Q1. The CDSBC Bylaws require a certain number of practice hours over a three-year period. What three years are you referring to?
The hours of practice being considered fall in the three years preceding the renewal year. For renewal of practising status in 2014/15, the timeframe for continous practice hours is January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013. Acceptable continous practice hours include the provision of clinical dental treament and/or consultation, employment as a dental educator or dental researcher, or full-time enrollment in a dental education program.
Q2. What if I don’t have the required number of hours required for renewal of practising registration/certification or transferring to practising registration/certification
If a dentist or a CDA does not have the required number of hours for renewal of their practising registration/certification, or if they wish to transfer to practicing status after being out for an extended period of time, they may submit a proposal to the Registration Committee (dentists) or the CDA Certification Committee (CDAs) outlining what they propose to do to demonstrate their competency. This might include successful completion of an exam, course, or other approved education and/or clinical mentorship. The Committees will approve proposals on an individual basis.
For dentists who do not have the required continuous practice hours and wish to hold practising registration, an application (below) and letter should be submitted to the Registration Committee outlining specific circumstances, along with a proposal for establishing competence, if applicable.
Dentist Continuous Practice Proposal Application Form
For CDAs who do not have the required continuous practice hours and wish to hold practising certification, an application (below) along with your written proposal should be submitted to the Certification Committee. Your proposal may include: a guided mentorship in a dental practice with defined expectations, completion of the National Dental Assisting Examining Board two-part Written and Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE), or completion of an approved clinical refresher course (below).
CDA Continuous Practice Proposal Application Form
Vancouver Community College - Certified Dental Assistant Refresher Course
Q3. I won’t meet the continuous practice requirement for renewal in 2014/15. Does the reason I haven’t been practicing make a difference?
Q4. The continuous practice requirement that dentists have 900 hours of practice and CDAs have 600 seems like a lot. Can you explain it further?
A. No. The requirement for continuous practice applies to all dentists and CDAs, regardless of their individual circumstances. The underlying principle behind the continuous practice requirement is safety of the public. For this reason, dentists and CDAs who don’t meet the requirement will be unable to renew their practicing registration/certification in 2014. Renewal as a non-practising dentist or CDA is available for those not practising and may be held indefinitely.
The full continuous practice requirement works out to approximately 25 hours of work per month for dentists over a three-year period. For CDAs, it works out to approximately 17 hours of work per month over the three years. The following table may be helpful in calculating the hours you have worked based on working an 8 hour day for 48 weeks per year.
Q5. How long can I hold non-practising registration/certification?
|Days worked per week
||1 year total
||3 year total
A dentist or a CDA may hold non-practising registration/certification indefinitely. However, if they want to regain practising status, they will be required to meet the Quality Assurance requirements in place at that time. Note:After an extended absence of ten or more years, educational credentials will not be recognized.
Q6. I work in a dental office as both a CDA and receptionist. Are my reception hours eligible for Continuous Practice?
No, they are not. The Quality Assurance Committee states that in order to fulfill the continuous practice requirement, a CDA must perform the restricted activities a CDA may perform under the CDSBC Bylaws. If you work in both an administrative and clinical capacity, calculation of your clinical hours should be maintained for your record and as a reference for completion of the annual renewal process.
Q7. How can I meet the Continuous Practice requirements if I don't hold practising registration?
CDSBC may grant temporary registration/certification to allow the dentist or CDA to perform restricted activities as part of their accepted proposals (see Question 2, above).