Recertification

As described on our “How It Works” page, the Certified Dermatology Tech® (CDT) credential is valid for 2 years from the date of initial certification.  Thereafter, recertification every 2 years is required. We’ve done our best to keep this process affordable, as its primary intention is to simply ensure that each certified individual has maintained a higher level of dermatology-specific knowledge. Recertification provides the opportunity to stay current with the ongoing changes inherent to working in the medical field. See our “changelog” at the bottom of the page for examples of such changes.

The steps to recertification include:

  • REGISTRATION
    • Individuals may CLICK HERE to purchase. The cost is just $39.
    • Dermatology practices who are purchasing recertification for their staff should refer to our recertification summary here. Included within this PDF is a link providing the discounted rate of just $29/person.
      • Practice managers needing to recertify themselves should contact us directly as recertification is free. 
    • Please note that recertification testing is only available for those whose Certified Dermatology Tech® (CDT) credential is about to expire within 8 weeks or has expired within no greater than the last 6 months. Those whose certification is greater than 6 months past expiration are asked to contact us directly. 
  • REVIEW
    • Enrollment in the recertification course will provide 3 months of access to all course learning modules. Those seeking recertification should review any course material which has been added or updated since they were last tested. See “changelog” below for notable updates.
  • TEST
    • The recertification exam will consist of nearly 300 questions covering the most important topics reviewed in our course.
      • It will not be necessary to complete the entire test at once. Instead, each enrollee will be allowed to save their progress and resume the examination as needed over the span of 2 weeks (per testing attempt).  
      • You must complete recertification testing within 3 months of enrollment.
      • Unlike the original course requirement to watch all course modules, we will allow more flexibility for recertification. While those seeking recertification are certainly encouraged  to review any learning modules necessary, doing so will not be a requirement  provided recertification testing is passed with a score of 75 or better. 
        • To be clear – those who score:
          • 75 or better will earn recertification.
          • Between 65 and 75 percent will be provided one opportunity to retest.
          • Lower than 65 or two failed attempts (regardless of score) will require re-enrollment and completion of all ACDT course modules and post-tests.

We recognize that there will invariably be some individuals who are in need of a course refresher. For this reason, those unable to achieve a score of 75 or greater within 2 attempts of the recertification test will be required to re-enroll in the full ACDT course. Specifically, all course modules will need to be re-watched and all post-tests completed. This policy is intended to maintain the higher standards represented by those who hold the Certified Dermatology Tech® (CDT) credential. Those affected by this protocol will be contacted on an “as needed” basis (if/when two unsuccessful attempts at recertification testing have been completed). Discounted re-enrollment fees will apply.

If you would like more information about the recertification process, you may contact us at [email protected]  or you can use the Contact Form below. Thank you.

*ACDT COURSE CHANGELOG*

2014
Module Introduction to ICD-10 Added
Nizoral/Ketoconazole FDA Warning

2015
Module Prescription Order Entry Added
Module Introduction to ICD-10 Updated

2016
Videos Converted to Mobile-Friendly Format
ICD-9 References Removed

Otezla Added to MTX & Otezla Module
Picato Added to Topical Chemotherapies Module
Cosentyx Added to Biologics Module
Topicals Updated in Antifungals Module

2017
Rx Sample Advisory added to Introduction to Medications Modules
Z79.899 ICD-10 Code replaces V58.69 Code in Most Common Labs

2019
Updated biopsy codes in Introduction to Coding Pt I
Removal of ICD-10 “implementation” references
Pityriasis Rosea HHV and pregnancy concerns in Most Common Rashes & Conditions