About the CDCA

On January 9, 2015, the NERB (North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners) adopted the operating name of The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments. While our name, logo, web address and email addresses have changed, please note that the same commitment to testing excellence and quality remains. Additionally, past, present, and future statutory and legal references to the NERB remain viable and synonymous with the CDCA.

Mission & Vision

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.

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.

How We Became the CDCA

In 1968 there were 53 different licensure exams for US states and jurisdictions.

In 1969, the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners (NERB) was founded to facilitate the licensure examination process for candidates and eliminate the need for repetition of state board clinical examinations.

The NERB quickly expanded from its original 8 member states/jurisdictions, eventually growing to include 24 member states/jurisdictions. In 2014, member states stretched from Maine to Hawaii, Oregon to Florida and Wisconsin to Mississippi.

Original logo of the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, circa 1969.

As a nonprofit, independent corporation, comprised of a consortium of member dental boards, the NERB sought to rename itself with a new name that more aptly reflected all of its members and its ongoing mission to further establish common examination standards, as well as the diversity of the types of assessments we offer state dental boards. The NERB name and original logo are still actively used in commerce.

Today, The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments administered clinical examinations are accepted in 49 different jurisdictions, including the United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Jamaica. The CDCA develops, administers, scores, and reports the results of its examinations in Dentistry and Dental Hygiene.

We remain committed to serving boards of dentistry by designing and administering assessments that are based on sound principles of testing and measurement. The CDCA is pledged to excellence, integrity, and fairness and strives to be a preeminent resource in the development, innovation, and administration of competency assessments for the oral health professions.