EDPA Certification and Testing


The EDPA Certification Committee and Board of Directors has voted to open an EDPA "Skilled Validation Test" Certification for 2018 ONLY. This is for IAED Certified EDPs that have undergone Case Study Review, Written Test and Practical Test with the IAED. Providers certified via IAED Certification Amalgamation DO NOT qualify for the Skills Test. 

Email Rebecca Green: becca3146@hotmail.com for the application and questions regarding the process. 

All applicants must prove IAED Certification, Letters of Recommendation, send in 2 case studies for pre-approval and then pass the EDPA Written Skilled Validation Test with a 75% or better. This test will only be offered one time- October 25, 2018 in Katy, Texas. 

EDPA Member Skilled Test Pre-Approval fee is $50.00
Non-Member Skilled Test Pre-Approval fee is $100.00

EDPA Members Written Skilled Test fee is $150.00
Non Member Written Skilled Test fee is $250.00

EDPA Certification Test Candidates:


All EDPA Certification Candidates MUST be Pre-approved prior to testing. Pre Approval Guidelines are below as well as Certification Test Guidlines. The Certification Application, Sample Case Study and Test Resources are on on the EDPA Forms page. All Candidates must PASS the Written Exam prior to taking the Practical Exam.


The NEXT EDPA Certification Test will be held at the 2018 EDPA Conference in Katy, Texas. Deadline for Pre-Certification is September 1, 2018. 

For more information email: ExecSec@EDPAonline.org



Robin Mingione

416 S. Zoar Church Rd

Madison, IN 47250





If mailed to Texas address there will be a $75.00 re-mailing fee added to your cost of application. 



Robin Mingione

416 S. Zoar Church Rd

Madison, IN 47250





If mailed to Texas address there will be a $75.00 re-mailing fee added to your cost of application. 

Sample Chart for Pre-Certification Application
Please open or print this document and use as a sample for case study submissions for pre-certification approval. This is just a sample. We recommend all case studies include a completed dental chart with appropriate pictures labeled with EDP Name, Case #, before and after. For more information contact Execsec@edpaonline.org or Rebecca Green: becca3146@hotmail.com
Sample Chart for EDPA website.pdf
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Sample Case Study Photos


Equine Dental Providers of America


Pre-Certification Evaluation Requirements


1. The Applicant must fill out the application form and pay the Evaluation Fee.

*EDPA Member Evaluation Fee: $50.00

* Non – EDPA Member Evaluation Fee: $100.00


2. In order to qualify for EDPA Certification Evaluation, the applicant must complete either “a” or “b” and submit “Case Studies” as stated below:


 a. Provide a “Certificate of Completion” in fields of equine/animal education.

* This can include under graduate or graduate school, technical school, continuing education courses, or other equine dentistry courses. 

            NOT ALL Equine Dentistry Schools or Programs are approved sources of             education for EDPA Certification!


b. Apprenticeship.

*Applicant must complete an apprenticeship under supervision of a veterinarian or

certified equine dental provider. Applicant must provide the EDPA Apprentice

Evaluation form signed by referenced supervisor.


3. Case Studies:

*The Applicant must provide a minimum of 10 or more case studies of varied degree of difficulty and stages of age in which they have provided care. Case studies must include the following:

1. Before pictures of left, right, front- closed and left, right, front open as well as interior.

2. Dental chart detailed with evaluation of condition.

3. Detailed and explicit course of maintenance.

4. After pictures of left, right, front- closed and left, right, front open as well as interior.


* Applicant must have ALL Case Charts signed by the attending or supervising veterinarian.


* Applicant must have references and letters of recommendations from two (2) horse owners as well as two (2) additional veterinarians.


Applicant must have all necessary documentation and case studies to the EDPA. The EDPA has 30 days to review the application and respond with approval or denial with recommendations to the applicant.


Once the applicant has received EDPA Pre-certification Evaluation Approval, the applicant may then apply for the EDPA Certification Test. See the EDPA Certification Test Guidelines for more details.


For questions or more information, contact the EDPA Certification Committee Chairman:

Rebecca Green- becca3146@hotmail.com




Equine Dental Providers of America

Certification Test Guidelines

After completion and approval of the EDPA Pre-certification Evaluation, an applicant may apply for the EDPA Equine Dental Provider Certification. The Certification Test will be held annually. Texas resident applicants have first option for certification testing within the deadline set by EDPA.


The Applicant must register for the EDPA Certification Test and pay the applicable fee by EDPA posted deadline to be eligible to test in the same year.  

            * EDPA Member Fee- $500.00

            * Non- Member Fee- $650.00


Applicants for Equine Dental Provider (EDP) Certification must pass a written exam and a practical exam for EDPA Certification.

