Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)

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DANB Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant

DANB’s CPFDA certification consists of three component exams: 

  • Coronal Polishing (CP)
  • Sealants (SE)
  • Topical Fluoride (TF)

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Additional Information

The price for the CPFDA exam is $450. After passing the CPFDA exam, you must meet eligibility requirement to earn CPFDA certification. You can find more exam eligibility requirement details below.

Exam Eligibility Requirements

DANB’s CPFDA Application Packet can be used to apply for the CP exam if you would like to submit your application via mail or fax.

CPFDA Application Packet (PDF)

DANB CPFDA Exam Study Materials

DANB’s CPFDA Exam Outline lists the topics covered on DANB’s CPFDA exam. You can use the outline to help create your study plan.

CPFDA Exam Outline

DALE Foundation Review Courses

The DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate, offers practice tests to help prepare for the DANB CPFDA exam.

DANB CP Practice Test
EFDA Practice Test

CPFDA Component Exams

  • Coronal Polishing (CP)

    The Coronal Polishing (CP) exam is one of three components of the Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) exam. This exam can be taken at the same time as the other two component exams or on its own. Successful completion of the CP exam leads to a certificate of knowledge-based competency. Following are details about the CP exam:

    • 100 multiple-choice questions
    • 1¼ hours testing time
    • $245 stand-alone exam fee
    • No eligibility requirements apply

    Go to the CP Exam Page

  • Sealants (SE)

    The Sealants (SE) exam is one of three components of the Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) exam. This exam can be taken at the same time as the other two component exams or on its own. Successful completion of the SE exam leads to a certificate of knowledge-based competency. Following are details about the SE exam:

    • 80 multiple-choice questions
    • 60 minutes testing time
    • $175 stand-alone exam fee
    • No eligibility requirements apply

    Go to the SE Exam Page

  • Topical Fluoride (TF)

    The Topical Fluoride (TF) exam is one of three components of the Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) exam. This exam can be taken at the same time as the other two component exams or on its own. Successful completion of the TF exam leads to a certificate of knowledge-based competency. Following are details about the TF exam:

    • 80 multiple-choice questions
    • 60 minutes testing time
    • $175 stand-alone exam fee
    • No eligibility requirements apply

    Go to the TF Exam Page

Testing at Pearson VUE

Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), Pearson VUE testing centers are operating with reduced capacity and social distancing requirements. For more information, visit the link below.

DANB Testing Information

Prepare for DANB Exams

There are several resources to help you prepare for DANB exams: