College of Alberta Dental Assistants


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Membership Benefits


All CADA members receive the following benefits:

  • College Highlights updates
  • notice of learning opportunities
  • a voice in policy decisions and the future direction of dental assisting
  • an opportunity to become involved in committees and positions that promote personal growth and leadership qualities
  • an Awards Program that recognizes excellence in dental assisting, personal achievement and contributions to the advancement of the profession
  • a united voice for members promoting: public awareness, cordial relations with health professional organizations, the expansion of the role of the dental assistant within the dental environment 

Registered Dental Assistants also receive the following benefits:

  • Malpractice Insurance coverage
  • recognized professional status through legislation, which includes use of protected titles and initials
  • direct vote at Annual General Meetings (AGM)
  • eligibility to run for elected Council positions

Registration with the College is mandatory for all practicing dental assistants in Alberta, but that registration can also be recognized in many other jurisdictions around the world. CADA allows members to join or return to active practice throughout the year.

Regulated members may also take a leave of absence from practice for any reason of their choice. Members taking maternity leaves, returning to school, travelling, or other similar reasons may use the leave of absence membership as a means of staying connected and as a simple path back to practice and registration.

The College offers support for participation in the mandatory Competence Program through web access to the necessary tools and information, access to suitable learning activities and advertising of upcoming education events.