National Credential
Credential: Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)

The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) certification is for dental assistants or dental hygienists who possess knowledge and skills in coronal polish, sealants, and topical fluoride. To earn the CPFDA certification, candidates must meet one of the eligibility requirement pathways, possess current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) from a DANB-accepted provider, and pass a three-part written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68E Dental Specialist MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite: Current DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)
444 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 900
Chicago, IL  60611
Phone: (800) 367-3262
Fax: (312) 642-8507
Contact Page

Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)

Pathway 1:

  • Candidates must possess a current DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification.
  • Candidates must verify knowledge- or performance-based competency in each of the four CPFDA functions. See the Exam Eligibility Requirements for additional information.

Pathway 2:

  • Candidates must be a graduate from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited dental assisting or dental hygiene program. 
  • Candidates must verify knowledge- or performance-based competency in each of the four CPFDA functions. See the Exam Eligibility Requirements for additional information.

Pathway 3:

  • Candidates must be former DANB Certified Dental Assistants (CDAs) whose certification lapsed no more than two years ago.
  • Candidates must have a minimum of 3,500 hours work experience as a dental assistant, accrued over the previous four years (employment must be verified by a licensed dentist).
  • Candidates must verify knowledge- or performance-based competency in each of the four CPFDA functions. See the Exam Eligibility Requirements for additional information.

Pathway 4:

  • Candidates must possess a current Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) license.
  • Candidates must possess a minimum of 3,500 hours work experience as a dental hygienist, accrued over the previous four years (employment must be verified by a licensed dentist).

Note:
 If the RDH license is issued in Alabama and the candidate is not a graduate of a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited dental hygiene program, the candidate must meet the requirements of Pathway I, 2 or 3.

The Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must possess current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) from a DANB-accepted provider; must be current at the date of application and exam.

Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)

  • Evaluation (15%)
  • Selection of Armamentarium (20%)
  • Procedure (50%)
  • Administration (15%)
  • Evaluation (20%)
  • Selection of Armamentarium (20%)
  • Procedure (45%)
  • Administration (15%)
  • Evaluation (20%)
  • Selection of Armamentarium (20%)
  • Procedure (40%)
  • Administration (20%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CPFDA certification is renewed every year by earning Continuing Dental Education (CDE) credits, possessing current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) from a DANB-accepted provider, and paying a renewal fee.

    Additional information can be found on the DANB website.

Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)

Additional considerations for the Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) include:

  • Dental assisting requirements, job titles and allowable functions vary from state to state. Comprehensive information on each state’s requirements for dental assistants is available on the DANB website.