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NADL Welcomes New President Jerry Ulaszek, CDT, TE

Posted on February 07, 2017

Jerry Ulaszek CDT, TE, is the President and Owner of Artistic Dental Laboratories, CDL,  in Bolingbrook, Illinois, which has been in operation since 1981.  As a business owner, and as the NADL President 2017, he is dedicated to promoting and advancing the high standards and ethics of the dental laboratory industry.

Jerry’s commitment to consistently providing the highest quality of product and services qualifies the lab as one of only three Dawson Academy dental laboratories worldwide and one of only 50 DAMAS certified labs in the USA. Jerry can proudly say that all Artistic products are made in the USA. 

Jerry has been an active member of the NADL since 2012; he has served on several committees and on the NADL Board of Directors.  He contributes regularly to the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology and is currently serving as the President of the Illinois Dental Laboratory Association. 

The National Association of Dental Laboratories is a trade association representing dental laboratories.  NADL is the unified voice for the dental laboratory industry, supporting the dental profession and serving the public interest by promoting high standards.


2017 NADL Awards

Posted on January 30, 2017

NADL Awards presented at the Vision 21 Meeting in Las Vegas

NADL honored the outstanding contributors to dental laboratory technology at the annual Vision 21 Meeting on Friday, January 20, 2017 at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners were nominated by their peers and were selected based on an objective point system.

NADL Awards Included:

NADL Supplier Member of the Year
PREAT Corporation – Grover Beach, CA

This award is presented to an NADL member manufacturer/supplier company that has made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in relation to working in the dental laboratory industry.

NADL Laboratory Member of the Year
Thayer Dental Laboratory, Inc., CDL – Mechanicsburg, PA

This award is presented to an NADL member laboratory that has made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in relation to working in the dental laboratory industry.

NADL Hall of Fame Award
Jim Glidewell, CDT – Glidewell Laboratories, Inc., CDL, Newport Beach, CA
Terry Johnson, CDT – Dental Designs, Inc., Lincoln, NE

This award is presented to an individual that has made contributions to the dental laboratory profession in general. This award holds NADL's highest honor.

Educator of the Year Award
Brooke O’Neil Pratt, MPM,CDT,TE- Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne

This award is presented to an individual educator who has made outstanding contributions in formal dental technology education.

Excellence in Education - Laboratory
Dental Designs. Inc.,- Lincoln, NE

This award recognizes a dental laboratory that has provided services to the dental technology industry in the furtherance of education.

Excellence in Education
Thomas Zaleske, AS- Matrix Dental Laboratory, Crown Point, IN

This award recognizes an individual that has provided services to the dental technology industry in the furtherance of education.

Harry Hagman Inventors Award
 Royce Thompson, Whip Mix Corporation - Mark 300 Articulator System - Ft. Collins, Co

This award honors inventors in the dental laboratory industry who hold a U.S. patent(s) or copyright(s) which bring new and innovative tools, materials and processing methods to the dental laboratory industry.

Vision Award
Shawn Nowak- Nowak Dental Supplies, Inc., Carriere, MS

This award is in recognition of incredible vision, tireless service and tremendous dedication to the dental laboratory profession.   

2017 CDT of the Year
Michael Abraham, Master CDT – Dent Tech Dental Lab, Inc., Rogers, AR.

This award presented by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC), recognizes an individual Certified Dental Technician (CDT) who has made contributions to his/her peers and the dental laboratory profession, and has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

 

 


NADL Department Manager Training Program Survey

Posted on January 26, 2017

NADL Department Manager Training Program Survey
 
The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) is researching the feasibility of establishing a training program for technicians who have recently been promoted to a supervisory position along with current department managers. It has long been our industry’s practice to promote our best technicians to become department managers, although in many cases, such individuals do not have a business management education or experiential background.
 
The NADL is conducting a nationwide survey about the potential for this program and wants your input. This survey will take approximately 3 - 5 minutes to complete. 
 
Due to the nature of this survey, it is requested that either a dental laboratory owner or general manager answer the survey.
 
Click Here to Begin the Survey!!
 
Please take a moment today and complete the NADL Department Manager Training Program Survey and help shape the future of this NADL program. Feel free to share this survey with others in the dental laboratory technology profession. It should take approximately 3 - 5 minutes to complete and your feedback is important to us. Thank you in advance for your time and your participation in improving NADL's educational opportunities.
 
