REMEMBER:  NCSBDE states on their website:
In North Carolina, there are two classifications for Dental Assistants (DAI and DAII.)  North Carolina does NOT certify assistants. Classification is based on experience and/or training as listed below.It is up to the employer to verify an assistant’s qualifications and determine if he/she is a DAI or DAII.

Dental assisting employees and potential employees are declaring they have graduated from an accredited dental assisting program (CODA – Commission on Dental Accreditation) when they have not graduated from the program(s).  For your documentation to verify an employee is actually a graduate request a copy of an official diploma from the employee as proof of graduation/ program completion.   A graduate of a CODA accredited program is recognized as a DA II according to the NCSBDE:   (1) completion of:
(a) an ADA-accredited dental assisting program and current certification in CPR; or

Also, if the employee declares to be a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) this can easily beverified on the Dental Assisting National Board’s website at this link:

In order to become a Certified Dental Assistant the candidate must pass a 320 question examination.  To maintain the CDA credential the person must completed 12 hours of CE per year, maintain current CPR certification, and pay an annual renewal fee.  Someone who is a current CDA is recognized as a DA II according to the NCSBDE:  (2) completion of the Dental Assistant certification examination(s) administered by the Dental Assisting National Board and current certification in CPR;

Thank you, Trudy Clark, Department Head of the Dental Assisting Program at Wake Technical Community Program

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