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.
Applying with the National Dental Assisting Examining Board Certificate
Graduates of Canadian Dental Assisting Programs
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:
Please contact the CADA Registrar for additional information.
Applying Pursuant to the Canadian Labour Mobility Agreements
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.
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:
Applicants from BC in the following categories are not recognized under TILMA:
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.