Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is the OSAP-DANB-DALE Foundation Collaboration?

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the DALE Foundation are working on a comprehensive infection control education and credentialing initiative. The collaboration includes four elements:

 

Where do I start?

Right now, you can begin with the educational program: the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program (OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program).

In late 2020, OSAP and DANB will introduce two new professional certifications:

Why should I pursue any of these programs?

There are many reasons to pursue one of these programs. One main reason is for you to demonstrate your current, verified knowledge in dental infection prevention and control – to your employer, to other important stakeholders, and to yourself. A second important reason to complete the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program and/or earn an OSAP-DANB certification is to enhance your professional growth – to expand your expertise in dental infection control and demonstrate your knowledge-based competence in these areas. Completing one of these standardized programs will set you apart to employers and patients.

Which option is right for me?

Right now, you can get started with the first steps of the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program. Some may wish to stop there. However, if you would like to earn a certification and be able to add a professional designation after your name, pursue the OSAP-DANB CDIPC and/-or the DISIPC certification programs.

What is the difference between a certificate program, a certification, and a credential?

These words may sound similar, but they have different meanings.

A credential is the umbrella term for licensure, registration, professional certification or anything else that provides the basis for confidence in an individual’s competency or proficiency in a subject area or profession.

A certificate program is a training or education program on a particular topic. Typically, participants receive a certificate for completing the program. Any required assessment is linked to specific educational learning objectives. Participants do not receive credentials or letters after their name for completing a certificate program.

Certification is a voluntary process by which a non-governmental entity grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to an individual after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria. Typically, certification programs include education and/or experience requirements and passing a certification exam built from a weighted exam outline based on the results of a formal job analysis. Only those who meet all certification requirements (including periodic renewal requirements) are authorized to use a specific certification mark (in this case, DISIPC or CDIPC).

What if I have more questions?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Certificate Program Questions

Why have the steps to the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program changed?

OSAP and the DALE Foundation recently made some changes to the program to make it more accessible with fewer steps (going from four steps to three steps). View the steps to complete the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program.

For those who have previously completed any of the six options for what had been the original step 2 of the Certificate Program, these options are now among OSAP-DANB DISIPC and CDIPC certification program eligibility pathways.

How many continuing education (CE) credits will I earn by completing the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program?

CE credits will be earned as follows:

1) Understanding CDC’s Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings CDEA module = 2 CE credits
2) OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control eHandbook = 10 CE credits
3) OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook Assessment = 0 CE credits

Why isn’t a learner awarded CE credit for passing the eHandbook Assessment?

While a learner will not be awarded CE for passing the OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook Assessment, they will receive their official printable certificate to verify completion of the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program.

Where is the eHandbook Assessment administered?

It is a timed assessment, administered through the learner’s computer or mobile device.

Is completing the Certificate Program the same as earning certification?

No, this is a certificate program, not a certification. These words may sound similar, but they have different meanings.

A certificate program is a training or education program on a particular topic. Typically, participants receive a certificate for completing the program. Any required assessment is linked to specific educational learning objectives. Participants do not receive credentials or letters after their name for completing a certificate program.

Certification is a voluntary process by which a non-governmental entity grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to an individual after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria. Typically, certification programs include education and/or experience requirements and passing a certification exam built from a weighted exam outline based on the results of a formal job analysis. Only those who meet all certification requirements (including periodic renewal requirements) are authorized to use a specific certification mark (in this case, DISIPC or CDIPC).

What kind of career opportunities will be open to me if I complete the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program? Will I be eligible to teach infection control in the classroom or in dental offices or be an infection control consultant?

Those who complete the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program will have the necessary knowledge to teach dental staff about the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings. Earning the certificate can also help you demonstrate your dental infection prevention and control knowledge, and potentially help with your advancement in the workplace or credibility with consulting clients.

If I complete the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program and teach a course on this topic, am I authorized to grant CE credit to course attendees?

State professional regulatory agencies (such as state dental boards) determine eligibility for granting CE units to dental professionals. You can contact your state regulatory agency to determine how you can become a CE provider in your state. They may either approve individual providers themselves, recognize the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA-CERP), or the Academy of General Dentistry’s Program Approval for Continuing Education (AGD-PACE), or any combination of the three.

What can you say when you complete the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program? How about when you pass the OSAP-DANB CDIPC exam or DISIPC exam?

Those who successfully complete the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program, can say that they have completed a nationally-recognized education program to earn the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate, or that they have earned a certificate in dental infection prevention and control. They cannot say that they are certified in dental infection prevention and control.

Those who pass the OSAP-DANB DISIPC and/or CDIPC certification exams and maintain certification by meeting OSAP-DANB Recertification Requirements can say that they are certified, they are CDIPC (or DISIPC) certificants, and they can use the specific certification mark (“CDIPC” or “DISIPC”) after their name.

What’s the difference between successfully completing the 3-step OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program and passing the DANB Infection Control (ICE) exam?

The OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program is a comprehensive, baseline educational program. The final assessment questions (“OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook Assessment”) are linked to the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program’s learning objectives.

