RDA Exam Info

Updated: 11/9/17

RDA Examination Application Forms and Fees Updated by the DBC on 10/19/17

Those looking to apply to take the RDA written examinations will be surprised to know that on October 19, 2017, the Board increased all fees associated with licensure application, renewal and maintenance for all licensees.  The application form for RDAs has been broken up into sections.  Candidates need to be aware of each section, its purpose, and which applies to you depending upon the eligibility pathway you are looking to take.

FADE is providing the latest information necessary to apply based on each pathway – see below.  For a listing of the latest fees, click this attachment: fee_increase_2017.

The application documents needed for those who are qualifying by graduation from a formal education, Board-approved RDA program are:

  1. The basic RDA application: RDA Basic app
  2. Formal education verification form:  Formal Educ Verification Form
  3. Formal education instruction packet:  Formal Educ Path Instr

The application documents needed for those who are qualifying by work experience only are:

  1. The basic RDA application:  RDA Basic app
  2. Work experience verification form:  Work Exper Verification Form
  3. Work experience instruction packet:  Work Exp Path Instr

The application documents needed for those who are qualifying through a “blended model” using a combination of work experience and non-Board approved, non-RDA education hours are:

  1. The basic RDA application:  RDA Basic app
  2. Blended work and education verification form:  Blended Work and DA Educ Verification Form
  3. Work experience instruction packet:  Work Exp Path Instr

 

Updated: 8/8/17

Gov. Brown Signs Legislation Allowing RDA Licensure to Continue

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, signed AB 1707 (Low, D-Silicon Valley) into law, which authorizes the Dental Board of California to resume issuing new RDA licenses and to extend the suspension of the RDA practical examination through 2020. AB 1707 contains an urgency clause, which makes the legislation effective immediately, rather than in 2018.

The Foundation for Allied Dental Education, a dedicated stakeholder in dental assisting advocacy and public policy, is pleased with how quickly this legislation passed to keep the delay on issuing RDA licenses to a minimum.

Being that the Board is holding a public meeting this week, we anticipate hearing a report from Board staff as to how the licensure issuance process will proceed.

 

Updated: 7/19/17

The Dental Board of California met April 6, 2017 and accepted a report recommendation from the Office of Professional Examination Services (OPES) to suspend the RDA practical examination. The report cited several areas where the examination did not meet critical psychometric standards including inconsistencies in different test-site locations and poor calibration of examiners.

Current law only allowed the Dental Board to suspend the practical examination until July 1, 2017. The Dental Board is working with the Legislature to extend the suspension timeline to July 1, 2020. However, beginning July 1, 2017, and until the Bill is signed into law, no new RDA licenses may be issued.