Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control

Passing the Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control (CDIPC) exam is a milestone achievement. See the Important Information box to learn about the exam requirements, how to apply, how to prepare, and what to expect on exam day.

Important Information

These resources will help you apply and prepare for the exam.

Timeline & Requirements







Eligibility Requirements & Pathways

Pathway I

Meet one of the following options:

  • DANB’s Infection Control exam (ICE) certificate earned within the past 5 years
  • Current DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) or National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification
  • Current Dental Industry Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control (DISIPC) certification
  • Hold the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate and meet one of the accepted education options (see application packet)

And complete at least 1,040 hours of work experience as a:

  • Dental assistant or dental hygienist
  • Dentist or dental office manager
  • Dental educator or consultant
  • Dental inspector or investigator

    Pathway II

    Hold one of the following certifications:

    • Current International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) Certified Registered Central Services Technician (CRCST) certification
    • Current Association for Certifying Board in Infection Control (CBIC) Certified in Infection Control (CIC) certification
    • Current Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) certification

    And meet the education requirement:

    • OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate and one of five education options (see application packet)

    See the CDIPC information packet for complete details on the requirements.

    Testing Options

    Test Center

    Read about what to expect when you take your exam in-person at a test center.

    Online Proctored Exam

    Learn what you’ll need to be able to take your exam through online remote proctoring.

    DALE Foundation Study Materials

    OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate

    This three-step online education certificate program helps you enhance your infection control knowledge and demonstrates your commitment to patient safety.

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    DANB ICE Review

    This review course covers essential infection control guidelines and procedures for dental assistants and other dental professionals.

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    DANB ICE Practice Test

    Quiz yourself on infection control precautions, enhance your understanding of the chain of infection, and test your knowledge of the steps involved in dental instrument sterilization with this online practice test.

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    General Aspects of Instrument Processing

    Explore the critical concepts of instrument processing and strategies to prepare contaminated instruments for safe reuse.

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