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CE Requirements

Every three years, all Michigan dentists must renew their licenses and certify compliance with state continuing education rules by submitting their application for license renewal. Renewals occur on Aug. 31 each year (through 2021, at that point, the new MIPlus Licensing platform goes into effect). on a rotating basis so that one-third of the licensed dental population renews each year. For the preceding three-year period, dentists must maintain records of CE activities and current CPR certifications according to the state's rules of mandatory continuing education.

NOTE: Effective Jan. 6, 2017, revised Board of Dentistry Rules went into effect with significant changes. View the changes here.


CE Requirements Remain in Effect During Pandemic

All licensed dental staff should be aware that Michigan’s mandatory dental continuing education requirements remain in place despite the pandemic and cancellation of many in-person CE courses.

However, Executive Order 2020-13 does provide LARA authority to recognize hours worked responding to the COVID-19 emergency through April 14 as hours toward continuing education courses.  If audited, a licensee who wishes to claim his/her hours worked responding to the COVID-19 emergency as hours toward continuing education courses or programs would have to submit a self-attestation regarding those hours.  One hour worked responding to the COVID-19 emergency will amount to one hour of CE.

If your license is expiring this year, be sure to complete the necessary CE before you apply for relicensure. If you are in need of CE, now is the time to attend live webinars, catch up on your reading, or take online CE courses.

Requests for waivers

Requests for waivers of CE requirements are rarely granted by the Board of Dentistry and then for extreme long-term circumstances only. Requests for waivers must be submitted in writing within a 90-day period preceding the expiration of dental licenses. They must be submitted prior to submitting license renewal applications.

A written request for a waiver must be submitted by mail to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Professional Licensing, Attn: Board of Dentistry, P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909 or by email to BPLHelp@michigan.gov and should include supporting documentation for the reason for the waiver. The Board of Dentistry cannot prospectively waive continuing education requirements.

The best advice for licensed dental professionals is to take the necessary CE now as needed prior to renewing a license in August. Do not fail to take the needed CE, and do not falsely attest to taking the required CE prior to submitting your renewal application.

For questions about continuing education and CE requirements, email Andrea Sundermann, MDA director of continuing education.


Dentist

(Three-year renewal requirements for Continuing Education)

Up to 10 hours may be obtained by reading articles, magazines, etc., that are related to dentistry. You should document what you read, keeping the article if possible, and how long it took you to read it.

A minimum of 20 hours must be done in a classroom setting or in-person seminar, or by watching a live webinar that features an interactive segment. Recorded webinars do not qualify as classroom credit.

Up to 30 hours of CE may be done online and through recorded webinars. Be sure the courses are approved by the ADA, AGD, or Michigan Board of Dentistry.

Three hours of the required 60 credits must be in pain management.

A one-time, one-hour course in human trafficking recognition is required.

CPR: In addition to the required 60 CE credits, dentists must also carry a current Basic Life Support CPR card at all times. Recertification must be done in a hands-on class. Online CPR certification is not acceptable for licensed health care professionals. CPR is a general education requirement, so CE credit is not granted for CPR courses.


RDA/RDH

(Three-year renewal requirements for Continuing Education.)

RDAs/RDHs are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of CE over a three-year period. CE credits can be earned in the following ways:

Up to 10 hours can be obtained FREE by reading articles, magazines, etc. that are related to dentistry. Document what you read (keep the article if possible) and how long it took you to read it.

Minimum of 12 hours have to be done in a classroom setting, or by watching LIVE webinars. Live webinars that are being watched after the live session has ended (IE watching it a week after it originally was broadcast) do not qualify as classroom credit, only as online.

Up to 18 hours can be done online (courses must be approved by ADA, AGD or MI Board of Dentistry to qualify).

2 hours of the 36 credits required must be in pain management.

1 hour of Human Trafficking Identification is required. For licenses expiring in August 2018, you have until August 2021 to complete this requirement. For licenses expiring in 2019 and beyond, it must be completed in your current renewal cycle.

Additional Requirements

RDA/RDH Specific Courses: 12 of your 36 hours/credits must be related to your specific credentials (RDA or RDH).

CPR: In addition to the required 36 CE credits, RDAs/RDHs must also carry a current Basic Life Support CPR card at all times. Recertification must be done in a hands-on class. Online CPR certification is not acceptable for licensed health care professionals. CPR is a general education requirement, so CE credit is not granted for CPR courses.

To locate CPR courses near you, please go to: https://www.onlineaha.org.


Resources

In need of CE credits? Check out these valuable sites below, with many offering FREE courses!