The EDPA Certification Written Test will include questions regarding the following:

1. Anatomy, including musculoskeletal structures, organs of the head and neck

2. Tooth anatomy and morphology

3. Diseases that show up in the mouth so that an  (EDP) would know when to refuse                   to treat and send the case to a vet.

4. Knowledge of tools, function and hazards of equipment and instrumentation used                   in tooth floating

5. Potential harm and side effects caused by tooth floating, and possible results of                         poor tooth floating technique.

6. Disease control and sterilization of equipment

7. The limits of the scope of practice for an EDP, including the use of sedation, the                       requirement of veterinary supervision, and ensuring that a proper veterinary-client-                 patient relationship is established and maintained

8. Universal terminology

9. Texas law

10. Documentation- Charting

 The applicant has one hour to complete the test and must pass the written test with 80% or above before eligible to move on to the EDPA Practical Exam.

*If the applicant fails the written test, the applicant has the opportunity to retake the test the following year (and only the following year) without additional cost.


The EDPA Practical Exam will follow the EDPA Written Exam and will consist of the following:


EDPA Certification Practical Test Procedure


*All Practical Test Applicants must have passed the EDPA Written Test prior with an 80% or better.


All Applicants will be given a Practical Testing Time to be at the approved testing site.  The applicant must correctly chart and address the skull’s pathology.


The following steps will be followed for the EDPA Certification Practical Test


1. The skulls to be used will have normal routine dental conditions. There will be a total of 5 skulls to be charted and evaluated by each applicant.


2. Up to 5 Certification Testing Applicants will test at the same time. Each Applicant will have 25 minutes per skull to evaluate. A maximum of 3 testing sessions per day with a total of 15 applicants per day in 3 hour intervals.


3. The Team of Evaluators will access each skull prior to testing. The EDP Evaluators will chart the skull noting the dental issues using the EDPA Certification Evaluator Chart. All Evaluators will compare and agree on the skull pathology and assessment pre-test.


4. After all Pre-test Evaluations are completed. The Evaluators will leave the test area and will not return until all applicants are completed.


5. The Certification Director will be present during the entire Practical Testing process.


6. The Applicants will be assigned a skull to start the testing.  The applicant will rotate to the next skull station when directed by the Director. The applicant will have a separate chart per skull. The applicant has 25 minutes per skull station to complete each chart. The total time for the Practical Exam is 2 hours.


7. The Applicant is to chart the skull using the EDPA Certification Test Dental Chart. The applicant must correctly chart the conditions in the skull’s oral cavity. The Applicant is to then address the issues in writing with appropriate tool usage and detail all on the appropriate skull chart.


8. A display sample of hand floats and power tools will be provided as a resource. The EDP applicant can use hand floats or power floats to explain approach.


9. When applicant is completed with addressing dental issues, it is expected the applicant will do post evaluation of the skull and after care instructions.


10. The Applicant then must turn in their EDPA Certification Test Dental Charts for all 5 skulls to the Certification Director and leave testing location.


11. When all Applicants are completed (or 2 hour time limit has expired), all applicants must leave the testing site.


12. The Team of Evaluators will review each skull chart per applicant comparing the Pre- Evaluation Chart to the Applicant's Test Chart. The Evaluators must determine if the applicant addressed the malocclusions while preserving functionality of the oral cavity, and practicing the policy “to do no harm” by the following standards:

  1. To remove sharp enamel points which cause harm to soft tissue.
  2. To remove malocclusions which interfere with occlusion and lateral excursion, of the molars and incisors.
  3. And to maintain and maximize occlusion of the opposing chewing surfaces
  4. Overall balanced and functional mouth.


13. The Evaluators will then score each applicant on the following categories and point scale:  Test= 250 total points with a Pass/Fail Scoring:


The evaluation by the team of Evaluators will be determined by the following categories:

Each Skull is worth 50 points for a total practical test of 250 points (5 skulls).

  1. Proper charting with legible writing (5 points)
  2. Assessment of malocclusions and identifiable conditions (15 points)
  3. Describe approach and procedure to address conditions (15 points)
  4. Describe tools used for approach and procedures (10 points)
  5. After Care/Recommendations (5 points)


The EDPA Certification Applicant must pass the Practical Exam with an 80% or better.


14. The Certification Director will award Certified EDP Certificates to the Applicants that passed the EDPA Certification in writing and notify any who failed.


The skulls will be charted by a team of evaluators and the applicants work will be evaluated by the team. The team will consist of the EDPA Director of Certification, one (1) Certified EDPA member  and one Texas Licensed DVM and these team members are those which have no conflict of interest associated with the candidate’s testing.


 *If the applicant fails the practical test, the applicant has the opportunity to retake the test the following year (and only the following year) without additional cost.


For more information regarding the EDPA Certification Guidelines or Exam, please contact the EDPA Certification Director:

Rebecca Green- becca3146@hotmail.com