Registration and Licensure in Canadian Provinces/Territories
The National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) is not a regulatory body. The registration/licensure of dental assistants in Canada rests with the provincial Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities (DARA) often referred to as a "regulatory college", "board", "council" or "association". All provincial Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities (DARA) with the exception of Quebec, require initial dental assistant registrants to hold the NDAEB certificate to become licensed/registered/certified as a dental assistant. If you are not certain as to the requirement for the NDAEB certificate in the province you intend to work in, contact the DARA before registering for the NDAEB written examination or Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE).
Candidates applying to write the NDAEB examination or registering for the Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE) do so voluntarily. The NDAEB assumes you are aware of the regulatory requirements in your province before submitting your written exam or CPE application.
Registration/licensure requirements, scope-of-practice, etc. vary between jurisdictions. Dental assistants seeking information on regulatory issues in various provinces/territories are urged to contact the DARA as listed below.
Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities (DARAs)
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Board
Suite 204, 49-55 Elizabeth Avenue
St. John's, NL
Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia
1559 Brunswick Street
New Brunswick Dental Society
520 King Street, Carleton Place #820
Box 488, Stn A
Prince Edward Island
Dental Council of Prince Edward Island
184 Belvedere Ave
Dental assisting is not regulated in Quebec. For information contact:
Ordre des Dentistes du Quebec
625 boulevard Rene Levesque Ouest
Dental assisting is not regulated in Ontario. The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) requires their members to assign Level II duties to dental assistants holding the NDAEB certificate.
Manitoba Dental Association
202-1735 Corydon Avenue
Saskatchewan Dental Assistants Association
P.O. Box 294
703 3rd Street
College of Alberta Dental Assistants
#166-14315 118th Avenue NW
College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia
500-1765 West 8th Avenue
National Health and Welfare
Government of Yukon Territories
P.O. Box 2703
Planning a move to another Canadian jurisdiction?
Dental assistants moving between provincial/territorial jurisdictions are urged to contact the DARA in the province/territory they intend to work in prior to moving. Being aware of provincial regulatory requirements and licensure/registration issues before moving may help alleviate unforeseen barriers to entering the workforce. Dental assistants may wish to contact the Canadian Dental Assistants Association at (800) 345-5137 for information regarding the Mutual Recognition Agreement Dental Assisting which came into effect on July 1, 2001.
Planning a move to the United States?
Dental assisting in the USA is state regulated in a manner similar to provincial regulation in Canada. For information on dental assisting in the USA, contact the American Dental Assistants Association in Chicago, Illinois at: (312) 541-1550 or the dentistry regulatory body in the state you wish to work in.