Impressions (IM) Exam

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The IM Exam

DANB’s Impressions (IM) exam is one of six component exams of DANB's CRFDA certification program. The IM exam can be taken on its own or with the Temporaries (TMP) exam. To earn CRFDA certification, you must pass all six component exams within three years.

DANB Step 1

Step One: Check Your Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for taking the IM exam. Therefore, anyone is eligible to apply.

DANB Step 2

Step Two: Complete the Application and Submit the Fee

To apply for DANB’s IM exam, please download and review the CRFDA application packet, which contains the exam application and additional information. The fee for the IM exam is $125.

DANB’s CRFDA Application Packet (PDF)

DANB Step 3

Step Three: Schedule and Take the Exam

Within four weeks after your IM exam application is received and processed, you will receive a Test Admission Notice from DANB containing instructions on how to schedule your test. You may refer to the CRFDA application packet to find out what to expect before, during and after the exam.

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What Functions Are Allowed in Your State?

Each state has different rules around the expanded functions dental assistants are allowed to perform and the requirements they must meet. DANB's CRFDA and CPFDA certifications are national, voluntary credentials that may or may not be recognized in your state. See DANB's state requirements page or check with your state dental board to learn more.

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Prepare for DANB Exams

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