Education

As the leader of dental laboratory technology continuing education within the state of Florida, we are committed to
helping laboratories formulate a business that will grow, meet the requirements mandated by Florida law and help Certified Dental Technicians (CDT) and Certified Dental Laboratories (CDL) maintain their certification. FDLA members are eligible to receive discounted rates on all continuing education.
  • District Clinics – Rotating around the state of Florida, FDLA District Clinics offer laboratory owners and technicians/staff the opportunity receive continuing education credits year round on a variety of topics including the required “Florida Laws and Rules for Dental Laboratories” course. Visit our Calendar of Events for more information.
  • Online Education – FDLA offers online education, including the mandatory “Florida Laws and Rules for Dental Laboratories”
  • Southern States Symposium & Expo presented by FDLA – As the largest not for profit dental laboratory meeting in the country, attendees have an opportunity to meet with vendors of dental laboratory products/services to discuss equipment, supplies and techniques that can improve their business. A wide range of technical clinics are scheduled to provide members with the most current industry standards and continuing education.

Legislative/Government Relations

FDLA works with several agencies to modify and strengthen existing laws affecting dental laboratories and ensure that such regulations strike a balance between patient safety and ease of compliance. FDLA members are provided critical updates and reminders for important legislation, deadlines and regulatory alerts.
  • Florida State Laws Affecting Dental Laboratories Manual – FDLA has developed a manual defining the state laws affecting dental laboratories. This manual explains in detail: continuing education, data required on prescriptions, materials disclosure and point of origin requirements necessary with all communication and case work executed between the dentist and laboratory..
  • Continuing Education Requirement – The state of Florida mandates that each laboratory in Florida must receive 18 hours of Florida approved continuing education credit every two years. FDLA is an approved provider and offers a variety of courses – including the mandatory course on “Florida Laws and Rules for Dental Laboratories.”
Communication
  • focus Magazine – FDLA’s quarterly focus Magazine is the most widely read state dental laboratory association publication. It provides updates on crucial industry information, new technology, laboratory management and other issues of vital concern. FDLA members receive a complimentary subscription as part of their membership.
  • Website – FDLA’s Website, www.fdla.net, has comprehensive information on pertinent industry updates as well as conference registration forms, an online directory that enables dentists to look up FDLA member laboratories and other links.
Business Services
(available to laboratory members)
  • Human Resource Hotline – The average dental laboratory does not have the workforce or means to hire a human resources manager. Even larger laboratories that have a human resources manager may need some advice on tough situations from time to time. FDLA members receive human resources telephone consultation services FREE OF CHARGE!
  • Credit Card Payment Processing – FDLA member laboratories are eligible to receive discounted rates on credit and debit card processing. Our provider specializes in creating card acceptance programs specifically for the dental industry.
  • Technology Conservation Group  – An electronics recycling, asset management and electronic component distribution company providing a full complement of end-of-life electronics management services. 
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  • Collection Agency – Get paid the money you already earned! Burt and Associates is a collection agency with an over 70% success rate. They are professional and assertive while doing everything they can to help you get paid the money you are owed.
  • Shipping Discounts  – The Florida Dental Laboratory Association is a state member of the National Association of Dental Laboratories.  As a result of this partnership, members of the FDLA can utilize and benefit from a special program through UPS for shipping services.  FDLA members can sign up to participate in this discount program for UPS shipping online at http://www.savewithups.com/nadl or by calling 1-800-325-7000.