Emeritus Status

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Can I Hold My DANB Certification if I Retire or Become Disabled?

You may hold your DANB certification as an honorary credential if you retire or become disabled. DANB offers Emeritus status to DANB certificants who, in addition to meeting the requirements below, are one of the following:

  • Retired from the field of dentistry/dental assisting at age 60 years or older
  • Retired from the field of dentistry/dental assisting with 35 years of continuous DANB certification
  • Totally and permanently disabled

What Do I Need to Do to Apply for Emeritus Status?

To receive Emeritus status, you must meet certain requirements and submit appropriate documentation, including:

  • Continuous DANB certification for four of the five years, for at least one of the currently held certifications, preceding your application 
  • Two pieces of documentation if you are retired:
    • A signed letter from you, requesting Emeritus status, with a statement that you have retired and the date of your retirement
    • A signed letter from your employer on company letterhead, with a statement that you have retired and the date of retirement — or, proof that you are receiving Social Security benefits
    • Two pieces of documentation if you are physically and permanently disabled:
      • A signed letter from a physician on his/her office letterhead stating that the certificant is physically and permanently unable to perform any duties required or proof of receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration
      • A signed letter from you, requesting Emeritus status, with a statement that you are physically and permanently disabled and the effective date

      All certificants with Emeritus status must use the Emeritus designation. For example: Sue Smith, CDA-Emeritus. CDE credits are not required for those with Emeritus status.

      Download the Emeritus Status Application (PDF)

      Can I Reinstate My DANB Certification from Emeritus Status?

      For various reasons, such as the desire to return to work, you may wish to reinstate your certification.

      CDAs and COAs who received Emeritus status within the last four to 12 months can become reinstated as current, continuous DANB certificants with the original DANB certification number and date after the following requirements are met:

      • Proof of DANB-approved CPR certification and one of the following:

      • Proof of required CDEs (12 credits for each year of Emeritus status)
      • Successful completion of the appropriate PDEP module
      • Payment of $150 reinstatement fee
      • Payment of past renewal fees, including late fees

       

      Have you been DANB Certified for five years or more?

      DANB’s Board of Directors and staff are proud to honor DANB certificants with the Certificant Recognition Program.

      DANB’s Recognition Program