Please complete the survey no later than Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
 
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact NADL at nadl@nadl.org or by calling (800) 950-1150.


Call of Board Member Candidates

Posted on December 23, 2016

Call of Board Member Candidates 

The NADL, NBC, and Foundation are seeking individuals to fill open seats on the 2018 NADL Board of Directors, 2018 NBC Board of Trustees and 2018 FDLT Board of Trustees.

New board members will be elected, or appointed, in the fall of 2017 and will take office on Jan. 1, 2018.

The boards guide the organization through proven leadership, a shared vision and support for the missions of the association. If you enjoy collaborating with other professionals and have a desire to give back to your profession, we want you!

Qualities of an Effective Board Member

-       Serving as an association leader is both an honor and a reward. It requires a proven commitment to the organization and its missions and goals.
-       Participating fully in association activities requires extra time and expense for attending meetings.
-       Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to communicate are essential to effective teamwork.
-       An effective board member brings their expertise and experience to provide value, but such experience and expertise should not drive the policy-making process.
-       Intuitive and interpretive skills enable leaders to understand the people around them, internalize the data they receive, recognize the relationships that exist between systems within their world and integrate all these elements into a coherent whole.
-       Focusing on policy-making, not the day-to-day operations of the organization is what makes an effective board.

To view eligibility requirements for board service, please visit the News Page on each organization’s website. Candidates interested in serving will be required to read and sign a board application in order to be considered for board service.

Contact Sarah at shackney@executiveoffice.org or by phone at (800) 950-1150 to request a board application. A short candidate biography and digital headshot should be submitted with the completed form. All applications must be submitted by email to shackney@executiveoffice.org by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 31, 2017. No late submissions will be considered. 

 

To download the application click here: http://nadl.org?ins6q2


NADL Winter Daze 2017

Posted on December 13, 2016

NADL Winter Daze 2017
 
You asked for more in-person continuing education. What better place to offer this than at the Mid-Winter Meetings? NADL proudly presents a half day of educational courses at LMT Lab Day. Topics range from business planning and professional development to technical education.
 
The 2017 NADL Winter Daze will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 7:30a.m. - 12:15p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. 
 
Register today for this incredible value meeting!
 
2017 Schedule of Events
 
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Regulations vs. Best Practices
     Speaker: Bennett Napier, CAE – NADL/NBC/FDLT 
     Credits: NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Regulatory Standards
     Course Description: This course will review key state and federal regulatory topics that keep lab owners up at night. The focus will be on areas that are most pressing in terms of risk management. As part of the course deliverables will be reviewing a sample action plan/checklist to get your regulatory house in order.
 
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
     Speaker: Mark Ferguson – Vulcan Custom Dental
     Credits: NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Scientific
     Course Description: With advancements in hardware, software, and manufacturing techniques the digital dental lab has workflows never seen before. Mark Ferguson with highlight several of these workflows. He will walk you through the tools and techniques currently available to bring higher quality and production to your lab. 
 
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Creating Vitality in Anterior Ceramic Restorations
     Speakers: Leon Hermanides, CDT – Protea Dental Studio, DAMAS; Heather Voss, CDT – Legacy Dental Arts
     Credits: NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Scientific
     Course Description: This course will consist of tips and techniques on how to create vitality while managing value and characterization to maximize esthetics.
 
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Complete Dentures: Tips and Tricks to Meet the Demand
     Speaker: Oscar Galvis CDT, MDT, BSHS – Nu-Crown Dental Laboratory Inc.
     Credits: NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Scientific
     Course Description: With the demand for complete denture on the rise and the dwindling number of denture technicians, it has become more imperative than ever for all dental technicians to have a basic understanding of how to fabricate quality removable prosthetics. The increase of implant over dentures is just another factor in the importance of having at least a fundamental understanding of fabricating traditional denture work. In order to be a competent denture technician it does not only mean understanding the basics at the bench but also what it means to work in cohesion with your clinicians. The goal of this course is to touch base on all steps involved in fabricating a functional and aesthetic complete denture while reducing chair time for the clinician. 
 
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NADL 2017 Component Section Meeting

Posted on December 07, 2016

NADL 2017 Component Section Meeting
 
The 2017 Component Section Meeting will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. 
 
This important meeting is for leadership and staff of an NADL Component Member. This meeting is your opportunity to learn more about your association and members, speak with others in the industry, and discover what resources NADL has available for its Component Members. If you have not received an invitation to this meeting and are interested in attending, please contact the NADL office.
 
