Step One: Credential Processing
Credentialing is a process of evaluating the qualifications and practical experience of an applicant. It has two requirements: credential verification and comparing your credentials to the minimum dental technology education standard in Canada, which includes experiential hours.
There are currently four routes of entry to become registered with a dental technology regulator (DTR) and licensed to practice dental technology in Canada.
Approved Program Route
To get started you will need:
- A diploma in a dental technology program.
You are an applicant who is nearing completion or has successfully completed a dental technology program approved by CADTR; George Brown College, Vancouver Community College, CDI College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Manitoba Technical Vocational High School and Cégep Édouard-Montpetit.
If you do not meet these requirements when you apply and pay your non-refundable application fee, you will have 12 months from the date of application to fulfill them.
Approved Education Programs
Dental Technology Education
Equivalence (DTEE) Route
To get started you will need:
- An official transcript for the degree, diploma, or certificate.
- A report from an organization designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that authenticates your credentials.
- A description of all relevant courses taken (course outlines or syllabi) from the educational institution or, in extenuating circumstances, alternative documents approved by CADTR, and evidence of having completed 1300 experiential hours.
- You need to provide evidence of 1300 experiential hours in dental technology practice gained three years before the date of application. It can be a combination of experiential hours gained in continuing education programs or work experience acquired in any country.
You have graduated from a dental technology program not listed in Route #1, or another dental health program in Canada or outside of Canada. If you do not meet these requirements when you apply and pay your non-refundable application fee, you will have 12 months from the date of application to fulfill them.
*All documents submitted to CADTR must be in English or French. If the original exists in a language other than English or French, the applicant is responsible for having those documents translated by a certified translator.
Designated Credential Assessment (DCA) organizations
To get started you will need:
- A Letter of Referral from the DTR in the province that you were registered.
- Evidence of having completed 1300 hours in dental technology practice in the 3 years prior to the date of application, as a component of an education program and/or a combination of post-graduation dental technology practice in any country.
You are an applicant who was previously registered as a Registered Dental Technologist/Technician (RDT), Dental Technologist/Technician (DT) or Technologue en Prothèses et Appareils Dentaires (TPAD) with a Canadian Dental Technology Regulator (DTR) and has a Letter of Referral from the DTR that is received by CADTR no more than six months from the date of issue.
Letter of Credential and
You are an applicant who has completed the credentialing process with a Canadian Dental Technology Regulator. You must have a Letter of Credential and Assessment Standing from the Regulator that is received by CADTR no more than six months from the date of issue.
Try the Credential Self-Evaluation Tool
Before submitting your credentials to CADTR, use our Credential Self-Evaluation tool to self-evaluate your transcript, course syllabi/outlines and practice experience against each program area. Our CADTR Credential Evaluator uses this same criteria to evaluate your academic and practice experience across five program areas, each containing multiple, specific content components or elements. Once you sign in, you can return to it anytime to complete any section. When you are finished, review your report to determine gaps in your qualifications and consult the suggested resources.
Step Two: Competency Assessment
The Dental Technology Entry-to-Practice Assessment (DTETPA) measures the Canadian competencies required for entry-to-practice. It’s made up of two parts: Knowledge-Based Assessment and Performance-Based Assessment.
Knowledge-Based Assessment (KBA):
The KBA is a virtually proctored computer-based assessment comprised of 150-200 multiple choice and/or multiple select questions, taking no more than four (4) hours to complete.
Performance-Based Assessment (PBA):
The PBA consists of 8-12 stations to assess technical and non-technical skills, taking no more than four (4) hours to complete.
See CADTR main site for updated information, exam dates and locations.
Try the Knowledge-Based Assessment (KBA) Practice Tool
Use this tool as a study aid for success. Our practice questions mimic the content and structure of the actual KBA: 75 multiple choice, multiple select and image-based questions based on the KBA Master Blue-print. For a realistic assessment experience, aim to complete it within a 90-minute time limit. When you are finished, review your report to determine which areas of study need improvement.
Step Three: Register with a Province
Apply to the dental technology regulator (DTR) of the province in which you want to practice.
Note that not all provinces and territories regulate the practice of dental technology. Once you have successfully completed credentialing and the competency assessment, CADTR will notify the regulator in your province of choice.
There are eight regulatory bodies across Canada that are authorized to regulate the practice of dental technology. They serve to protect the public by ensuring that everyone seeking registration to practice dental technology meets standard qualifications in education and professional competencies. To become registered, you will need to apply for and receive a license through one of the regulatory bodies, according to where you choose to live and practice. Seven of the eight dental technology regulators are members of CADTR.