Local District and Study Club CE
Requests for CE Certificates

Local District Dental Societies and Study Clubs are a great option for those seeking continuing education close to home. Societies and Clubs promoting their events are encouraged to include them on the GDA event calendar

Local District Dental Societies

Pursuant to Georgia Board of Dentistry Rule 150-3-.09 (2) (a), as tripartite affiliates of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Board of Dentistry recognizes the local District Dental Societies as approved CE providers in Georgia.
As approved CE providers, District Dental Societies are encouraged to create and distribute Verification of Participation forms (CE certificates) for each CE event from their district (and not from GDA). We've made it easy for you. 
Click here to download your district's Verification of Participation form now.

We also recommend that you distribute this sign-in sheet so you have a record of attendees.

Study Club Requests for CE Certificates

Requests for Verification of Participation forms (CE certificates) for district dental societies and study clubs require considerable administrative effort by the GDA staff. For this reason we ask that anyone requesting Verification of Participation forms follow the procedures below. Requests that do not follow these procedures will not be considered.

Prior to the Event

Please submit a Request for CE Certificate form at least 30 days prior to the event.

During the Event
Use this event sign-in sheet to register participants for the event. Distribute this Evaluation Form (Word Document - your input is required for the first section) after the event.

After the Event
Complete this spreadsheet with information on all CE Event participants and email the completed document to Sheila Watson at Sheila@gadental.org. CE certificates will be emailed to each participant within 30 days of receipt of this spreadsheet.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For GDA to provide CE certificates for an event the submitting organization must confirm the event meets the minimum standards established in this document.

CE Certificates for non-members

Verification of Participation forms (also known as CE certificates) are a benefit of GDA membership. Per GDA policy, participants in study club CE events that are not GDA members and receive a GDA issued Validation of Participation form will be charged a $25 fee.

GDA policy on CE Certificates for Study Clubs

<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Continuing Education Protocol</strong> - <strong>Study Clubs</strong></p>
<p><strong>2012 Policy Background:</strong> In 1992 the GDA began an aggressive CE program to assist members in obtaining their required 40 hours. The first licensure renewal requiring the 40 hours was 1993. The 1992 CE chairman, Dr. Mike Stewart, in consultation with the GDA CE Committee developed guidelines for sponsored courses. Note that the mission is &ldquo;to make responsible and reasonably priced continuing education available to its membership.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Over the past several years, requests for GDA approval for study club CE courses has grown considerably. GDA staff manages the process since this is an additional, tangible benefit of GDA membership. However, a few member dentists are requesting approval for courses to be approved that the individual dentist is providing either to his/her referring dentists or to the dental hygienists of referring dentists. There has also been a request to provide verification forms to non-dental members of study clubs, such as attorneys, physical therapists, physicians, nurses. Since the inception of the CORPS program (associate membership for auxiliary staff), we have stated that a benefit of CORPS membership is CE approval for valid auxiliary staff study clubs. One dental hygiene study club in Rome has participated for many years at the request of the Northwestern District.</p>
<p><strong>2017 Policy Amendment Background:</strong> In July 2017, the BOT asked the Education &amp; Training Advisory Council to consider revising the 2012 Study Club policy to allow GDA to issue CE certificates to GDA non-members for a fee. The BOT also requested the E&amp;T Advisory Council consider requests of the Specialist for CE certificates.</p>
<p><strong>2017 BOT Motion: The GDA Board of Trustees moves to approve the following revised protocol for GDA issuing continuing education credits for study clubs:</strong></p>
<p>The overriding philosophy developed by the CE Committee and affirmed by the Board of Trustees has been that GDA-provided services, including GDA sponsored CE courses, should be for GDA members. With that philosophy in mind, the Board of Trustees in 2012 maintained that the GDA would assist study clubs in providing CE credit for GDA members. The BOT also desires to provide a way for Study Clubs to provide credits for their members who are non-GDA members. The Study Club will be charged a fee of $25 for each Non-member that attends a Study Club meeting to receive CE credits. CE credits are a member benefit, and should not be diminished by providing non-member with the same advantages of membership at no cost.&nbsp;</p>
    <li>Study clubs can be loosely organized groups of dentists or more formal arrangements with bylaws and requirements. Study clubs convene to discuss patient and dental practice matters. A variety of presenters is utilized and can cover a broad range of dental topics as well as case presentations. The Study Clubs may be used as a recruiting tool for GDA membership, as well as a networking program that includes non-members.<strong> </strong>The study club shall submit a set roster of members to verify GDA members and non-members prior to requesting credit for a course. If membership changes, the new roster must be forwarded to the GDA Executive Office. &nbsp;Dental auxiliary staff (i.e., dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental office staff) may also be members of the study club and receive the appropriate verification of attendance at GDA sanctioned study clubs. <strong>The GDA will provide verification of attendance forms for non-dental personnel and/or non-member dentists. However, a $25 fee will be charged to the Study Club for each non-member. </strong>To impose the fee for non-members GDA will invoice the Study Club $25 for each non-member that is listed on the attendee roster for CE credits. Each study club will be responsible for collecting these fees and will determine if they will pass on the fee for CE credits for non-members to the attendee.</li>
<p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The GDA will not provide approval of individual dentists providing courses to referring dentists or dental hygienists. Individual Dentists/Specialists that want to provide educational courses that provide CE credits administered by GDA, should form a study club. This will allow them the opportunity to secure CE credits for members and non-members that attend courses they present.</p>
<p>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A calendar of courses is submitted listing the <strong>course name and outline, presenter, date and number of hours, preferably two weeks in advance of the course.&nbsp;</strong></p>
<p>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The GDA Executive Office provides the CE certificates for each course to the study club coordinator who will distribute to those that attended.&nbsp;</p>
<p>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; After the course is held, the study club coordinator <strong>sends a list of attendees to the GDA Executive Office for their records (i.e., a legible sign-in sheet)</strong>. &nbsp;The GDA staff will use this list to determine members/non-members receiving certificates and bill the study club accordingly. The list of attendees is held at the GDA office in case an attendee is audited and verification is required. Please note that this is an honor system. Any violations will be taken to the Board of Trustees for appropriate action.</p>
<p>Please note that Study Clubs can utilize other methods to obtain CE recognition for its members. The group can apply through the American Dental Association&rsquo;s CERP program (<a href="http://www.ada.org/">www.ada.org</a>) or the Academy of General Dentistry&rsquo;s PACE program (<a href="http://www.agd.org/">www.agd.org</a>). </p>
<p><strong>Adopted by the GDA Board of Trustees, August 11, 2012</strong></p>
<p><strong>Amended by the GDA Board of Trustees, September 29, 2017</strong></p>

