Continuing Education

In Illinois, licensed dentist and dental hygienists must fulfill a mandatory continuing education requirement according to state law.


Continuing education is offered to all members and staff at little cost through seminars. Topics are selected to enhance and update our members’ formal education. Other courses are available throughout the state through local components, dental schools, dental hygiene schools and ADA CERP approved sponsors.


Continuing education is mandatory in the state of Illinois for a licensed dentist and dental hygienist. The Rules administering the Dental Practice Act explains in detail all the requirements for continuing education hours and approved sponsors of continuing education.

Frequently Asked Questions

This section allows Illinois State Dental Society members to view frequently asked questions about the state of Illinois continuing education laws.

Continuing Education Registry

As an Illinois licensed dental professional it is your responsibility to keep evidence of your CE activities for five (5) years following the license renewal in the event you are audited by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. You should maintain your CE records in the same manner in which you keep Internal Revenue Service records.

If you should have any questions,please contact Director of Education and Membership Kathy Ridley at 800/475-4737.

Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau is for ISDS component dental societies to utilize in developing their monthly evening continuing education programs. Program chairs can view the list of potential speakers and select the ones of interest to obtain more information on their topic, presentation and speaking experience. Program chairs can then contact the speakers directly.

ISDS members who are interested in presenting educational programs to the local components please complete the on-line speaker profile to be added to the on-line Speakers Bureau. If you should have any questions, please contact Kathy Ridley at 800/475-4737.

The opinions expressed by the speakers in the advertised continuing education courses do not necessarily reflect those of ISDS.