Dental Workforce Academy

Tooth with graduation cap and diplomaFree training for network dental offices in Illinois to help grow, diversify, and retain staff

Delta Dental of Illinois offers value-added services for our Illinois network dentists and their dental office staff, including free courses, CPR certification, and additional oral health resources. Being a part of our network means you are part of the most experienced dental carrier in the nation. We cover more than one-third of all Americans with dental coverage and know the key role dentists play in ensuring our members enjoy good oral health. That’s why Delta Dental of Illinois offers free training opportunities for network dentists and their dental staff in Illinois only.

We provide an expanded function dental assistant (EFDA) certification program and online training courses for dental assistants and front office team members for network dental offices, and continuing education on special dental care and CPR certification for any licensed dentist and/or their staff in Illinois. Sign up for one of these programs today!

CE Zoom Course Management and Tracking Tool

CE Zoom is a comprehensive CE course management and tracking tool exclusively available to our network dentists in Illinois on a limited basis. This system is designed to make your professional development more accessible, efficient, and convenient than ever before – all while helping you ensure you have what you need for your Illinois dental license renewal. Learn more about this new course management tool and confirm your interest by completing the interest form here.

Free Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) Certification 

Delta Dental of Illinois offers an accredited online training program through Apple Dental Education to provide qualifying dental assistants certification in dental sealant placement and dental prophylaxis. Learn more and apply.

Free Online Courses for Dental Assistants and Front Office Staff

Delta Dental of Illinois is partnering with Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) and the DALE Foundation, an ADA CERP and AGD PACE Program Provider to offer dental assistants and front office staff free courses. All courses are online, and topics range from anatomy and infection control to financial reporting. Learn more and apply.

Free Continuing Education Series on Special Patient Dental Care

With support from Delta Dental, Penn Dental Medicine offers the Center for Persons with Disabilities Presentation Series to any U.S. licensed dentist and their team at no charge. This continuing education series aims to develop competency, build awareness, and improve access to oral health care for individuals with disabilities. The series offers live webinars and on-demand courses. Dentists completing 18 or more of the courses within a three-year period will receive a certificate of completion from Penn Dental Medicine, an ADA CERP Provider, as a Disabilities Dentistry Clinician Expert. Learn more and register here.

CPR Classes

Offered in partnership with Edward Elmhurst Health, these CPR courses meet all State of Illinois Basic Life Support (BLS) certification requirements. CPR courses are free for network dentists in Illinois, and dental office staff can attend for a nominal fee. Learn more and register.

Please note: all dental staff must be employed in Illinois at the time of training.