Components of Standard Level Laser Certification

Dr. John Graeber | 14 CE Credits


Standard level is the basic level of education in dental laser usage, including specific laser proficiency and laboratory knowledge. Candidates for standard must demonstrate basic understanding of all wavelengths via an online 75-question multiple choice psychometric examination and an oral clinical simulation proficiency exam, with at least one wavelength. The standard level defines the standard of care for the dental professional. The standard level also forms the base credential for progressing to the Advanced Proficiency level. Successful candidates at the Standard level can submit for the advanced examination immediately after obtaining their Standard certificate. Standard courses are held throughout the year by ALD recognized speakers. All exams will be administered in a proctored setting.

You Will Learn


  • Frenectomy and gingivectomy
  • Aphthous and herpetic ulcer treatment
  • Initiated/ ablating procedures for hard tissue
  • Uninitiated procedures for soft tissue


  • Treatment, planning, and billing
  • Non-invasive, non-surgical periodontal treatments
  • Aphthous and herpetic ulcer treatment

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Phoenix, AZ — May 8, 2020

14 CE Credits — Online & Hands-on
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Course Details

Components of Standard Level Certification (previously known as Standard Proficiency) include:

  • Module 1 - Online Course in Dental Laser Fundamentals (6 hours at your leisure)
  • A 75 question multiple choice psychometric Online Exam administered by the Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • Module 2 - In-person lectures and participation hands-on full day program provided by Ultradent Seminars (8 Hour Course)

Successful Standard Level Completion

Upon successful completion of the online exam and clinical simulation oral exam you will receive a letter from the Academy of Laser Dentistry (within 6-8 weeks) indicating your Continuing Education Credits for the exam. This will also include a 1 year membership to the ALD, and members will also receive a Certificate of Successful Completion noting the specific course participation and clinical simulation wavelength.

Overall Expected Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Standard Certification, expected learner outcomes include demonstration of the basic level of education in dental laser usage, including specific laser proficiency and laboratory knowledge. Successful learners demonstrate an understanding of all wavelengths via a 75-question multiple choice written examination and clinical simulation oral examination with at least one wavelength. Participants in the Standard Online Examination are required to have successfully completed the 14-hour Standard course and Clinical Simulation Oral Examination with an ALD recognized speaker. This level defines the standard of care for the dental professional.

About the New 2019 Standard Level

This new 2019 program shifts the emphasis from device characteristics to laser-tissue and laser-material interactions along with a deep dive understanding of absorption spectrum and chromophores. Biologic effects of laser interaction are critical concepts to understand the safety and effectiveness of clinical procedures. The 2019 – 2022 curriculum includes the currently available dental lasers, including wavelengths, delivery systems, and emission modes. It addresses the current U.S. FDA cleared clinical applications, to include hard tissue, soft tissue, therapeutic, and diagnostic indications. The laser safety section reflects the guidelines and terminology found in the supporting American National Standards Institute (ANSI) documents. The safety outline includes specific mention of a policies and procedures manual, safety audits, and education and training. This is covered in the Academy of Laser Dentistry Online Standard Module 1. A psychometrically valid standardized electronic written examination follows the online didactic segments and is administered during the clinical in-person module.

The hands-on and clinical simulation section is device or wavelength(s) specific with concentration on details for the chosen device or wavelength(s). It precludes a requirement of having completed the didactic section for general laser knowledge. This second half of the program (minimum of 8 hours of in-person contact time) allows for a more in-depth training experience. A clinical skills checklist will assess mastery of essential skill sets for each device or wavelength.

Upon completion of this course, participants successfully completing both the written and clinical simulation examinations will be recognized as having completed the certification program for a standard dental laser course.

Dr. John Graeber

Dr. John Graeber

Dr. John Graeber, DMD MAGD MALD FICD, is one of America’s most experienced laser dentists. He has maintained a full-time comprehensive cosmetic practice in East Hanover, New Jersey for 41 years. He has utilized Nd:YAG, Diode, Erbium:YAG, and Erbium Cr:YSGG dental lasers since 1991. An Alumnus of UMDNJ (1972), Dr. Graeber is a past president of the Tri-County Dental Society and the Metropolitan Academy of Laser Dentistry. He has served as a member of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs and served 12 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He has lectured internationally in many dental schools, esthetic continuums, and major dental meetings for more than 20 years on most laser devices. He has trained thousands of new owners for most of the major dental laser manufacturers. An Academy of Laser Dentistry Standard Course Provider, he has served as Certified Laser Educator at the Las Vegas Institute and has written 18 nationally published articles on lasers and minimally invasive dentistry. Dr. John Graeber is one of the founding members of and past president of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He is also former Chairman of Certification and Strategic Planning, and maintains an online diode laser training website at


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Ultradent Seminars is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Ultradent Seminars designates this activity for 8 continuing education credits.