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.

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 Dental Infection Prevention and Control 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?

It depends on your goals, your educational background and your experience. Right now, you can get started with the first steps of the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control 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 Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control (CDIPC) or the OSAP-DANB Dental Industry Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control (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 and fewer steps (going from four steps to three steps). This change was made to help increase the accessibility of critical infection prevention and control knowledge that everyone in dentistry needs to keep themselves and patients safe. View the steps to earn the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program.

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

What do learners receive after passing the OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook Assessment?

Passing the eHandbook Assessment means that you have successfully completed this 3-step OSAP-DALE Foundation education. Upon receiving a passing score on the eHandbook Assessment, you will gain access to a downloadable OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program certificate that includes your name and the date you completed this 3-step program.

Where is the OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook Assessment administered?

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

Is completing the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control 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 Dental Infection Prevention and Control 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 Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program will have the requisite knowledge to teach dental staff about the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings. It can also help you demonstrate your dental infection prevention and control knowledge, and potentially help with your advancement in the workplace.

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

Check with your state’s professional regulatory body (that is, the agency that issues professional licenses to individuals to practice a given profession in a specific state) to determine its requirements for CE providers. In oral healthcare, many state dental boards recognize or require that CE credits be awarded by entities that are recognized CE providers by meeting the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA-CERP) or the Academy of General Dentistry’s Program for Approval of Continuing Education (AGD-CERP). Other professions that are not strictly oral health (such as nursing) are likely to have their own recognition criteria for CE providers.  Some state regulatory bodies also evaluate and approve CE providers/courses at the state level.

Does the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program replace the federally-mandated annual dental practicetraining in the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard?

No. By itself, the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program does not meet the requirements for the federally-mandated annual dental staff training in the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. This is because such training requires that the educator be present to answer any learner questions during the course, and none of the three organizations in this collaboration provide a 24/7 call center (which OSHA requires if the education is offered strictly online). Learn more about Training Requirements in OSHA Standards.

Certification Questions

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 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

Where is the in-person testing held?

The CDIPC and DISIPC certification exams will be given year-round 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 be asked to provide your government-issued ID, which should match the name on your test administration notice.  You will also be provided with a locker at the test center to store any personal items, such as cell phones, purses, and bags, or study materials. You will not be able to take these items with you into the exam room.  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 OSAP-DANB certifications different from being “OSHA certified?”

Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not actually certify courses or trainers and you cannot get “OSHA certified.” Courses and trainers are considered OSHA “authorized.” OSHA authorizes courses and trainers in specific areas through the OSHA Outreach Training Program. That said, dental practices do not need to receive training through an authorized OSHA Outreach Training Program to comply with OSHA requirements or to meet the annual OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards training. For more details, download 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?

No, there is no “life certification.” 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 their originally earned by completing recertification requirements, often on an annual or biannual basis. Those who fail to meet recertification requirements are no longer authorized to use the DISIPC or CDIPC certification marks.

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

There is no other infection control certification specifically for oral healthcare. In addition, other infection control certifications require more education and/or work experience specific to acute care or ambulatory care settings making them inaccessible to a large contingent of individuals who need or want infection prevention and control certification specific to dental settings.

These are the other organizations that offer nationally- and/or internationally accredited infection control certifications for other healthcare professions:

Holding one of these certifications meets partial requirements to be eligible to earn CDIPC certification through pathway two. Learn more by downloading the CDIPC certification brochure.