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Eligibility


Candidates must meet eligibility criteria in at least one of the categories outlined below to apply for registration as a dental assistant in Alberta using the Application for Dental Assistant Registration.

The flow chart below depicts the eligibility routes to registration. For a larger version of the chart, click on the image to access a pdf. The eligibility routes are also explained below the chart.

Registration Qualification Flow Chart

Applying with the National Dental Assisting Examining Board Certificate

Graduates of Canadian Dental Assisting Programs

  • must successfully pass the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) written examination, or be scheduled to sit the exam
  • graduation must have occurred within the 3 years preceding date of application, or the applicant must demonstrate 900 hours of clinical dental assisting practice within the 3 years preceding date of application, or applicants must have completed a CADA-approved in-school clinical refresher course within the 3 years preceding date of application
  • graduates of dental assisting programs that do not hold Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) accreditation status must also successfully pass the NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation or successfully complete intra-oral upgrading at a CDAC-accredited dental assisting program

Graduates of Programs Outside of Canada

Internationally educated individuals who wish to pursue registration as a dental assistant are generally required to complete the following:

  • successful completion of the NDAEB written examination
  • successful completion of the NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation or successfully complete intra-oral upgrading at a CDAC-accredited dental assisting program

Please contact the CADA Registrar for additional information.

Applying Pursuant to the Canadian Labour Mobility Agreements

MRA Criteria

Candidates may be eligible for CADA registration pursuant to the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for Labour Mobility of Dental Assistants which has been signed by all the dental assisting regulatory bodies across Canada.

  • current registration in good standing in another regulated Canadian jurisdiction (Ontario and Quebec are not regulated), and
  • must demonstrate formal in-school training for Chairside Assisting, and NDAEB core skills (i.e. graduation documentation)
    • radiography
    • preliminary impressions
    • rubber dam
    • fluoride application
    • rubber cup polishing
    • bases and liners
    • matrices and wedges
    • oral hygiene instruction
    • dietary counselling
    • pit and fissure sealants
    • topical anesthetic
    • desensitizing agents
    • coronal whitening 

TILMA - Applicants from BC

Candidates who hold curernt certification in British Columbia (BC) BC may be eligible for CADA registration pursuant to the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA). TILMA states that any worker certified for an occupation by a regulatory authority of BC or Alberta shall be recognized as qualified to practice that occupation by the other province. Further information on TILMA can be found at www.tilma.ca.

As per TILMA, CADA will recognize any certified dental assistant who has a Practising License with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.

To become a regulated member of CADA certified dental assistants from BC must:

  • verify current licensure as a practising Certified Dental Assistant in good standing with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC

Applicants from BC in the following categories are not recognized under TILMA:

  • Temporary Certified Dental Assistants
  • Limited Certified Dental Assistants
  • Non-Practising Certified Dental Assistants

If you are registered in BC in a category other than Practising you may still apply for registration in Alberta through one of the standard processes outlined above.

This information is subject to change at any time.

Registration/licensure is different in every province in Canada. Candidates are asked to please contact the appropriate provincial dental assisting regulatory body where they will be residing for further information.