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ALD 2020 Cancellation - COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
ALD is looking into virtual meetings and ways to deliver Introduction to Lasers videos, the Foundations in Laser Dentistry Course and the Laser Safety Officer Training Course to more dentists, hygienists and students.

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Laser Safety Officer Training Workshop #10
Pre-Course Registration Required

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 PM
Instructor: Nick Clausen

8-Hour CE Course

  • Workshop #10: Laser Safety Certificate Course - 2 Part Course
    Part 1 - 6 CEU's: Foundations in Laser Dentistry Online Course, 5 Chapters & Quizzes (To be completed prior to conference attendance) 
    Part 2 - 2 CEU's:  Laser Safety Officer Training - Implementing a Laser Safety Program (In-person at conference) - Saturday, April 4th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Registration Fee: $250 

Course Description

This course will address the specific duties of a Laser Safety Officer (LSO) necessary to meet the safety requirements in the ANSI Z136.1 and Z136.3 American National Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care as it relates to dentistry.  This course is designed specifically for dental care settings and will help guide participants in developing and implementing a laser safety program. It emphasizes hazard identification and safe work practices that apply to all laser operators, and includes the changes in the latest revision of the standards. The science of lasers, their classifications and terminology, and the components of a health care laser system (HCLS) will be included. Safety concerns and considerations will focus on potential issues for both laser beam dangers and non-beam hazards including electrical, respiratory, and fire hazards, as well as, human factors, engineering controls, and safety mechanisms.  The LSO’s role and responsibilities will be discussed as well as the procedural and administrative controls that need to be in place at every laser facility.  This type of educational program must be completed by the practice’s LSO to enable the mandated registration of their Class 4 laser devices with various state regulatory agencies that may require specific laser safety officer training.  This program meets most state requirements for the practice's Laser Safety Officer which may be required for laser & LSO registration.  Note: Part 1 - Foundations in Laser Dentistry or Standard Level Certification is a required pre-requisite for this course.

After successful completion of this program attendees will have:

  • An understanding of laser science and terminology and tissue interations
  • An understanding of the laser classifications, dental laser types, marketplace availability
  • Knowledge of the potential beam and non-beam hazards of a laser, precautionary measures
  • An understanding of the role and responsibilities of a Laser Safety Officer (LSO)
  • The ability to develop a laser safety program for their facility
Laser Safety Officer Training Course

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Part 2: Laser Safety Office Training - Implementing a Laser Safety Program
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (2 CEUs)

PRECOURSE WORK:  Foundations in Laser Dentistry Online Course (6 CEUs)

Who should attend
Dentists, Hygienists, Clinical Auxiliaries and anyone desiring to become a Laser Safety Officer
Part 1: Foundations in Laser Dentistry (complete prior to conference attendance)
Standard Level Course

Fees & CE Credits
Fee for this course is $250. See Conference Registration
8 ADA CERP / AGD Credits
Faculty Presented by Nick Clausen


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 ALD Dental Laser Standard Level Course - A Certificate Program
13-Hour CE Course

  • Part 1 - Foundations in Laser Dentistry Online Course, 5 Chapters & Quizzes(To be completed prior to conference attendance) - 6 CEU's
  • Part 2 - Hands-on Training, Clinical Examinations & Lecture (in person at conference) Friday, April 3, 2020 - 7:30 am - 4:30 pm - 6 CEU's
  • Part 3 - Standard Level Online Exam, 75 Question Exam (to be completed within 90 days of course) - 1 CEU
  • Please note: Registration for Standard Level Courses ends on March 1, 2020. Please register prior to that date if you are interested.
  • Registration Fee: $495 with Conference Registration; $850 if not attending Conference

Course Description
This course contains distance learning, lecture and hands-on learning opportunities. It includes a comprehensive overview and basic understanding of all dental laser devices, laser tissue interactions, emission modes and safety and operation of a variety of dental lasers. A 6-hour online distance learning course is included and required prior to April 1, 2020.  A hands-on clinical simulation examination and online 75-question multiple choice exam is included in the course fees. Candidates will bring lasers when possible.  Upon successful completion (completion of online course and passing both the clinical simulation and online exam) participants will be recognized as having completed the certification program for ALD approved Standard Dental Laser Certification. The course material is in accordance with the new ALD 2020 Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education. A variety of dental lasers will be utilized with support from dental manufacturers.

ALD Dental Laser Standard Level Course Includes:

  • Part 1: Foundations in Laser Dentistry Online Course (to be completed prior to conference) - 6 CEUs
  • Part 2: Lecture and Hands-on participation, Clinical Simulation Exam on the device or a similar device that you utilize in your office (at conference) - 6 CEUs
  • Part 3: Online 75 question multiple choice psychometric exam (to be completed within 90 days) - 1 CEU
  • 1 Year ALD Membership

 Standard Level Course - Education Program

Friday, April 3, 2020 – 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
7:00 am
Breakfast 6:30 am - 7:30 am
Lecture and Participation - 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


  1. Successful completion of the Foundations in Laser Dentistry Online Course.

Intended Audience

What to Bring


Dentists in all disciplines, hygienists, and other related staff or industry representatives who would serve as a laser safety officer.

Your Laser Device if a table top model
Magnification Loupes if you have them, labeled with your name

Positive energy to enjoy a fun, intense CE learning experience!

Successful Standard Level Completion

Upon successful completion of the course and online exam you will receive a letter from the Academy of Laser Dentistry (within 6-8 weeks) indicating your Continuing Education Credits for the Standard Level Dental Laser Certification Course. ALD members will also receive a Certificate of Successful Completion noting the specific course participation and clinical simulation wavelength. To find out more about membership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry, or to join online, click here.

