FDLT Online Program Peer Review – Call for Volunteers!

Posted on November 08, 2017

FDLT Online Program Peer Review
Great opportunity to earn Scientific Credit
Finding qualified technicians continues to be one of the greatest challenges within the dental laboratory profession. The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology Trust wholly supports formal dental laboratory education and encourages those interested in working within the profession to consider a formal educational program. However, for technicians working on the job, obtaining access to high quality comprehensive theoretical knowledge in the profession can be a challenge.
Recognizing that there is still a need for a comprehensive program that focuses on teaching core knowledge based competencies for current and future technicians, the Foundation has spent considerable time and resources creating content to be distributed through a comprehensive online program. 
As part of the development process and as a quality control measure in launching a program of this nature, the Foundation needs your help in reviewing the modules that make up each course. 
Responsibilities would include being assigned 1-2 modules (provided electronically) based off of your realm of knowledge, reviewing the modules in detail, and completing a corresponding evaluation. This project is estimated to take 2-4 hours to complete over a 14 day span. You will receive 2 hours of Scientific credit upon completion of each module.
If you are interested in participating in the peer review process, please take a moment to fill out a short volunteer form HERE.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in participating in improving the future of dental laboratory technology. If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Rowan at or call (866) 627-3990.

2017 Winter Daze Videos Available on the Foundation Learning Library for FREE!

Posted on May 15, 2017

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology understands that there was A LOT going on during the Chicago mid-winter meetings. If you missed the full day of courses at NADL’s Winter Daze, we’ve got your back. For the second year in a row, the Foundation is pleased to provide you with the Winter Daze videos FREE OF CHARGE on the Foundation Learning Library.
All of the courses listed below are available on-demand and NBC Approved for 1 Hour of Documented Scientific credit. 
  • We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Mark Ferguson
    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. 
  • Creating Vitality in Anterior Ceramic Restorations – Leon Hermanides, CDT & Heather Voss, CDT
    This course will consist of tips and techniques on how to create vitality while managing value and characterization to maximize esthetics. 
  • Complete Dentures: Tips and Tricks to Meet the Demand – Oscar Galvis CDT, MDT, BSHS
    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. The course will include but is not limited to the following: fabrication of proper custom tray; model analysis; occlusal rims; articulation with the absence of a facebow; choosing proper tooth molds and occlusal schemes; setting of teeth in a timely fashion; wax characterization; processing; selective grinding; and finishing and polishing. 
Visit and create an account using the login button on the left hand side of the page to see what NADL’s Winter Daze was all about.

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
“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  For more information on the CDT certification, visit If you have any questions, please contact the NBC office at (800) 684-5310 or


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