Abridged CA CE License Renewal Requirements


The following is a summary of Dental Board of California CE regulations that pertain to California Licensees. You may view the complete regulations on the Dental Board of California website at www.dbc.ca.gov.

Dental License Renewal Information 

Continuing Education Requirements 


Mandatory Courses

  • Infection Control – 2 units
  • California Dental Practice Act – 2 units
  • Basic Life Support for healthcare professionals – Maximum 4 units by an AHA or ARC providing to include: Instruction in both adult and pediatric CPR; Instruction in the use of Automated External Defibrillation with CPR; Live, in-person skills practice session, a skills test and a written exam.
  • Responsibilities and Requirements of Prescribing Schedule II Opioids (Dentist only)

In addition, Cal-OSHA requires annual training in infection control and OSHA compliance of all employees who are exposed to bloodborne pathogens, whether licensed or unlicensed.  Cal-OSHA does not require the issuance of CE credit for the training, only that all be trained.


Additional Criteria

  • No more than 50% of the total required units may be taken as non-live or correspondence courses.
    Note: Interactive courses such as live video conferencing, live webinar, live lecture and live workshop demonstrations may be considered as a live course.
  • No more than eight (8) units per day can be applied to the total unit requirement.
  • Licensees are required to retain certificates of course completion that were issued to him/her at the time he/she attended a continuing education course for a period of three (3) renewal periods.
  • Dental licensees renewing for the first time are exempt from continuing education requirements.

Note: In order for the mandatory course certificates to be accepted by the Board, you must ensure that you have taken the course from an approved mandatory course provider. To identify if a provider is approved to teach the mandatory courses, please see the section titled, Mandatory Course Provider Lookup.

Completion of a course does not constitute authorization for the attendee to perform any services that he or she is not legally authorized to perform based on his or her license or permit type.

CE course certificates will be retained by the licensee for three (3) renewal periods and shall forward such certifications to the Board when requested for audit purposes. A licensee who fails to retain a certification record shall contact the CE provider and obtain a duplicate certification.