Verification of CE Event Minimum Standards

<p>The Georgia Dental Association (GDA) is a participant in the American Dental Association&rsquo;s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP), which reviews and approves institutions, organizations and individuals that provide continuing dental education.</p>
<p>To qualify for CERP recognition, GDA is evaluated in 14 aspects of program quality. Only providers that can meet the ADA CERP Recognition Standards and Procedures are granted recognition and are authorized to use the ADA CERP logo and recognition statement. Once approved, ADA CERP recognized providers must maintain the same high standards and are reevaluated periodically.</p>
<p>In order to maintain its ADA CERP recognition, GDA must ensure that all of the events it hosts or sponsors must be held to the following set of minimum standards:</p>
<p><strong>ADA CERP Minimum Standards for CE Events</strong></p>
<p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The CE provider offers a planned program of continuing dental education activities consistent with the definition of continuing dental education provided in the ADA CERP Glossary. The CE provider must demonstrate oversight by an independent advisory committee. The provider must have offered a planned program of CE activities for at least 12 months.</p>
<p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A CE provider must ensure that all courses offered for continuing education credit have a sound scientific basis in order to adequately protect the public. CCEPR reserves the right to require that the applicant provide documentation that courses offered by the provider have a sound scientific basis and proven efficacy in order to ensure public safety.</p>
<p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The CE provider must demonstrate that it assumes the financial and administrative responsibility of planning, publicizing and offering the continuing education program consistent with the definition of provider in the CERP Glossary.</p>
<p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The CE provider must ensure that the educational methods are appropriate to the stated objectives for the activity and, when participation is involved, enrollment must be related to available resources to assure effective participation by enrollees.</p>
<p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The CE provider must ensure that the facilities selected for each activity are appropriate to accomplishing the educational method(s) being used and the stated educational objectives.</p>
<p>By providing Verification of Participation forms to other organization&rsquo;s events, GDA becomes a sponsor of that event and therefore must adhere to the ADA CERP Joint Providership Policy, which requires GDA to assume administrative responsibility for development, distribution, and/or presentation of continuing education activities. GDA is also responsible for ensuring compliance with these standards. </p>
<p><strong>By submitting an online <a href="https://ebusiness.ada.org/meetings/MeetingPo3.aspx?ID=59611&amp;PO3ORGAPICODE=GA000HG8754E4WT" target="_blank">Request for Verification of Participation Form</a> from GDA, you are attesting and confirming that the corresponding CE event meets the minimum standards established above.</strong></p>