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Continuing Education and e-Portfolio

All dentists with a general or specialty certificate of registration must participate in the College’s Quality Assurance program and obtain at least 90 continuing education (CE) points in a three-year cycle. There are three CE categories. 

Category 1: Core Courses

Minimum 15 CE points per cycle

Core courses must be relevant to the practice of the profession and promote dentists’ continuing competence and maintenance of professional standards.

Core courses are offered through approved sponsors. Dentists can claim CE points only once for a core course in Category 1. You can take the same course in another cycle and claim it in Category 2.

The QA Committee approved General Principles for the presentation of core courses so that dentists receive appropriate credit for their participation.

Category 2: Approved Sponsor Courses

Minimum 45 CE points per cycle

Dentists who complete courses on a clinical dental topic offered by approved sponsors or by teaching can claim them 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

Approved Sponsors

Dental programs offered by any of the following organizations are eligible for CE credits in the approved sponsor categories.

  1. Faculty or school of dentistry or medicine (this does not include Advanced Dental Centres).
  2. Body that has been approved by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) or CERP (the ADA/CDA recognition program).
  3. National or international dental or medical association, such as CDA, ADA, FDI.
  4. Provincial or state dental or medical association or their component dental societies.
  5. Local, provincial, state, national or international dental or medical specialty associations, such as CAO, AAE. 
  6. Canadian dental or medical regulatory authorities, such as RCDSO.
  7. Study clubs approved by the College’s Quality Assurance Committee.
  8. Accredited hospital.
  9. Government agency, such as a public health unit.
  10. The military. 
  11. Qualified providers of emergency procedure programs such as CPR, ACLS and first aid.

Category 3: Other Courses

In addition to the minimum 60 points from categories 1 and 2, dentists can claim CE points from other courses.  If you attend a course/lecture/seminar on a clinical dental topic by an approved sponsor at a 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

Study Clubs

The College reviews applications from study groups formed by dentists wishing to be recognized as an approved study club. Clubs can assign CE points to the various programs and meetings they sponsor.

e-Portfolio

The e-Portfolio allows you to record your CE activities and keep track of your CE points by category. It also provides a running total of your progress, so you will know how many CE points you have claimed in each category and how many more you need to reach the required 90 CE points for the three-year cycle.

Log into your member resource centre account and click on Your e-Portfolio from the navigation menu.

Remember that 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.

The College randomly selects 75 members each month to have their e-Portfolio reviewed. The College notifies members in writing and dentists have 30 days to submit their CE documents to the College.

Questions?

Joanne Loy
Quality Assurance and Continuing Education Administrator
jloy@rcdso.org