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Apply for Advanced Practice Authorization


Dental assistants may be authorized for the following advanced practices:

  • orthodontic
  • preventive
  • probing
  • prosthodontic

You must hold a valid practice permit and be authorized by us before providing advanced practice dental assisting services. We have two pathways to advanced practice authorization:

  • Approved Course
  • Substantial Equivalence

Use this form to apply for authorization to practice an Advanced Practice if you completed an Approved Course or if you can demonstrate Substantial Equivalence.

Approved Courses

These courses are Approved:

  • Columbia College Continuing Education Orthodontic Module
  • NAIT Dental Assisting Technology Program
  • SAIT Polytechnic Continuing Education Orthodontic Module
  • University of Alberta Continuing Dental Education Orthodontic Module

Substantial Equivalence

To demonstrate substantial equivalence, you must:

  • have completed formal education for an Advanced Practice equivalent to an Approved Program, or
  • have current dental assisting practice rights for an Advanced Practice that are:
    • for a Canadian province where dental assisting is regulated, and
    • in good standing and not limited in any way

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.