Register today for this important meeting!
 
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NADL 2017 Education Section Conference

Posted on December 07, 2016

NADL 2017 Education Section Conference
 
The 2017 Education Section Conference will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 1:00p.m. - 5:30p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. 
 
This important meeting is for educators of a dental laboratory technology program. This meeting is your opportunity to learn more about the future of dental laboratory technology education, speak with others in the industry, and discover what resources NADL has available for its Educator Members. If you have not received an invitation to this meeting and are interested in attending, please contact the NADL office.
 
Register today for this important meeting!
 
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Exam Hosting Opportunities

Posted on November 11, 2016

Exam Hosting Opportunities
  
NBC is currently recruiting volunteer laboratories to host the written and practical Certified Dental Technician (CDT) examinations. This is an incredible opportunity to offer more testing options to dental technicians around the nation, while at the same time affording your technicians an opportunity to become certified without having to travel. Download the RG/CDT Exam Host Information brochure to learn about the requirements for hosting the CDT examinations.
 
Visit our website for more information and to download the necessary forms. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and help you prepare for hosting the CDT examinations. Please contact Deborah Caldwell if you have any questions or would like additional information at dcaldwell@nbccert.org, or by phone at (800) 684-5310.
 

 

NBC Announces Changes to Practical Examinations

Posted on September 27, 2016

NBC Announces Changes to Practical Examinations
 
NBC continues its efforts to maintain relevant and valid examinations as part of its commitment to serving the dental laboratory technology profession.  NBC recently announced updated references and an updated job task outline for its Certified Dental Technician (CDT) and Recognized Graduate (RG) examinations as part of the CDT program’s revalidation process beginning January 1, 2017.  
 
NBC is proud to announce that as part of the process of updating its certification program it will make changes to the Ceramics, Crown & Bridge and Implants practical examinations beginning January 1, 2017.  Based on the changes to the job task outlines, there will not be significant updates to the practical examinations for Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures and Orthodontics.
 
“We have announced some major changes in the last couple of months related to the updated job task outlines and new written examination references.  However, I am extremely excited about the changes we have made to the Ceramics, Crown & Bridge and Implants practical examinations.  This will be the programs’ first step towards integrating digital technology into the hands on portion of the practical examinations.” said NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT. “With these changes, candidates will be able to use digital or analog fabrication techniques in their preliminary work and will have more flexibility with choice of materials.”
 
Some of the changes to the Crown and Bridge practical examination will include allowing candidates to digitally produce their metal framework as part of their preliminary work.  Additionally, a substructure will be added to the onsite requirements to better reflect industry practices.
 
For the Ceramics practical examination, candidates still have to produce a single unit PFM; however, the metal substructure can be cast or can be fabricated using selective laser melting.  Also, the bridge is no longer required to be a PFM bridge.  Candidates will be able to use the material of their choice and can fabricate the substructure using either traditional or digital fabrication techniques. The MOD onlay will be removed from the examination and a veneer will be added to the onsite requirements in an effort to reflect the trends in the industry.
 
For the Implants practical examination, candidates will be asked to fabricate a custom abutment as part of the preliminary work and can use either traditional or digital fabrication techniques.  The preliminary denture has been completely removed from the examination, but candidates will be required to do a 1 x 14 Set Up and Wax up over two attachments.  Additionally, the Hader Bar has been replaced with a Wrap-Around Bar to better reflect what we are seeing in the real world setting. 
 
For a list of the requirements on the practical examinations for exams beginning January 1, 2017, please visit https://nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician/cdt-rg-exam.cfm#content
 
“I am so proud of the positive changes coming out of the CDT program.  This program is moving in the right direction to ensure that the CDT program remains relevant,” said Voss. “The updates to the practical examination better align our examinations to the actual work being performed in dentistry today and allow for more flexibility in fabrication techniques and material selection.  We will continue to advance this program to ensure that it provides a national standard that the industry can be proud of.”   
The CDT designation demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and applied skills in dental laboratory technology. Individuals who obtain the CDT designation have demonstrated a commitment to dental laboratory technology and proficiency not all of their peers will achieve.
 
“I am coming up on my 25th year as a CDT and I am even more proud to call myself a CDT now, than when I first earned it,” said Voss. “For me, getting my CDT wasn’t about earning more or getting additional business.  It was and still is about pride, community and building up dental laboratory technology as a respected member of the dental team.  I am proud of this program and all the changes it is making.”
 
