next expiration date.
Exemption from Continuing Education
Pursuant to Title 16, CCR section 1017(m), a licensee who has not practiced in California for more than one year because the licensee is disabled does not need to comply with the continuing education requirements during that renewal period. The licensee must certify in writing to the Board they are eligible for waiver of the continuing education requirements. If the licensee returns to work, they must notify the Board and comply with the continuing education requirements for subsequent renewal periods.
CE Frequently Asked Questions
Will the Board accept my CE certificates if my name has been changed? Will the Board accept my CE certificates if my name has been changed?
Can any additional CE hours completed beyond the required amount to renew my license be used for the next license renewal?
I have been selected for an audit and am both an RDH and RDHAP, how many CEUs am I required to submit?
- 2 CEUs of Infection Control. Title 16 CCR §1017(a)(1)
- 2 CEUs of the California Dental Practice Act. Title 16 CCR §1017(a)(2)
- A maximum of 4 CEUs of a course in Basic Life Support. Title 16 CCR §1017(a)(3)
I am enrolled in a part-time program to complete my Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Can I use those units towards my CEU requirements?
In the event of an audit, a licensee must:
- Be enrolled in a full-time educational program in the field of dentistry during the timeframe of the audit.
- Required to complete the mandatory CE courses; CA Dental Practice Act, Infection Control and CPR/BLS within the timeframe of the audit.
- Present school transcripts to the Board as evidence of enrollment and course completion.