Principles of Risk Assessment

Knowing what to do for the best when faced with so much guidance is causing a great deal of stress and anxiety. 

This short course aims to give you the confidence, and the tools,  to make decisions on appropriate safety measures for your practice.

  • Availability: BDA members only.
  • 1 hour verifiable CPD.

Using PPE safely

Be confident that you can use the correct PPE safely.

  • Availability: all dental professionals

About the course

Dental practices already work to high infection control standards, but to minimise risk of transmission of Sars-Cov-2 enhanced PPE will be needed for some dental procedures.

This short course will provide all dental professionals with the knowledge and skill to use PPE correctly for these procedures.

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Essential Decontamination

Be confident that you know this key topic with our easy to use e-learning course.

  • Availability: all users

About the course

As a dental professional, you have a clear responsibility to understand and implement effective decontamination procedures within your practice to ensure a safe environment for all patients and staff. This short course will cover all the essential information you need to know to enable you to do this.

This course is designed to provide athorough grounding in all aspects of dental decontamination, and is also broad enough to act as a comprehensive refresher course for those who already have some experience in this field.

By the end of the course, participants will have an understanding of the principles behind decontamination, the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out common decontamination tasks, and an awareness of the regulations for their UK nation.


You will be required to complete quizzes on each topic to test your knowledge. The pass mark for each quiz is 100%, but don't worry – you will have three attempts at each quiz. When you have viewed each topic and passed all quizzes, you will be awarded a certificate.

Recommended reading

The course will provide you with all of the recommended reading, including the regulations and guidelines for decontamination that are in force in your area. All resources will be available to download upon booking.

Course fee: £70

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Data Protection Officer (DPO) Training

An online course providing the tools you need to become an effective DPO.

  • Availability: all users (NB not suitable for practice owners)
  • You must have your own CPD Hub account to complete this course. 

Course Summary

GDPR places greater obligations on how organisations handle personal data, including the need for many organisations to appoint a Data Protection Officer.

This course will outline the impact of GDPR, provide you with all the tools you need to become an effective DPO and help you ensure that your practice is compliant.


This course consists of seven sections:
1. GDPR - what's new? explains the impact of GDPR and why a DPO is needed
2. The DPO outlines the role and responsibilities of the DPO
3. Data Protection Principles will help you understand data protection law and how it applies to your practice
4. Individual Rights explains the rights that individuals have under GDPR
5. Putting it into Practice will enable you to apply your knowledge to practice
6. Data Breaches will help you identify and action a data breach and transfer information securely
7. Quiz will test your knowledge of the subject.

Course fee: £95

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British Dental Journal CPD 2020

Earn up to 48 hours of verifiable CPD per year with the BDJ

  • Availability: BDA members only

BDJ In Practice CPD 2020

12 hours of verifiable CPD every year, covering everything dentists in practice need to know.

  • Availability: BDA members only

BDJ Team CPD 2020

Earn up to 10 hours of FREE verifiable CPD each year with our dedicated magazine for DCPs.

  • Availability: all users
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British Dental Journal CPD 2019

Earn up to 48 hours of verifiable CPD per year with the BDJ

  • Availability: BDA members only

BDJ In Practice CPD 2019

12 hours of verifiable CPD every year, covering everything dentists in practice need to know.

  • Availability: BDA members only

BDJ Team CPD 2019

Earn up to 10 hours of FREE verifiable CPD each year with our dedicated magazine for DCPs.

  • Availability: all users
Self enrolment

Child Protection and the Dental Team CPD

Developed in partnership with Dr Jenny Harris and COPDEND to complement Child Protection and the Dental Team.

  • Recommended subject (safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults)
  • Availability: all users
  • 3hrs verifiable CPD

BDA-CRUK Oral Cancer Recognition Toolkit CPD

Developed in partnership with Cancer Research UK to complement the Oral Cancer Recognition Toolkit.

  • Recommended subject (oral cancer early detection)
  • Availability: all users
  • 3hrs verifiable CPD

Dental Radiography for DCPs - February 2021

February 2021 course

Exam date: 18 September 2021

Learn how to take dental x-rays with our highly-successful and user-friendly course.

