Our Mission: The purpose of The Foundation is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by developing educational curriculum and programs that will be relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team.
Our Purpose: The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, which was incorporated in 2008, is committed to advocating and raising awareness for the necessity of dental laboratory technology education for dental laboratory technicians and other affected members of the dental team. The Foundation will develop a body of knowledge for Dental Laboratory Technology that will incorporate industry driven needs that are derived from the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) Competency Standards, the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology’s (NBC) Job Task Analysis. The Foundation will promote the body of knowledge that supports the needs of the industry and dentistry. The Foundation will provide scholarships to interested candidates for advanced education or certification. The Foundation will develop education programs that will be relevant and accessible to both dental technicians working in a laboratory setting as well as dental laboratory technology students.
While the Foundation will have a close relationship to the National Association of Dental Laboratories and National Board of Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology, it is its own entity with the goal of helping to educate dental laboratory professionals.
One of the Foundation’s primary goals is to develop a web-delivered educational body of knowledge for dental technicians that will meet the needs of today’s commercial dental laboratories. Many dental laboratories that employ more than a few people struggle with how to appropriately and adequately train and educate their employees so that their work is consistent and the product they produce meets their quality expectations. Part of the challenge is having the time to relay the necessary knowledge to the technician, on top of the time-consuming challenge of demonstrating the necessary physical skills. The Foundation’s Web-based education is an important part of the in-house training and education for laboratories not able to develop their own.