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Continuous Practice Requirement

Dentists, dental therapists and CDAs must achieve the following minimum number of practice hours in the preceding three years (2013, 2014 and 2015) in order to renew their 2016/17 registration/certification as a practising dentist, dental therapist or CDA:

Dentist​900 hours
​CDA​600 hours
​Dental Therapist​900 hours


Acceptable continuous practice hours include the provision of clinical dental treatment and/or consultation, employment as a dental educator or dental researcher, or full-time enrollment in a dental education program.

Calculating your continuous practice hours

To meet the full continuous practice requirement, dentists and dental therapists must work approximately 25 hours per month, and CDAs must work approximately 17 hours per month (over a three-year period).

You are responsible for keeping track of your own yearly hours, and will be asked to report them during your annual renewal.

The table below may assist with calculating the hours you have worked. These calculations are based on working an 8-hour day for 48 weeks per year.

​Days worked per week​1-year total​3-year total
​1​384 hours​1152 hours
​2​768 hours 2304 hours
​3​1152 hours​3456 hours
​4​1536 hours​4608 hours
​5​1920 hours​5760 hours