Earn dental assistant Certification with confidence

Understand the steps involved, and how our courses can give you the confidence you need to earn your dental assistant Certification.

How to Earn Your Dental Assistant Certification

Many dental assistants wonder how to get a dental assistant certification. If you're looking to earn national dental assisting certification, the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) is the national certification board for dental assistants. DANB exams and certifications are recognized or required by 37 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. So, if you ever plan to work in another state, holding DANB certification can help you out.

Earning and maintaining DANB certification leads to greater personal pride, increased dental assistant salary, employer recognition, and more! To learn about all the benefits of DANB certification, visit DANB’s “Why Certify with DANB?” page or see the results of DANB’s Dental Assistants Salary and Satisfaction Survey to learn how much a dental assistant makes.

So now that you’ve decided to earn DANB certification, you may be asking yourself, now what? The next step is to decide where you are in your career, and what DANB certification is right for you.

DANB’s most popular and widely recognized certification is the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification. DANB’s CDA certification is made up of three component exams: 

If you’re just starting out in your career, DANB’s National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification may be right for you. 

If you are interested in preventive or restorative functions, consider DANB’s Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) or Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA) certifications.

Whatever route you take, the DALE Foundation has the study guides to help you prepare for exam day. Visit our product catalog to learn about our review courses and practice tests.

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