Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control

Passing the Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control (CDIPC) exam is a milestone achievement. Learn about the exam requirements, how to apply, how to prepare, and what to expect on exam day.
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Timeline & Requirements

TEST WINDOW

60 DAYS

TEST TIME

60 MINUTES

TEST QUESTIONS

80 QUESTIONS

Eligibility Requirements & Pathways

Pathway I

Meet one of the following educational 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 education options

And complete at least 1,040 hours of work experience applying U.S. federal infection prevention and control guidelines and standards* in dental settings within the previous 3 years through one of the following options:

  • Performing infection prevention and control protocols based on these guidelines and standards in a dental setting (e.g., dental assistant, dental hygienist)
  • Supervising individuals who implement these guidelines and standards in a dental setting
  • Providing education or consulting services on these guidelines and standards in a dental setting (e.g., faculty teaching dental infection prevention and control, company educators, consultants)
  • Healthcare professionals (e.g., D.D.S; D.M.D.; RDH; certified, registered, and/or licensed dental assistant; licensed, registered or certified healthcare professional) who investigate or inspect dental settings for compliance with federal infection prevention and control guidelines and standards on behalf of government, regulatory, accrediting or public health authorities

Pathway II

Hold one or more 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
  • Hold the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate and meet one of the education options

See the CDIPC information packet for more 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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