We’re the central point of contact for internationally and domestically educated professionals who want to become licensed and practice dental technology in Canada. We provide information about coming to Canada, guidance in getting registered with a dental technology regulator (DTR), and tools to help you get started in your home country.
On behalf of our members, we evaluate the education and qualifications of applicants educated in Canada and abroad in dental technology and other dental health programs. We also set and administer the Dental Technology Entry-to-Practice Assessment (DTETPA) to determine a candidate’s readiness for safe, effective and independent dental technology practice.
Glossary of Terms & Acronyms
A process that involves the collection, verification and evaluation of information regarding the education, training, experience, and ability of an individual to practice in the dental technology profession.
Designated Credential Assessment (DCA) Organizations
An organization that is designated by Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to determine your program of study, confirm the authenticity of your academic document(s) and the institution(s) that issued them, determine the level of your education, and its equivalence to Canadian education.
Letter of Credential and Assessment Standing (L-CAS)
A requirement for applicants who have been credentialed with a DTR, have not completed the full entry-to-practice examinations/assessments, and want to sit for one or both of CADTR’s Knowledge Based Assessment and Performance Based Assessment. The L-CAS completed by the DTR includes the applicant’s credentialing status, education history and examination/assessment status and any additional information that is specific to the application.
Letter of Referral
A requirement for applicants who are no longer registered with a DTR and want to complete the entry-to-practice eligibility requirements necessary to re-register. It includes the applicant’s credentialing status, education history, registration status, professional conduct history and any additional information that is specific to the application.
Practicum Student Program (PSP)
A program offered by the College of Dental Technologists of Alberta (CDTA) to individuals who do not have the required formal education but are enrolled in a two-year program approved by CDTA where they can acquire the necessary skills and knowledge through work experiences under the direct supervision of a Registered Dental Technologist or Registered Dental Technician.
Applicants who have completed the CDTA PSP program are eligible to apply with CADTR for credentialing and assessment through the L-CAS route. Applicants interested in the PSP program should contact the CDTA for more information at [email protected].
Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR)
A process for dental laboratory assistants who do not have the required formal education but can demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge through work experiences.
Applicants who have completed the College of Dental Technicians of British Columbia (CDTBC) PLAR program are eligible to apply with CADTR for assessment through the L-CAS route. Applicants interested in the PLAR program should contact CDTBC for more information at [email protected].
- Approved Program
- Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators
- Designated Credential Assessment
- Dental Technology Regulator in Canada
- Dental Technology Education Equivalence
- Dental Technology Entry-to-Practice Assessment
- Knowledge-Based Assessment
- Letter of Credential and Assessment Standing
- National Essential Entry-to-Practice Competencies
- Performance-Based Assessment
- Profession Specific Credential Evaluation
- Prior Learning Assessment Recognition
- Practicum Student Program
- Referral Route