Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control™

I strongly believe that those in charge of infection control must have proper education and credentials, not just be trained on the job.

Anonymous respondent

From dental infection control survey conducted December 2016

Build your infection control expertise and elevate your career!

The OSAP-DANB Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control™ (CDIPC™) certification program is intended for:

  • All dental team members who perform infection prevention and control in a dental setting
  • Supervisors or educators of those who perform infection prevention and control
  • Healthcare professionals* who inspect or investigate dental settings for compliance with federal infection prevention and control guidelines and standards on behalf of government, regulatory, accrediting, or public health authorities

The CDIPC certification exam will be available in early 2022.

*Healthcare professionals (e.g., D.D.S.; D.M.D.; RDH; certified, registered and/or licensed dental assistant; or licensed, registered or certified healthcare professional).

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Why is professional certification in dentistry important?

74% of dental team members and educators said that the knowledge required to perform infection control tasks should be updated every year. And yet most states have no mandatory education or training requirements for implementing dental infection control protocols. By earning certification, dental professionals not only verify their current knowledge in dental infection control, they commit to maintaining that knowledge through the ongoing continuing education requirement to maintain certification. Holding certification sets you apart and demonstrates your commitment to ensuring patient and provider safety.

What is the value of earning CDIPC certification?

By earning CDIPC certification, professionals who work in dental settings not only verify their current knowledge in dental infection control, they commit to maintaining that knowledge through the ongoing continuing education requirement to maintain certification. Holding certification sets you apart and demonstrates your commitment to ensuring patient and provider safety.

Benefits to those who work in dental settings include:

  • Increased performance and job satisfaction
  • Deeper level of connection and credibility with stakeholders (e.g., patients, team members, employers, students)
  • Potential new career growth opportunities
  • Demonstrated commitment to patient and dental team safety
  • Verification of knowledge-based competence in dental infection prevention and control
  • Fulfills a requirement for the AADOM Diplomate (DAADOM) designation
  • Fulfills a requirement for the OSAP-DANB Dental Industry Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control™ (DISIPC™) Certification

Benefits to state dental boards

Many if not most state dental board representatives are looking for ways to help their state regulatory bodies verify that dental professionals are compliant with federal and state dental infection prevention and control standards, guidelines, regulations and rules.

OSAP and DANB surveyed dental board administrators and many agreed that “independent, voluntary certification in infection prevention and control and safety for dental team members charged with the role of Infection Control Coordinator” would help their state dental board to address compliance with federal and state law related to infection control and safety.

What kind of career opportunities will be open to me if I earn CDIPC certification?

Although everyone who meets the CDIPC exam eligibility requirements may consider earning CDIPC certification, OSAP and DANB have identified these stakeholder groups as “target audiences” for CDIPC certification, to enhance their knowledge and advance their professional position:

  • All dental team members who perform infection prevention and control in a dental setting
  • Supervisors and educators of those who perform infection prevention and control in a dental setting
  • Healthcare professionals* who inspect or investigate dental settings for compliance with federal infection prevention and control guidelines and standards on behalf of government, regulatory, accrediting, or public health authorities

*Healthcare professionals (e.g., D.D.S.; D.M.D.; RDH; certified, registered and/or licensed dental assistant; or licensed, registered or certified healthcare professional).

CDIPC certification can help you in your current role, as well as help you stand out if you are considering transitioning to a new role, such as infection control coordinator.

How much is the CDIPC exam fee?

The CDIPC certification exam fee is $450.

Who is eligible to earn the CDIPC certification?

The CDIPC certification is intended for:

  • All dental team members who perform infection prevention and control in a dental setting
  • Supervisors or educators of those who perform infection prevention and control
  • Healthcare professionals* who inspect or investigate dental settings for compliance with federal infection prevention and control guidelines and standards on behalf of government, regulatory, accrediting, or public health authorities

*Healthcare professionals (e.g., D.D.S.; D.M.D.; RDH; certified, registered and/or licensed dental assistant; or licensed, registered or certified healthcare professional).

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, download the CDIPC brochure.

Do you need to hold DANB's CDA certification to earn the CDIPC certification?

There are two pathways to earning CDIPC certification. Holding DANB’s CDA certification is one of several options to fulfill the educational requirements for Pathway I. To learn more about the eligibility requirements, download the CDIPC brochure.

What will be required to maintain CDIPC certification?

The CDIPC certification will need to be maintained by meeting recertification requirements, including earning continuing education credits. To learn more, download the Recertification Requirements Fact Sheet.