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Licensed Dentists

Continuing Education Requirements

  • The provider giving the courses must be registered with the Dental Board for the courses to be approved. Each individual course is not approved by the Board. If you have questions about whether the provider has a current registration with the Board, call (916) 263-2300.
  • Dental licensees renewing for the first time are exempt from continuing education requirements. The minimum requirement for each renewal period after the first renewal is 50 hours of continuing education, including:
    • Basic Life Support
    • 2 hours of California Infection Control
    • 2 hours of California Dental Practice Act

You may view and download the regulations regarding continuing education by clicking on this link: Title 16 California Code of Regulations Sections 1016 and 1017


Note: Infection Control and California Dental Practice Act may be taken online at any of the registered continuing education web sites. No more than 25 Continuing Education hours can be completed through home study or other non-live instruction. Interactive courses such as live videoconferencing, live lecture and live workshop demonstrations may be used for all of the required units except for Basic Life Support course.


Out-of-State Continuing Education: Submit an application the Dental Board for course approval.