Why to become certified?
ESCD CERTIFICATION is important to: You… Your Colleagues… Your Patients…
ESCD members all have an interest in providing excellent cosmetic services and spend time and money on postgraduate education and training. Gaining CERTIFICATION is our personal confirmation of recognition by our peers that we have succeeded in achieving a high level of skill and are respected for our professional endeavours.
Our colleagues recognize that we have developed certain skills and abilities which allow us to confidently approach and treat a wide range of cosmetic problems. For this reason, colleagues may feel it appropriate to refer cosmetic cases to us which they are unsure about treating themselves.
Our patients can have the knowledge that we have followed correct treatment protocols and have been assessed by examiners from a respected cosmetic dental society. Patients may be more likely to choose treatment from a dentist who can demonstrate this kind of experience. In addition to this, the CERTIFICATION process helps develop our skill and understanding as we carefully record and assess every aspect of our treatment. It gives us a new interest in our work and helps our clinical and professional development.
What is necessary to gain CERTIFICATION?
In order to gain CERTIFICATION we have to demonstrate competence by completing a number of cosmetic treatments and presenting at least one of these cases at the ESCD Annual Meeting. As well as this we can gain additional credits by demonstrating active membership of certain dental societies, publishing papers or books or holding recognised qualifications in cosmetic dentistry. Full details of the CERTIFICATION criteria are available at the Membership area of the ESCD website.
Gaining ESCD CERTIFICATION is challenging but completely possible for all ESCD MEMBERS. It requires some work, some thought and some professional discipline but the rewards of personal satisfaction and demonstrable clinical competency are certainly worth the effort. In future Newsletters we will publish examples of actual cases submitted by members, but in the meantime, visit the website and get started!
100 points are required to become a CERTIFIED MEMBER of the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry (ESCD). These points may be accumulated through a variety of professional activities. Some are mandatory, others are optional. All must be related to esthetic dentistry / esthetic laboratory techniques.
Navigate tabs on the top (Mandatory and Optional Criteria) for the two mandatory criteria or to view the sixteen optional criteria of accumulating the 100 required points.
Certification Programs of ESCD Partnership Associations
If there is a comparable CERTIFICATION Program established the ESCD can also accept the CERTIFIED MEMBER Status of another esthetic association. The CERTIFICATION Committee will give a recommendation to the membership and the CERTIFIED MEMBERS of the ESCD will decide about acceptance. On the other hand the partnership associations should act the same and accept the CERTIFICATION Criteria of the ESCD.