About the CDCA

The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) was founded in 1969 to facilitate the licensure process for candidates and eliminate the need for repetition of state board clinical examinations. The CDCA is a nonprofit, independent corporation, comprised of a consortium of 27 state and international dental boards. The CDCA administers the ADEX dental and dental hygiene examination and also develops, administers, scores, and reports the results of its own examinations.

Vision Statement

It is the vision of the CDCA to be a preeminent resource in the development, innovation and administration of competency assessments for the oral health professions.

Mission Statement

The CDCA is:
  • Committed to serving boards of dentistry by designing and administering assessments that are based on sound principles of testing and measurement.
  • Pledged to excellence, integrity and fairness.
  • Committed to a national uniform examination process dedicated to the protection of the public through cooperation with state dental boards, testing agencies, organized dental and dental hygiene, and educational institutions.