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Continuing Education Regulatory FAQ

According to state regulations, Washington dentists are required to complete 21 clock hours of continuing education every year as part of the dental license renewal process. In Washington state, dentists are required to renew their dental license before their birthday. The following are frequently asked questions about continuing education and licensure renewals. Please refer any additional continuing education questions to Mike Walsh at

How do I demonstrate that I have completed my continuing education requirement?

If you renew your license through the mail, you must sign and date a box on the renewal form where you attest that you have completed all of your continuing education requirements. In the past, this attestation box was located on the back page of the renewal notice. WSDA worked with the Department of Health and was able to get this attestation box moved to the front of the renewal form below where the payment information is listed. WSDA advocated for this change to help ensure all dentists successfully renew their licenses on time.

For online renewals, the attestation is a required field that must be completed before the renewal can be successfully submitted. Click here for more information on online renewals.

How does the Department of Health enforce continuing education requirements?

Every month, the Department of Health randomly selects between 10 and 30 dentists who have renewed their license in that month and asks them for their continuing education documentation from the previous year.  DOH then reviews the course documentation to ensure it is in compliance with the regulations. According to DOH data, just under 20% of audited documentation is not in compliance. Dentists who are found not to be in compliance are required to submit their CE documentation to DOH the following year.

How can WSDA help keep me in compliance with the continuing education requirements?

Dentists can complete up to 16.5 of their required 21 continuing education hours by attending WSDA's annual Pacfic Northwest Dental Conference.

If any of your CE was completed at the PNDC, a component society event, or any other event where you scanned your WSDA membership card through a WSDA scanner, then the only documentation you need for these CE credits is a printout of your CE credits from The Source. To access your CE records, login using your last name and your WSDA or ADA ID number and select "Continuing Education Credit Tracking." On this page, all of your credits tracked through a WSDA CE scanner will be recorded in one section and all of your manually entered CE will be recorded in a separate section. CE that was not tracked through a WSDA scanner will require additional documentation such as a paper certificate of completion.

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