CE Credits
13 ADA CERP / AGD Credits
Charles Hoopingarner, DDS
Angie Wallace, RDH


ALD Dental Laser Standard Level Course Fees
Standard Level Course Fee for Conference Attendees
$495 - Additional for Standard Level Course. Includes Part 1: Foundations in Laser Dentistry Online Course, Part 2: Hands-on Training, Clinical Examinations and Lectures (at conference), Part 3: Standard Level Online Exam and 1 Year ALD Membership.
Standard Level Course ONLY
(not attending ALD conference)
$850 - Includes: Standard Level Course. Includes Part 1: Foundations in Laser Dentistry Online Course, Part 2: Hands-on Training, Clinical Examinations and Lectures (at conference), Part 3: Standard Level Online Exam and 1 Year ALD Membership.



Standard Proficiency Course Additional Fees
Additional Clinical Simulation Wavelength
Retake Fee for Standard Level Online Exam
Retake Fee for Standard Level Clinical Simulation $150


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 Advanced Proficiency Program Courses and Exams

  • Written Exam - Proctored at conference, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Clinical Simulation Examinations

  • By appointment at conference, April 2 or 3, 2020

Clinical Case Study Examinations

  • By appointment at conference, April 2 or 3, 2020

Overview Description of the Advanced Proficiency Program
Advanced Proficiency certification represents a higher level of recognition for knowledge and application of lasers used in the clinical environment. Candidates for advanced level recognition must demonstrate advanced level of clinical proficiency in safety and clinical use.

There are three components at this level:

  • Online Examination. A 75 multiple choice online exam covers all areas of lasers in dentistry. Applicants must have achieved Standard Level Certification prior to beginning the Advanced Proficiency program. The online proctored exam must be completed in person at the annual meeting.
  • Clinical Simulation Examination. This exam is available at the Annual Conference. The exam will test the candidate's knowledge of a chosen laser(s), within an environment that replicates a given clinical setting.  Candidates will be assigned a clinical simulation exam time and must complete this oral exam within a 30-minute time frame.
  • Clinical Case Presentations and Examination. Candidates must pass the online written exam and the Clinical Simulation Exam prior to presenting their clinical cases. Candidates must attend at least 2 annual conferences before the award can be earned.   Candidates will prepare 5 clinical case studies and be prepared to present a minimum of two. Laser Safety Officers are not required to participate in this portion.
  • Requirements for Attaining Advanced Proficiency are detailed on the Education & Certification Program pages online. 

Upon registering for the Advanced Proficiency progam, candidate will download extensive preparation instructions including a suggested time table and be assigned a mentor who has Advanced Proficiency and who will be available to the candidate for the duration of their Advanced Proficiency process.

The One-on-One Learning Experience
The Certification Committee provides a mentor program and study guides to help candidates prepare for success.

Advanced Proficiency Certification Program

Applications Due

Written 75 Question Multiple Choice Exam

Applications may be submitted between
August 15, 2019 - December 15, 2019.

The AP Part 1 Exam will take place in a proctored setting at the ALD Conference,
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Clinical Simulation Exam & Clinical Case Study Presentations
Clinical Simulation Exams - by appointment on Friday, April 3, 2020
Case Study Exams - by appointment on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Who can apply/attend
Members of the Academy of Laser Dentistry who have achieved Standard Level Certification
Advanced Exam:  Any ALD member with Standard Level may begin the AP process.
Advanced Clinical Simulation: The candidate must be present at the ALD annual meeting to participate in the AP Clinical Simulation Exam.
Advanced Clinical Case Studies: Candidates must complete the final part of Advanced Proficiency before a 3-year time limit has elapsed after successful completion of the online / written exam and clinical simulation exam.  ALD membership must be maintained throughout the process.


Advanced Proficiency Certification Program Fees
Advanced Written Examination
Clinical Simulation Examination: 1 Wavelength
Case Study Presentation: 1 Wavelength



Additional Fees
Additional wavelengths for Clinical Simulation Exam
Additional wavelengths for Case Study Presentation
Retake fee for examination
Retake fee for Clinical simulation (for each wavelength)
Retake fee for Case Study Presentation (for each wavelength)



Application & Submission Deadlines
Clinical Case Study Application
December 15*
Clinical Case Study Submission to Mentor & ALD Office
December 15
75 Question Multiple Choice Examination Application
December 15
Written Multiple Choice Exam completion required by: by appointment at conference
Clinical Simulation Examination Application
December 15


* Candidates for Case Study Presentations should begin preparing cases prior to this date to allow ample time for 6 month case follow up photographs.

Conference Fees

Certification program fees do not include conference fees. Please include conference fees when you apply for certification. Click here.

Cancellation Policy

For written or faxed cancellations received on or before February 1, 2020 a full refund will be issued less a $150 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after February 1, 2020.

Further Information

If you have question or would like more information about any aspect of the conference contact:

Academy of Laser Dentistry
(954) 346-3776 x 204

Toll Free: (877) 527-3776
Fax: (954) 757-2598

Practitioners are advised to investigate and consider which medical devices and materials are cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safety and efficacy and which are considered experimental, and which procedures are considered within the applicable scope of their license, competence, skills, and abilities, as established by their education, training, and experience. Clinicians are advised to review the specific indications for use of their devices and to review their operator manuals for guidance on operating parameters before attempting similar techniques on their patients.

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