We are moving towards a national board exam (a change I support). Historically, California was only excepting the WREB exam in it’s pathway to licensure through examination. On November 15th, 2019, the Board voted to accept the ADEX exam as an alternative to the WREB.

Here is what the board published:

Acceptance of the ADEX Examination:

On November 15, 2019, the Dental Board of California (Board) voted to accept the ADEX Examination for the purpose of establishing eligibility for dental licensure in California. Candidates who initiate and successfully pass the ADEX examination on or after November 15, 2019 may use those results to apply for licensure in California. Examination results received prior to November 15, 2019 will not be accepted by the Board; this includes results of any component of the examination that was initiated prior to November 15, 2019.

Please be advised, beginning January 1, 2020, the Board requires an examination of applicants to practice dentistry in California to include assessing competency in the areas of diagnosis, treatment planning, and restorative, endodontic, periodontic, and prosthetic dentistry.

Prior to acceptance of applications for this new pathway to licensure, the Board must update its licensing system and develop application forms. The Board anticipates acceptance of applications beginning in Spring 2020. Please check the Board’s web site periodically for updates.

Link to the Orange County Dental Society announcement: https://www.ocds.org/new-item/announcements?AnnouncementKey=94223721-ea01-4f65-96bc-a86a6f0b635a