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.

CDCA Examiners

CDCA examiners possess significant professional and clinical experience and are dedicated to an independent third party licensure exam process on behalf of the oral health profession.  Most have served or are active members of their state/jurisdiction dental or dental hygiene board while many others participate as faculty from dental and dental hygiene institutions.

To further enhance its examiner group, the CDCA will receive new Consultant examiner/member applications periodically.  Applicants are vetted through its CDCA Steering Committee twice a year. Consultants are subject to review, annually. The approval/renewal process takes place in January and July of each year. The application submission/approval/renewal process takes place according to the following schedule:

APPLICATION SUBMITTEDCOMMITTEE REVIEW & DECISIONNOTIFICATION OF STATUS
Before June 1Early-Mid JulyMid-End of July
Before December 1Early-Mid JanuaryMid-End of January

If you meet the clinical and professional requirements and would like to be considered during the next review cycle, please complete our online form.  letter of recommendation from a current CDCA member, State Board or dental or dental hygiene faculty member is advised. Please be sure to have all such documentation ready before beginning an application to attach as necessary. Current consultants do not need to re-apply. Sitting State Board members do not need to apply and are asked to message us.