In May 2020, the Quality Assurance Committee agreed to extend the current CE cycles for all dentists by one year. This means:
- the 2017-2020 CE cycle will now end on December 14, 2021
- the 2018-2021 CE cycle will now end on December 14, 2022
- the 2019-2022 CE cycle will now end on December 14, 2023
Use the table below to determine the status of your current CE cycle and when that CE cycle will end:
|Year of Registration||Status of your current three-year cycle|
All dentists with a general or specialty certificate of registration must participate in the College’s Quality Assurance Program and obtain at least 90 CE points in a three-year CE cycle.
Dentists can earn CE points in three CE categories – Category 1: Core Courses; Category 2: Approved Sponsor Courses; Category 3 – Other.
Category 1: Core Courses
Minimum 15 CE points per cycle
Core Courses must be approved by the Quality Assurance Committee and offered through approved sponsors for dentists to receive appropriate credit for their participation.
The Quality Assurance Committee has approved General Principles (Principles for Approved Sponsors and Core Course Presenters) for the presentation of Core Courses. These courses must be relevant to the practice of the profession and promote dentists’ continuing competence and maintenance of professional standards.
The Quality Assurance Committee has also approved requirements for real-time live-streaming of core courses.
Dentists may re-take a Core Course and claim points for it in Category 2, but not again in Category 1.
Category 2: Approved Sponsor Courses
Minimum 45 CE points per cycle
Courses on a clinical dental topic offered by approved sponsors, and teaching at a university faculty of dentistry or at an approved institution, are eligible for points in Category 2.
|Courses/lectures/seminars on clinical dental topics||1 CE point per hour|
|Self-study programs with independent assessment on clinical dental topics||30 CE points maximum per three-year cycle|
|Teaching dentistry at a university faculty of dentistry, or teaching dental hygiene or Level II dental assisting at an approved institution||20 CE points for full-time teaching per semester; 10 CE points for part-time|
|Lecturing on clinical dental topics for approved sponsors||10 CE points for full day
5 CE points for a half day
|Authorship of articles or chapters relevant to the practice of dentistry for approved journals/textbooks.||10 CE points per journal article
20 CE points per textbook chapter
|Hospital rounds at approved institutions||1 CE point per meeting|
Courses on a clinical dental topic offered by any of the following organizations are eligible for CE points in the approved sponsor categories.
- Faculty or school of dentistry or medicine (this does not include Advanced Dental Centres).
- Body that has been approved by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) or CERP (the ADA/CDA recognition program).
- National or international dental or medical association, such as CDA, ADA, FDI.
- Provincial or state dental or medical association or their component dental societies.
- Local, provincial, state, national or international dental or medical specialty associations, such as CAO, AAE.
- Canadian dental or medical regulatory authorities, such as RCDSO.
- Study clubs approved by the College’s Quality Assurance Committee.
- Accredited hospital.
- Government agency, such as a public health unit.
- The military.
- Qualified providers of emergency procedure programs such as CPR, ACLS and first aid.
Category 3: Other Courses
In addition to the minimum of 60 points required for Category 1 and 2, dentists can claim CE points for other courses and continuing education activities. If you attend a course/lecture/seminar on a clinical dental topic offered by an approved sponsor at the dental convention, you may claim this portion of your CE points in Category 2 and the balance in Category 3.
|Courses/lectures/seminars on clinical dental topics by non-approved sponsors||1 CE point per hour|
|Courses/lectures seminars on non-clinical dental topics||1 CE point per hour|
|Courses/lectures/seminars on non-dental topics that are relevant to the practice of dentistry||1 CE point per hour|
|Dental society and study club business meetings||2 CE points per meeting|
|Attendance at dental conventions||6 CE points per full day
3 CE points per half day
|Self-study programs without independent assessment on clinical dental topics||20 CE points maximum per three-year cycle|
|Lecturing on clinical dental topics for non-approved sponsors||10 CE points for full day
5 CE points for a half day
|Reading of approved dental journals||5 CE points per journal (maximum of 10 CE points per year)|
|Reading of current dental textbooks||10 CE points per textbook|
The College reviews applications from study groups formed by Ontario registered dentists wishing to be recognized as an approved study club. Study clubs can issue CE points for the CE programs and meetings they provide
The e-Portfolio is a secure online program that allows you to record your CE activities and keep track of your CE points by category. It provides a running total of your points and you can see your entries logged at a glance.
Dentists are required to maintain and update their confidential e-Portfolio. To access your e-Portfolio, log into the Member Resource Centre, navigate to your personal profile, and click the ePortfolio link.
Remember to obtain your CE attendance verification document after completing a CE activity. These documents must be retained for at least five years after the end of each three-year CE cycle and submitted to the College on request.
The College randomly selects members each month for review of their e-Portfolio. Members who have been selected will be notified in writing by the College and will have 30 days to ensure that their e-Portfolio is updated, and to submit their CE attendance verification documents to the College.
CE requirements related to the Standard for sedation and anesthesia
- The Standard sets out the minimum number of CE points related to sedation and anesthesia that must be completed in a 3-year period. This 3-year period will match your CE cycle.
- CE points for sedation and anesthesia can be acquired in any category.
- Log your CE points for sedation and anesthesia in your e-Portfolio in the appropriate category.
- For the purposes of fulfilling this requirement, courses in the management of medical emergencies are accepted. Courses to acquire or maintain life-support certification (BLS, ACLS, PALS and PEARS) are NOT accepted.
- By December 14, 2021, all CE cycles will require the sedation CE points as set out by the Standard.
- As with all other CE activities, you must keep your original CE documents. These documents must be retained for five years from the end of each three-year CE cycle and submitted to the College on request.
- Questions about the CE requirements related to the Standard? Email email@example.com or call 416-961-6555 ext 4309
Quality Assurance and Continuing Education Administrator