To view the practical examination requirements beginning January 1, 2017, please visit https://nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician/cdt-rg-exam.cfm#content.  For more information on the CDT certification, visit www.nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician. If you have any questions, please contact the NBC office at (800) 684-5310 or certification@nbccert.org.

 

NBC Announces Updated Job Task Outlines

Posted on August 11, 2016

NBC Announces Updated Job Task Outlines
 
NBC is proud to announce an update to its job task outlines for its Certified Dental Technician (CDT) and Recognized Graduate (RG) examinations as part of the CDT program’s revalidation process.  NBC is committed to maintaining relevant and valid examinations for the dental laboratory technology profession.
 
A job analysis is conducted every five years in order to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that a professional in a particular field should have. The job analysis contributes to test validity by ensuring that the critical aspects of the job become the domain of content that the test measures.  
 
“NBC is committed to updating our program to ensure that it is relevant to the profession,” said NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT. “In addition to launching new references, NBC has updated the foundation of our certification program, the job task outlines.  These changes, while they may seem small are monumental for the CDT program.”
 
The updates to the job task outlines, along with the new references will be active for any examinations offered by NBC after January 1, 2017. 
 
 “We are excited about these positive changes,” said Voss. “The new task outlines incorporate both digital and analog processes and include newer materials.  We have gone through over 2,000 questions on our written exams, have removed questions that are no longer relevant, have changed the weighting of certain areas to ensure that exams are more balanced and have written questions using the new references on digital technologies and new materials and equipment.  I am so proud of all the work done over the past two years to elevate our CDT program.”    
 
The CDT designation demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and applied skills in dental laboratory technology. Individuals who obtain the CDT designation have demonstrated a commitment to dental laboratory technology and proficiency not all of their peers will achieve.
 
“I take great pride in being a second generation certified dental technician and laboratory owner. Earning my CDT was more than just proving my knowledge and skill against a national standard set by my peers,” said Voss. “It was about building community; it was about taking pride in my craftsmanship and most importantly it was about elevating the profession.”
 
To view the updated job task outlines, please visit https://nbccert.org/about-national-board-certification/certification-standards.cfm.  For more information on the CDT certification, visit www.nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician. If you have any questions, please contact the NBC office at (800) 684-5310 or certification@nbccert.org
 

 

Dental Laboratory Technology Board Announces Updated Examination References

Posted on June 21, 2016

 
Dental Laboratory Technology Board Announces Updated Examination References
 
Tallahassee, Fla. — Committed to maintaining relevancy in the dental laboratory technology profession, the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) recently announced a new reference list for its Certified Dental Technician (CDT) and Recognized Graduate (RG) examinations as part of the CDT program’s revalidation process.

“NBC has been working extremely hard behind the scenes in 2015 and 2016 to update our certification programs,” said NBC Chair Heather Voss, CDT. “These updates include modernizing our exam blueprint, enhancing our references, modifying our practical examinations to reflect current practices and technology advancements, re-working our written examination question banks and reviewing eligibility requirements to take the exam.”

These references will be active for any examinations offered by NBC after January 1, 2017. Most of these references are written by notable industry leaders and can easily be purchased through Quintessence Publishing.

“It is time to make a change regarding the references that our program uses to create its written certification examinations,” said Voss.  “By Selecting updated examination references that are more applicable to today’s dental technology climate, we believe that we can elevate the level of our certification program.” 

The CDT designation demonstrates a significant mastery of the knowledge and applied skills needed in dental technology. It illustrates a technician's commitment to the field of dental technology and demonstrates their knowledge in all six specialty areas. Individuals who obtain the CDT designation have demonstrated a competency not all of their peers will achieve, says Voss. 

“I am a second generation certified dental technician and this program was a way for me to prove my level of knowledge and skill against a national standard set by my peers,” said Voss. “It is a way to unite and elevate our profession. I take pride in being a CDT and I can think of no greater letters of recommendation than CDT after my name.” 
For more information on the CDT certification, visit www.nbccert.org/certificants/certified-dental-technician. If you have any questions, please contact the NBC office at (800) 684-5310 or certification@nbccert.org

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About NBC:
The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology was formed in 1955 as an independent certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of dental laboratory technology through voluntary testing and certification of dental laboratories and technicians. This is the only voluntary certification program for dental laboratory technicians recognized by the American Dental Association. For more information on the NBC, please visit www.nbccert.org.
 

 

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