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Apply for Advanced Practice Authorization


Orthodontics is an advanced practice. You must be authorized by us before providing advanced practice dental assisting services.

We have two pathways to advanced practice authorization:

  • Approved Program
  • Substantial Equivalence

Approved Program

These programs are Approved:

  • Columbia College Orthodontic Module, approved since December 20, 2018
  • SAIT Polytechnic Orthodontic Education Course (DENT 102), approved since February 11, 2019, and until August 1, 2019
  • University of Alberta Continuing Dental Education Orthodontic Education Course, approved since February 11, 2019

To apply through an Approved Program you must:

  • hold a valid Practice Permit,* and
  • have completed formal education for orthodontic procedures through an Approved Program

Substantial Equivalence

To apply through Substantial Equivalence you must:

  • hold a valid Practice Permit,* and
  • have completed formal education for orthodontic procedures through a program that is not approved by the College but is substantially equivalent, or
  • have current dental assisting practice rights (registration/certification/license) for orthodontic procedures that:
    • are for a Canadian province where dental assisting is regulated, and
    • are in good standing and not limited in any way

*If you are applying for a Practice Permit (Registration/Reinstatement), submit your Application for Advanced Practice Authorization with your Registration Application or Reinstatement Application.

There are other factors that may impact your eligibility for advanced practice authorization. Check our applications and Registration Policies for details.

This information is subject to change at any time.