Category 1 Core Courses

Eligibility and Approval Criteria


To be eligible for points, continuing education activities are required to:
  1. Address continuing competence, continuous quality improvement, changes in practice environments; and
  2. Incorporate standards of practice, advances in technology, and changes made to entry to practice competencies.

Approval Criteria

  • Category 1 (core) courses must be reviewed and approved by the Quality Assurance Committee.
  • To be considered for Category 1 (core) approval, they must be:
    1. Broadly relevant to the practice of the profession by all members;
    2. Applicable to the practice of the profession in Ontario;
    3. Presented in association with an Approved Sponsor;
    4. Presented by providers who are recognized experts on the subject;
    5. Developed and delivered using adult learning theory and instructional design principles;
    6. Supported by references and/or links to supportive educational materials;
    7. Free of commercial bias;
    8. Accompanied by an independent assessment component;
    9. Delivered in a way that is accessible by all members of the College from a perspective of cost and location
    10. Attentive to diverse needs within clinician and patient populations and support delivery of care in a way that is equitable and inclusive.

Application and Approval Process

Applications for Approval of Category 1 (core) Courses

  • Complete the Category 1 Course Application, including the self-assessment checklist
  • Attach required documentation, including:
    • Letter from approved course provider
    • Speaker’s signed Conflict of Interest declaration
    • Speaker’s CV/Bio
    • Presentation slides
    • Link to e-course (if relevant)
    • Quiz
    • Copy of certificate provided to participants
  • Submit the application and attachments to

Approval Process

  • The College will review your application and contact you if any additional information is required.
  • The Quality Assurance Committee will review your Category 1 (core) Course Application and provide a formal decision.
  • The College will notify you of the decision, and if your course is approved, it will be added to the list of approved Category 1 (core) courses.
  • Please note that all applications and materials must be received a minimum of 4 weeks before the Quality Assurance Committee meeting, as follows:

Quality Assurance Committee Meeting

Applications and Materials due date

October 21, 2022

September 23, 2022

December 9, 2022

November 11, 2022

Approved Sponsors

Approved sponsors are defined in QA Regulation 27/10, as:
    1. a faculty or school of dentistry or medicine,
    2. a body that has been approved by the Academy of General Dentistry or the Continuing Education Recognition Program of the American Dental Association or the Canadian Dental Association,
    3. a national or international dental association,
    4. a provincial or state dental association or one of their component dental societies,
    5. a local, provincial, state, national or international dental specialty or medical specialty association,
    6. a Canadian dental or medical regulatory authority,
    7. a hospital that is approved by the Committee,
    8. a Canadian government agency,
    9. the Canadian Forces,
    10. a qualified provider of emergency procedure programs, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, advanced care life support, first aid or of similar programs, that is approved by the Committee,
    11. a study club approved by the Committee,
    12. any other entity approved by the Committee;

Delivery Requirements

Category 1 (core) Courses: Delivery Requirements

  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.
  3. A core course must be presented as it was approved by the Quality Assurance Committee, including the assessment component, to qualify for Category 1. Other than minor changes by the speaker to ensure the accuracy of information presented, the core course cannot be modified. The course title, format, duration of the course or number of CE points awarded cannot be changed in any way. 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. Presenters should declare that they have no conflicts of interest to participants at the beginning of 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. Courses offered in person should be planned for delivery in a variety of locations to facilitate broad access across the province (e.g., London/Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa, North Bay, and Thunder Bay). The exception to this is conferences that draw sufficient participation from a single location to meet the accessibility expectations.
  9. Core courses should reflect diversity within the dental profession and embrace principles of access to care, supporting delivery of care in a way that is equitable and inclusive. The use of examples that include a range of patient populations is recommended to help dentists translate knowledge to action.
  10. When more than one presenter is involved in delivery of a session, planners should ensure diversity in the speaker group wherever possible.
  11. 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.
  12. 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)
  13. Approved Category 1 courses may include the statement “This course has been approved for XX points by the Quality Assurance Committee of the RCDSO as a Category 1 Course.” on the certificates and materials. The RCDSO logo may not be used.
  14. 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.
  15. Dentists who re-take an approved core course may claim points for it in Category 1 once per cycle.
  16. 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.