The ad hoc Committee for the development of credentialing criteria for CAED
members has completed its initial deliberations. The consensus of the Committee is
that it is appropriate for the CAED to establish multiple levels of membership. One of
these levels would be comparable to Accreditation status with the American Academy
of Cosmetic Dentistry as it was originally conceived. The proposed standards for the
CAED were designed to strike a balance such that they are demanding enough to be
worthwhile while remaining attainable for dentists who have a genuine interest in
advanced esthetic dentistry / esthetic laboratory techniques. Membership categories as proposed by the Committee would be as follows:
Attendance at the CAED annual meeting requires the payment of an annual
membership fee. Attendees are entitled to attend meetings and to participate in
Academy sponsored events.
2) Certified Member
Certified Members are required to meet the criteria for certified membership status as
outlined in the attached document “Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry – Certification
Criteria”. Certified Members are entitled to advertise as a “Certified Member of the Canadian
Academy for Esthetic Dentistry”, if and as permitted by their licensing body. It is therefore
agreed that the CAED should use a term unique and different from that used by other
academies and that “Certification” is an acceptable alternative.
3) Associate Member
There is an intermediate level of membership that is more readily attainable than Certified
Membership. The Committee proposes that an Associate Membership category be
established. The criteria for Associate Membership are 100 hours of continuing education
dedicated to esthetic dentistry. The course descriptions are submitted to the Certification
Committee for approval, and if approved, the candidate is being granted Associate
Membership status. Associate Membership qualifies as 10 points toward the 100 points
required for Certified Membership status.
Fellowship status can be considered at a future date, once a significant number of
Certified Members are in place. Fellowship status would be at a higher level than
Certified Membership status. The criteria for Fellowship are to be determined by the
membership when they deem it appropriate.
The Committee proposes that a new committee be struck, to be known as the
‘Certification Committee’. It is further recommended that the Certification Committee
be comprised of not less than three and not more than five members. Terms of office
for Certification Committee members are three years for a three member Committee,
or five years for a five member Committee. The terms of office overlap such that one
member of the Committee is replaced each year. This is intended to provide for
maximum continuity and stability of the Committee
The Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry was created to give Canadian dentists a forum to voice their needs and express their identity in the world of local and international esthetic dentistry.