California CDE Requirements

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF)
Orthodontic Assistant Permit Holder
Dental Sedation Assistant Permit Holder

# CDE Required:
25 units every 2 years (one unit = one hour of contact instruction)

Required Topics:

  • Infection control from an approved provider – 2 units
  • California Dental Practice Act and related regulations – 2 units
  • Basic Life Support – up to 4 units

More Information: California Licensing Website


  • Dental assisting licensees renewing for the first time are exempt from continuing education requirements.
  • No more than 12.5 units CE can be taken from home study or 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.

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