Achieving the BDA Education Certificate in Dental Radiography will qualify you to take radiographs unsupervised.

Course summary

The course consists of 8-weeks of online theory, which will teach you the essential skills needed to use X-rays safely and take common dental radiographs. Once this initial part of the course has been completed, students will be required to complete a Portfolio of practical work consisting of 40 radiographs, and then sit a final exam.

The course and exam are held entirely online, meaning you will not need to take any time out of work to study.

The qualification is approved by the BSDMFR and the Society and College of Radiographers.

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Oral Health Education for DCPs - January 2021

January 2021 course

Exam date: 18 Sep 2021

Inspire your patients! Are you a dental nurse, love your job but want to do more?

Achieving the BDA Education Certificate in Oral Health Education will qualify you to work as an Oral Health Educator within your practice.

Course summary

The BDA online course in OHE teaches all the theory needed to pass the BDA certificate in Oral Health Education, including how to plan and carry out oral health sessions. As part of the course students will need to complete a practical portfolio and an online exam.

The course and exam are conducted completely online so there is no need to attend a training venue at any point. Viewing the course modules is entirely flexible giving students 24 hour access for study; we recommend at least 4 hours a week.

The theory is taught through 27 online modules in the first 8 weeks of the course, at the end of which students will be ready to begin their practical work.

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eBooks CPD

Earn up to 30 hours of verifiable CPD with the BDA's collection of eBooks

  • Availability: BDA members only

eBook titles:

An introduction to orthodontics (5th ed)

Cawson's Essentials of oral pathology and oral medicine (9th ed)

Conscious sedation for dentistry (2nd ed)

Dental Fear and Anxiety in Paediatric Patients: Practical Strategies to Help Children Cope

Essentials of human disease in dentistry (2nd ed)

Evidence-based caries prevention

Infection Control in Primary Dental Care

Extra-coronal restorations - concepts and clinical application (2nd ed)

Management of Dental Emergencies in Children and Adolescents

Manual of minor oral surgery for the general dentist (2nd ed)

Oral Medicine in Primary Dental Care (4th ed)

Orofacial Pain - Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Management (6th ed)

Paediatric dentistry (5th ed)

Pickard's Guide to minimally invasive operative dentistry (10th ed)

Textbook of geriatric dentistry (3rd ed)

Tackling Stress

This course will help you identify the triggers of work-related stress, how it can manifest physically and psychologically, and effective ways you can overcome it.

  • Availability: all users

About the course

This course covers two key topics:

1. Stress Awareness is designed to give you an overview of stress awareness at work. We'll explain why stress occurs and how it can manifest itself physically and psychologically, and offer practical hints and tips on how to cope with the ever-increasing demands of the modern workplace.

2. Managing Stress and Conflict looks in detail at how these two subjects are interlinked. We'll explore the obligations of the organisation in minimising stress levels and, most importantly, examine the role that managers have in controlling stress and conflict within their teams.

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Case Mix

This interactive module complements Case Mix, a tool developed by the BDA to help dentists gauge the complexity of vulnerable children and adults according to six criteria.

  • Availability: BDA members only. (Primarily aimed at salaried dentists, but may also be useful for those in general practice.)
  • 3 hours verifiable CPD.

Enhanced CPD

This course will help you navigate the GDC’s CPD regulations and what you need to do to meet your CPD requirements. Includes a module on personal development planning.

  • Availability: BDA members only


Safeguarding the personal data of individuals.

Availability: BDA members only

Course Summary

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an updated piece of legislation that sets new standards for the processing, handling and protecting of personal data. It took effect in the UK from 25 May 2018.

This course comprises of 5 short modules explaining what GDPR is, the implications it has on organisations, and how they can ensure they are compliant.


1. What is GDPR? outlines what GDPR is and why we need it
2. Data Handling Rules explains how the data handling regulations apply to your organisation
3. Organisational Responsibilities outlines how the new regulation applies to business
4. Data Breaches establishes what a data breach is, what to do if a data breach occurs at your organisation and how to prevent it happening again
5. GDPR and dentistry allows you to apply your new found knowledge by working through some different situations.