Earning certification through the Dental Assisting National Board is a great achievement. Many dental assistants know the value that holding DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification brings.
In addition to higher salaries, there are many personal and professional benefits. These are four top benefits, according to DANB’s salary survey.
1. Greater knowledge
When asked about the personal benefits they feel DANB’s CDA certification brings, dental assistants rank increased knowledge as number one. And it’s no surprise since DANB certificants are lifelong learners. Earning continuing education is required for renewing DANB certification. Additionally, 88% of CDA certificants report having completed at least some college or more.
“Earning DANB certification was the best thing I ever did. In addition to providing me with a stronger academic knowledge, it strengthened me as an assistant and took the passion I already had for dentistry to a whole new level.” — Laura R., CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA
2. Increased pride
If knowledge is number one, pride is a close second. Considering that passing DANB's CDA exam is a special achievement that results from hard work and dedication, it’s no surprise that dental assistants feel proud about earning this distinction.
“I take pride in my DANB certification! I feel it adds a great deal of credibility to my skills and knowledge. It shows the world that I take pride in my profession.” — Megen E., CDA
3. Improved confidence
DANB certificants report that holding CDA certification helped them stand out when applying for jobs. Between this career advantage and a commitment to learning, it makes sense that CDA certificants report having greater confidence. This confidence likely comes from knowing that their knowledge-based competency has been demonstrated and that they earn CE each year to keep their knowledge up to date.
“Being DANB certified has given me both confidence and respect. I am part of a large group of people who take pride in their profession, not only on a personal level but on a national level.” — Guinevere J., CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, EFDA
4. Higher satisfaction
When asked, 78% of DANB certificants surveyed said they view dental assisting as a career, and two-thirds reported high job satisfaction. In fact, 98% plan to renew their certification and 96% would encourage others to earn DANB certification! Job satisfaction is such a big part of enjoying what you do. Clearly, DANB certification translates into more smiles all around.
“Dental assisting has provided me with a variety of great experiences, from seeing the smile on a patient’s face to mentoring new dental assistants to become the best they can be.” — Douglas R., CDA