Why Certify with DANB?

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Personal Pride

Earning and maintaining DANB certification is a great source of pride and a sign of commitment to lifelong learning.

Professional Advantage

Holding a DANB certification gives you an edge over other dental assistants. Employers prefer job candidates with DANB certification, and recruiters often seek out DANB certificants to fill dental assisting positions. DANB provides lists of certificants to dentists and employers who are looking to hire dental assistants who hold DANB certification.

Greater Earning Power and Higher Job Satisfaction

According to DANB’s latest Salary and Satisfaction Survey, DANB certificants earn $2 more per hour than dental assistants who are not certified. Surveyed CDA certificants also reported high or very high job satisfaction (82%), compared with those who are not certified (75%).

See DANB’s Latest Salary Survey Results

Career Advancement

DANB’s certifications and competency exams are recognized or required by 37 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Earning a DANB certification can help you qualify to perform expanded functions and additional duties. Demonstrate your knowledge and take your career to the next level by becoming certified.

Learn More About Meeting State Requirements

Become an Asset to the Dental Team

DANB certificants contribute to high-quality oral healthcare. As a DANB certificant, you will enhance your dental team’s level of competency, efficiency, reputation and credibility. Employers and patients alike value DANB's certifications.

DANB Recognition

DANB provides certificants with a personalized, frameable certificate; a wallet-sized card with the certificant’s name and certification number; a certification lapel pin; issues of the quarterly newsletter, Certified Press; anniversary milestone gifts; a DANB Code of Professional Conduct card; and support as a member of the dental community.

DANB’s Recognition Program

It makes me proud to say I am a CDA. My advice to other dental assistants would be to become certified. It not only supports you better financially, it also is rewarding when your patients know that you took that ‘extra step’ in learning more about the profession that you are in.”
Rhonda M. Peterson, CDA Marble, NC Certified for 15 Years
Earn the Certification with Industry Recognition

DANB certifications are recognized by the dental industry as a sign of achievement and commitment to quality oral healthcare delivery. Join the 37,000 (and growing) dental assistants nationwide with DANB certification.

DANB’s Exams & Certifications