Steps to RDA

Simple steps to help you through the RDA application process.


crownRequired Certifications for RDA application:

  • Radiation Certification (X-ray Certification)
  • Coronal Polish Certification
  • Sealant
  • Valid CPR
  • California Practice Act
  • 8 HOUR Infection Control

These Certifications have to be from California. Certifications or License from other States will not be accepted and are not valid. CPR can be from any state.


  • Download the RDA application and fill out as directed. The link is below:
  • There is an application fee to be added.

Download the Application for RDA Examination and Licensure


  • Download the fingerprinting application and fill out as directed. The link is below.
  • Previous fingerprinting from green cards or any other source are not valid. The state wants new fingerprinting on this form only.

Download the Livescan Form

  • Find a Livescan location near you. The link is below.
  • Price will vary, so ask.
  • Some are by appointment only and some are walk in, so ask.

Find a Livescan location near you


  • Send in the application between the appropriate filing dates. The link is below:
  • Applications sent before or after the filling period will not be accepted by the Dental Board.
  • Make sure to make copies of everything you send & send certified!

View the 2017 RDA Examination Schedule


  • The Dental Board will contact you by mail when your application has been accepted. This may take a while. After acceptance you will have 2 test’s to take at different times and locations. The Dental Board will notify you by mail where and when for each.
  • WRITTEN-The Dental Board will notify you of your location options for testing. The test will be given on a computer and you will know if you passed or failed immediately.
  • PRACTICAL-The Dental Board will notify you of the date, time and location of your practical (hand on) test. You will be notified by mail if you passed or failed.

View More Information on the Dental Assistant Practical Examination


  • After you have sent in your application to the Dental Board, and while you are waiting for your acceptance letter to take your written and practical, you will need to study for both upcoming tests.

Purchase the RDA Refresher Manual.
Purchase the RDA Practical Review Seminar.


You will also need to rent a kit for your Practical test with the Dental Board. The link is below:

Call as soon as possible to secure you kit Practical kits rent out quickly!

J and Z Dental Rental:
(949) 422-3311


Once you have been notified by the Dental Board you have passed both written and practical test’s, you will be sent your green RDA card.

25 CEU’s will not be due for the first 2 years.


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