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Important News! Continuing Education for the 2024 License Renewal Cycle

In 2024, dental licenses will need to be renewed again. While that seems like a long way off, it is never too early to start obtaining your continuing education (CE) that is required for the license renewal.  As a reminder over the three-year licensing period:

  • Dentists are required to have a minimum of 48 hours of CE
  • Dental Hygienists are required to have a minimum of 36 hours of CE

During the 2021 renewal cycle, the Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation (IDFPR) issued a variance that allowed all CE credit to be obtained online by either live, real-time presentations, or through on-demand provided by approved CE sponsors.  IDFPR issued the variance because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the inability to meet in-person.

Recently, IDFPR has indicated to ISDS that the variance will not be re-issued for the 2024 renewal cycle. Therefore, the in-person vs. “correspondence” requirement will revert back to the way it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This means no more than 50% of the required continuing education credits will be allowed to be obtained through a “correspondence” (i.e. on-demand webinar) class. A “live” webinar is still classified as an “in-person” class. 

ISDS is notifying our members of this now so plans can be made for obtaining continuing education credit for the 2024 license renewal.

  • The upcoming Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting provides many in-person opportunities.  
  • ISDS will offer a free monthly CE webinar that is for members, starting in January 2023. Non-members may attend these courses for a cost. If a member cannot attend the free virtual course, the webinars will be converted to an on-demand format that the member can view at a later date. Make sure to watch your ISDS Communications for more information!
  • ISDS will also continue to offer mandated courses, including the Sexual Harassment Prevention CourseSafe Opioid Prescribing Practices and in 2024, the Implicit Bias Course (coming in February).
To learn more about continuing education requirements, including the mandated required courses for the 2024 license renewal, please visit the ISDS Q&A about continuing education by clicking here.