DANB’s ICE exam, on the other hand, is a stand-alone exam and also a component of three DANB national certification exams (National Entry Level Dental AssistantTM [NELDA®], Certified Dental AssistantTM [CDA®] and Certified Orthodontic AssistantTM [COA®]). Unlike the OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook Assessment, DANB’s ICE exam has no eligibility prerequisites. Rather than being linked to learning objectives of a specific course of study, DANB’s ICE exam items are linked to the results of a national job task analysis, a key component of a Content Validation Study of dental assistants and dental assisting educators regarding what dental infection prevention and control duties are performed by dental assistants.

After earning the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate, do I need to renew it annually?

No, since the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program is an educational program, it has no associated renewal process. Professional certification, on the other hand, such as the OSAP-DANB DISIPC and OSAP-DANB CDIPC certifications do need to be renewed periodically by meeting specific OSAP-DANB Recertification Requirements, under development.

Should more than one person in a dental practice or corporate setting earn the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate?

While everyone in dentistry would benefit from earning the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate, it is highly recommended for any person who is responsible for infection prevention and control in dental settings, or who provides education on this subject to dental team members, or who provides information to dental settings about dental infection prevention and control products and services.

What achievements earned through the OSAP-DANB-DALE Foundation Collaboration can I post in my office or otherwise publicize?

Upon successful completion of the OSAP-DALE Foundation Certificate Program, you will receive a certificate of completion that you can print and frame. Individuals who pass the OSAP-DANB DISIPC and/or CDIPC certification exams will receive a specific CDIPC or DISIPC certificate with unique ID and expiration date, suitable for framing, to document this achievement. CDIPC and DISIPC certificants will also be authorized to use one or both of these certification mark(s) after their name, as long as they continue to meet OSAP-DANB Recertification Requirements.

Certification Questions

Is passing DANB's Infection Control Exam (ICE) equivalent to earning either the CDIPC or DISIPC certification?

No. For more information, see the chart attached.

Now that OSAP and DANB are co-developing the CDIPC and DISIPC certification programs, will DANB discontinue the ICE exam?

No. For more information, see the chart attached.

What is the difference among and between DANB’s ICE exam, the CDIPC certification exam and the DISIPC certification exam?

See the chart attached.

Which DANB or OSAP-DANB certification eligibility requirements require a passing score on the DANB ICE exam, or include passing the DANB ICE exam as an eligibility requirement option?
DANB or OSAP-DANB Certification Exam Is passing the DANB ICE exam required or an eligibility option?
DANB National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) Required
DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Required
DANB Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Required
OSAP-DANB Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control (CDIPC) An option
OSAP-DANB Dental Industry Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control (DISIPC) Neither required nor an option
How can I take the OSAP-DANB certification exam(s)?

The CDIPC and DISIPC certification exams will be conducted in-person and will be given yearround at Pearson VUE testing centers across the United States.Find the location nearest you: home.pearsonvue.com/danb.

What can I expect at the in-person testing site?

You will need your government-issued ID, which must match the name on your test administration notice. Personal items, such as cell phones, purses, and bags, or study materials are not allowed in the room where the exam is administered. If necessary, a locker will be available to you at the testing site.​ Watch this video to learn more about what to expect on exam day.

What kind of documentation do I have to submit to apply for the CDIPC or DISIPC certification exams?

The CDIPC and DISIPC certification exams will be available in late 2020. The documentation requirements are being developed and will be published in early 2020.

How are the CDIPC and DISIPC different from being “OSHA certified?”

OSHA does not offer certification for trainers, but does authorize courses and trainers through the OSHA Outreach Training Program. The OSHA Outreach Training Program is entirely voluntary and not required to meet OSHA training requirements. You can read more about it at the Training Requirements in OSHA Standard document.

If I earn CDIPC and/or DISIPC certification, is it “one and done”? That is, am I certified for life?

In order to meet national and international accreditation standards for all professional certification programs, especially those used to protect the public, individuals must maintain the certification they originally earned by completing recertification requirements, usually on an annual or biannual basis. Both CDIPC and DISIPC certification programs will require recertification to remain authorized to use their certification marks.

I hold an infection control certification from another organization. How are these certifications different?

The OSAP-DANB CDIPC and DISIPC certification programs offer the only infection control certifications specifically for oral healthcare.
The following organizations offer nationally- and/or internationally accredited infection controlrelated certifications that meet partial requirements to earn CDIPC certification through pathway 2, including:

Learn more by downloading the CDIPC certification brochure.

Can an individual who lives outside of the U.S. take the OSAP-DANB CDIPC and/or DISIPC certification exams?

DANB contracts with Pearson VUE to deliver its exams electronically at secure, proctored testing centers across the U.S. and Canada, as well as some sites affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense in other countries. OSAP-DANB CDIPC and DISIPC certification exams will be administered at these Pearson VUE testing centers currently contracted by DANB. Pearson VUE has testing centers in other parts of the world, which may be able to be added to the current list of CDIPC and DISIPC testing centers, pending comparison of test security and site administrator training protocols at these other sites. We encourage candidates who qualify to take the DISIPC and/or CDIPC exams to contact DANB to indicate in which non-U.S./Canada city and country they are interested in testing, and staff will investigate options. Because of differential costs to administer U.S. exams at these sites, additional fees will apply.