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PRACTICAL EXAMINATION

Suspension of the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Practical Examination

Assembly Bill 1707 (Chapter 174, Statutes of 2017) authored by Assembly Member Low was signed by Governor Brown and became effective on August 7, 2017

On April 6, 2017, the Dental Board of California (Board) held a special meeting to discuss the findings of the review of the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) practical examination conducted by the Office of Professional Examination Services (OPES) of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). After reviewing the findings of the report, the Board voted to suspend the administration of the RDA practical examination effective immediately and until July 1, 2017. Pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 1752.1 at that time, the suspension of the practical examination could only remain in effect until July 1, 2017. After this date, the exam would have been reinstated as a requirement for RDA licensure.

Between April 6 and July 1, 2017, the Board licensed registered dental assistant candidates who had completed all other licensing requirements except passage of the practical exam. Also during this time, the Board sought an author to carry urgency legislation that would continue the suspension of the examination from July 1, 2017 until January 1, 2020, at which time a practical examination or an alternative means of measuring competency would be implemented. This legislation, Assembly Bill 1707 (Chapter 174) authored by Assembly Member Low was signed by Governor Brown and became effective on August 8, 2017.

The Board will resume licensing applicants who have met all other requirements of licensure except passage of the practical examination, including successful completion of the RDA Written Examination and the RDA Law & Ethics Examination. The Board encourages applicants for RDA licensure to submit applications to the Board. Applicants who submit complete applications will be issued eligibility to take the RDA Written Examination and the RDA Law & Ethics Examination.

As a result of the suspension of the RDA practical examination, the Board anticipates an increase in the number of phone, email, and mail inquires relating to RDA licensure. Please note that such inquiries may take 4-5 business days for response. Please check the Board's web site daily for updated information. Additionally, the Board encourages all interested parties to subscribe to Board email notifications at: https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/dbc/subscribe.php

WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS

Once you file your application with the Board, you will be sent information on how to separately pay for and schedule the required computerized written examinations. You will then be able to schedule the written and law & ethics examinations at your convenience through PSI.

Pursuant to Business and Professions Code 1004: Abandonment of Applications

(a) An application shall be deemed to have been abandoned in any of the following circumstances:

(1) ) The applicant fails to submit the application, examination, or reexamination fee within 180 days after notification by the board that such fee is due and unpaid.

(2) The applicant fails to take the licensing examination within two years after the date his or her application was received by the board.

(3) Except as provided in paragraph (4) of this subdivision, the applicant, after failing the examination, fails to take a reexamination within two years after the date the applicant was notified of such failure.

(4) Except as provided in paragraph (4) of this subdivision, the applicant, after failing the examination, fails to take a reexamination within two years after the date the applicant was notified of such failure.

(b) An application submitted subsequent to the abandonment of a former application shall be treated as a new application.

(c) For any other application deficiencies not listed in subdivision (a), an applicant for a license who fails to complete application requirements within one year after being notified by the board of deficiencies in his or her application, shall be deemed to have abandoned the application and shall be required to file a new application and meet all of the requirements which are in effect at the time of reapplication.

Abandoned applicants must complete the application as a new applicant, which includes submitting a new application, qualification documentation, and the appropriate fee.

To view examination statistics please go to our web page:

http://www.dbc.ca.gov/da_program/examstats.shtml

For more information, call (916)263-2300 or email da.program,@dca.ca.gov