Benefits of Certification

There are many benefits to earning DANB’s CDA certification. In addition to higher salaries, there are many personal and professional benefits, such as increased pride, greater confidence, and higher career satisfaction.


Increased Pride


Greater Confidence


Higher Satisfaction

Employer Appreciation

Dental assistants who hold DANB certification are valued by their employers and this translates into additional benefits. For example, dental assistants who hold CDA certification are more likely to receive workplace perks such as paid vacation (85%), paid holidays (84%), retirement plans (67%), paid sick leave (55%), and free dental care (54%). This shows DANB certification brings more than just dollars – it leads to an overall great career package.

“I am proud of all the extra responsibilities that I have as a CDA certificant. The dentist I work for has confidence in my capabilities and entrusts me to perform various tasks for our patients so that the office runs more efficiently. It’s a great place to work!” – Jen W., CDA

95 percent blue


When asked, 95% of DANB certificants surveyed said they view dental assisting as a career, and 89% said they felt high job satisfaction.

In fact, 99% plan to renew their certification and 96% would encourage others to earn DANB certification! Job satisfaction is such a big part of enjoying what you do. Clearly, DANB certification translates into more smiles all around.

“I would love to encourage all assistants to at least earn CDA certification, if not more! Education and knowledge is power. When you feel good about yourself and the job that you are doing, it will spill over to other areas in your life too.” – Laura R., CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA


Ready For Career Growth

Many dental assistants want to see their career grow. Often, that growth starts with earning DANB certification. In many states, DANB’s CDA certification is recognized or required to take x-rays or perform expanded functions. Dental assistants who hold CDA certification are more likely to climb the career ladder in their state and earn additional credentials. For dental assistants who might move in the future, DANB certification can help you make the transition and stand out when looking for a new job.

“Becoming a CDA certificant laid a great foundation and opened so many doors for me. When I moved, my state recognized DANB’s CDA certification so I didn’t have to retake any courses. Also, I am now on my way to earn expanded functions!” – Clyde B., CDA




DANB certificants don’t look at their work as “just a job” – they are committed to dental assisting as a career.

On average, CDA certificants have been in the profession for more than 18 years and with the same employer for more than 8 years.

This loyalty is likely because CDA certificants are valued by their employers and rewarded for their contributions.


“I have been in dental assisting for 33 years love the job. I’ve been in all specialties made great money doing what I love.” – Alma P., CDA