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Laser Safety Officer Training
5-Hour CE Course

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm with 1 hour for lunch - Laser Fundamentals and Why They Matter
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Laser Safety Officer Training - Implementing a Laser Safety Program
  • Registration Fees: Included in Conference Registration
  • Includes Thursday night Welcome Reception and Friday's President's Reception

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: Laser Safety Module 1 - Laser Fundamentals and Why It Matters or Standard Proficiency Certification is a required pre-requisite for this course.

  • Abstract - Laser Safety Module 1 of 2
  • Abstract - Laser Safety Module 2 of 2

After successful completion of this program attendees will have:

  • An understanding of laser science and terminology
  • An understanding of the laser classifications
  • Knowledge of the potential beam and non-beam hazards of a laser
  • 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 - The Basics Laser Introduction 5-Hour Laser Safety CE Course

Thursday April 26, 2018
Laser Fundamenta
ls (required) - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Laser Safety Office Training - Implementing a Laser Safety Program
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Who should attend
Dentists, Hygienists, Clinical Auxiliaries and anyone desiring to become a Laser Safety Officer
Laser Fundamentals or Standard Proficiency
Fees & CE Credits
Fee for this course is included in Conference Registration
5 ADA CERP / AGD Credits
Faculty Presented by Dr. Nancy Fitzgerald, Dr. Grace Sun, Dr. Keith Brewster


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Standard Proficiency Dental Laser Education Program
13-Hour CE Course

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:30 am - 6:30 pm  (Lecture and Hands-on 8 CE Hours)
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 -  1:30 pm - 6:30 pm (Clinical Examinations & Lecture Completion - 4 CE)
  • Friday, April 27, 2018 - 6:30 am - 8:00 am (online exam) (1 CE)

Thursday's Clinical Simulation Exam schedule will be announced during the lecture.

Course Description
This course contains both lecture and hands-on learning opportunities and 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 hands-on clinical simulation proficiency examination and online 75-question multiple choice exam is included in the course fees. A variety of dental lasers will be utilized with support from dental manufacturers. Upon successful completion (passing both the clinical simulation and online exam) participants will be recognized as having completed the certification program for ALD approved Standard Proficiency Certification. The online exam is administrated on Friday April 27, 2018 in Orlando.  Candidates are required to provide a laptop computer. The course material is in accordance with the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education.

Standard Level two day hands-on course includes:

  • Lecture and Hands-on participation
  • Clinical Simulation Exam on the device or a similar device that you utilize in your daily practice
  • Online 75 question multiple choice exam
  • Recommended Study Materials
Standard Proficiency Dental Laser Education Program
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
7:00 am
Breakfast 6:30 am - 7:30 am
Lecture - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm & 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hands-On 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Lecture Completion & Clinical Simulation Exams
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 6:30 am - 8:00 am
75 question online exam


  1. Successful completion of a recognized introduction to lasers course is a mandatory prerequisite for Standard Proficiency Certification. The required hours needed to satisfy this prerequisite are equal to or greater than 2.5 credit hours. The introductory material should be approved at the discretion of the Academy or the Course Provider.
  2. Basic understanding of Lasers in Dentistry.

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
A laptop computer
Magnification Loupes if you have them, labeled with your name

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

Successful Standard Proficiency 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 SP course and exam. 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
David Roshkind, DMD
Mary Lynn Smith, RDH


Standard Proficiency Course Fees
Standard Proficiency Certification Course Fee for Conference Attendees
$970 additional for SP Program including 2 day Proficiency Certification Course, Clinical Exam with 1 wavelength device & Online Exam
Standard Proficiency Certifcation Course ONLY (not attending ALD conference)
$1325 - Includes: Wednesday & Thursday 2 day Proficiency Certification Course, Clinical Exam with 1 wavelength device & Online Exam



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



* Note: All Academy of Laser Dentistry members who hold a record of Standard Proficiency may participate, at no charge, in the Standard Proficiency lecture as a refresher at any time, but must notify ALD of your intent to do so.


After passing all required parts of Standard Proficiency, members of the ALD will receive a Certificate of successful completion and will be eligible to apply for the ALD Fellowship Program.


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 Advanced Proficiency Program Courses and Exams

  • Written Exam - Proctored at conference, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Clinical Simulation Examinations

  • By appointment at conference, typically Friday, April 27, 2018

Clinical Case Study Examinations

  • By appointment at conference, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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 Review & Written Examination. A 175 multiple choice online exam covers all areas of lasers in dentistry. Applicants must have achieved Standard Proficiency prior to beginning the Advanced Proficiency program. The online exam must be completed in person at the annual meeting and will be proctored.
  • 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 175 Question Multiple Choice Exam

Online Review is available upon application - Applications may be submitted between
August 15, 2017 - December 15, 2017.

The AP Part 1 Exam will take place in a proctored setting at the ALD Conference,
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Clinical Simulation Exam & Clinical Case Study Presentations
Clinical Simulation Exams - by appointment on Friday, April 27, 2018
Case Study Exams - by appointment on Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Who can apply/attend
Members of the Academy of Laser Dentistry who have achieved Standard Proficiency
Advanced Review and Exam:  Any ALD member with Standard Proficiency 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 Review and Written Examination - ONLINE
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 Online 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
August 15*
Clinical Case Study Submission to Mentor & ALD Office
December 15
175 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, 2018 a full refund will be issued less a $150 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after February 1, 2018.

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

Certification Documents

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