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 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.
Use the tabs below to navigate to information about our the College's continuing education program.

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
  • December 15, 2021 to December 14, 2022
  • Your 1st CE cycle will begin on December 15, 2022
  • Prior to December 15, 2011
  • December 15, 2013 to December 14, 2014
  • December 15, 2016 to December 14, 2017
  • December 15, 2020 to December 14, 2021
  • You are in the 1st year of a CE cycle.
  • Your current CE cycle will end on December 14, 2024
  • December 15, 2019 to December 14, 2020
  • You are in the 2nd year of a CE cycle 
  • Your current CE cycle will end on December 14, 2023
  • December 15, 2012 to December 14, 2013
  • December 15, 2015 to December 14, 2016
  • December 15, 2018 to December 14, 2019
  • You are in 3rd year of an extended CE cycle
  • Your current CE cycle will end on December 14, 2023
  • December 15, 2011 to December 14, 2012
  • December 15, 2014 to December 14, 2015
  • December 15, 2017 to December 14, 2018
  • You are in the 4th year of an extended CE cycle
  • Your current CE cycle will end on December 14, 2022

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

In order to receive appropriate credit for participation, Core Courses must be approved by the Quality Assurance Committee and offered through approved sponsors.

The Quality Assurance Committee has approved General Principles 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 CE points in Category 2. Attendance at a course/lecture/seminar on a clinical dental topic offered by an approved sponsor at a dental convention is also eligible for CE 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

Approved Sponsors

Courses on a clinical dental topic offered by any of the following organizations are eligible for CE points in Category 2: Approved Sponsors. 

  1. Faculty of dentistry or medicine.
  2. Body that has been approved by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) PACE, or the American Dental Association (ADA) CERP 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 teaching
  9. Government health 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 of 60 points required for Category 1 and 2, dentists can claim CE points for other courses and continuing education activities. General attendance at a dental convention, and attendance at courses on a non-clinical topic such as practice management, are eligible for CE points 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 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.

e-Portfolio

The e-Portfolio is a secure online program that allows you to record CE activities and keep track of CE points by category. It provides a running total of points and entries logged at a glance.

Dentists are required to maintain and update their confidential e-Portfolio. To access your e-Portfolio, log into the RCDSO Portal, 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 up to date., Members selected will also be required to submit their CE attendance verification documents to the College.

Questions?

Email: ce@rcdso.org

Core courses must be relevant to the practice of dentistry and designed to promote continued competence and maintenance of professional standards.

Courses must be approved by the Quality Assurance Committee. In approving courses, the Quality Assurance Committee considers whether:

  • Content is broadly relevant to the practice of the profession by all members;
  • Content is applicable to the practice of the profession in Ontario;
  • Course is presented in association with an Approved Sponsor;
  • Course providers are recognized experts on the subject;
  • Quality of the presentation and the delivery mode;
  • Includes references and/or links to supportive educational materials;
  • Absence of any commercial bias;
  • Includes an independent assessment component;
  • Accessible by all members of the College.

Once a core course is approved, both sponsors and speakers must adhere to certain general principles to ensure that members will receive appropriate credit for attending a core course presentation.

General Principles

  1. A core course must be presented in association with an approved sponsor to qualify for CE points in category 1. When presented with an unapproved sponsor, the course qualifies for points in category 3.
  2. Where the approved sponsor for the presentation is not the originating sponsor for the core course, the approved sponsor should inform the College of the presentation.
  3. A core course must be presented as it was approved by the Quality Assurance Committee, including the assessment component, to qualify for points category 1. Other than minor changes by the speaker to ensure the accuracy of information presented, the core course cannot be modified. This includes changes to the duration of the course or number of CE points awarded. Any proposed changes to an approved core course may require re-submission to the Quality Assurance Committee for review and consideration.
  4. Approved sponsors and speakers must not have a conflict of interest by virtue of any affiliation with a company that provides financial or other support for the presentation.
  5. Approved sponsors decide on the choice and organization of the presentation of a core course along with funding arrangements . While the approved sponsor may acknowledge the financial or other aid received, it should not identify the products of the company or companies that provide funding for the presentation.
  6. Negotiations for space or types of promotional displays at core course presentations should not be influenced by funding arrangements. Where possible, all company booths, tables and displays should be located outside the presentation theatre.
  7. Every effort should be made to use generic names rather than trade names in the core course presentation. In particular, speakers should not engage in peer selling.
  8. Core courses should be accessible by all members of the College. While the fee for members and non-members of the approved sponsor (e.g. Component Dental Society, Approved Study Club) may be different, the fee for non-members should be reasonable and based on cost recovery for the presentation.
  9. To award CE points in Category 1, approved sponsors must make reasonable efforts to ensure that dentists have attended the full presentation and completed the assessment component.
  10. Approved sponsors must provide attendees with course certificates or other proof of attendance documents. Course certificates should include:
    • the dentist’s name
    • the title of the core course presentation
    • the speaker’s name
    • the approved sponsor’s name
    • the date of the core course presentation
    • the number of CE points awarded in Category 1 (as specified by the Quality Assurance Committee)
  11. Approved sponsors must provide certificates or other documentation at the end of the presentation, having first verified that the dentist attended the full presentation and completed the assessment component.
  12. Approved sponsors must maintain attendee records for a minimum of eight years following the date of the event, including either the original sign-in/sign-out sheets and assessment sheets OR an administrative record that summarizes this information for each attendee.

Core Courses must be approved by the Quality Assurance Committee. Core Courses must be relevant to the practice of dentistry and designed to promote continued competence and maintenance of professional standards. In approving courses, the Quality Assurance Committee considers several criteria: Principles for Approved Sponsors and Core Course Presenters.

In addition, the Quality Assurance Committee has agreed that real-time live-streaming of a Core Course offers dentists a suitable method of obtaining continuing education and can satisfy the criteria for Core Courses, provided that the following requirements are met:

  1. The course provider must be able to confirm a member’s attendance for the full course presentation; that is, the member logged into the presentation and was registered as being present from the beginning and through to the end of it.
  2. The course provider must be able to confirm a member’s attention during the course; for example, the member has responded to periodic interactive elements, such as polling questions, roughly every 30 minutes that require a response within a window of time.
  3. The speaker must agree to invite and answer questions from members who are attending remotely.
  4. The course provider must be able to confirm a member’s submission of a completed assessment.

Regarding the second requirement noted above and the possible use of interactive elements to fulfill this requirement, the Quality Assurance Committee has set a minimum requirement of 80% for responses by each member.