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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CDA Certification Requirements and Forms​

Graduates of an accredited dental assisting program in B.C. who have successfully completed the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) written exam are eligible for certification with CDSBC.

Graduates from a non-accredited dental assisting program in B.C. must successfully complete both the written and clinical portions of the NDAEB exam to be eligible for certification with CDSBC. Visit the NDAEB website for more information.

View a listing of accredited and non-accredited DA schools in B.C. >>

NOTE: As part of the application process, applicants will have to undergo a Criminal Record Check (CRC) process conducted by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General. CDSBC will send your CRC to the Ministry on your behalf for processing after you submit your initial payment and your notarized copy of your government issued photo ID.

If you would like to check on the status of your Criminal Record Check, please contact the Ministry at 1-855-587-0185 (press option 2). You can also find more information on the Ministry's website here.​

The Ministry is currently taking four weeks to process CRC submissions. For those who are or have been registered with another regulatory body, please contact CDSBC registration department at registration@cdsbc.org to determine the appropriate timing for requesting your Certificate/Letter of Standing. This will ensure your Certificate of Standing is dated within our 30-day policy. ​

CDA Applications

Click on a category for more information and a link to each application package.

Certification applications

The general application processing time is 5-6 weeks. Please note that incomplete applications or insufficient information may delay your application process.​


​Extension requests

​Designation applications


Certification applications

Practising certification

This certification category is for individuals who have graduated from a level II dental assisting program from an accredited program and have a NDAEB Certificate.

IMPORTANT: If you have ever been or are currently registered/licensed in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing or Letter of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope.​

The Certificate is valid for up to 30 days from the date that it was signed. If applicant does not have their registration/certification process completed within the 30 days, a new Certificate will be required. Before requesting your Certificate or Letter of Standing, please contact our office at registration@cdsbc.org​ to determine the appropriate timing of this request. This is to ensure your Certificate or Letter of Standing is dated within our 30-day policy.

Limited certification​

This category of certification is for graduates of dental assisting/dental programs outside of British Columbia who are working towards satisfaction of the requirements for certification as a practicing CDA in BC.

Application for, and completion of an assessment of credentials by CDSBC is required to determine eligibility for this certification. If you have any questions or would like more information on how to apply for this certification, please email us at registration@cdsbc.org.

B.C. temporary certification

This certification category is for the dental assistant who has graduated from an accredited level II certified dental assisting program within B.C., but has yet to write the NDAEB. The temporary certification allows the graduate to provide the services of a practising CDA while waiting to complete the NDAEB written exam.

Please note:
you will be required to transfer to practising certification once you recieve your NDAEB certificate. Learn more >>

IMPORTANT: If you have ever been or are currently registered/licensed in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing or Letter of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope.​

The Certificate is valid for up to 30 days from the date that it was signed. If applicant does not have their registration/certification process completed within the 30 days, a new Certificate will be required. Before requesting your Certificate or Letter of Standing, please contact our office at registration@cdsbc.org​ to determine the appropriate timing of this request. This is to ensure your Certificate or Letter of Standing is dated within our 30-day policy.

Non-practising certification

This certification category is for individuals who are eligible to hold, practising certification, but who are selecting non-practising status at this time. Non-practising CDAs must not provide any service of a CDA.

IMPORTANT: If you have ever been or are currently registered/licensed in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing or Letter of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope.​

The Certificate is valid for up to 30 days from the date that it was signed. If applicant does not have their registration/certification process completed within the 30 days, a new Certificate will be required.​ Before requesting your Certificate or Letter of Standing, please contact our office at registration@cdsbc.org​ to determine the appropriate timing of this request. This is to ensure your Certificate or Letter of Standing is dated within our 30-day policy.

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Extension requests

Request for extension of limited or temporary certification

This transfer is available to CDAs who currently hold limited, temporary or temporary provisional certification and want to submit a request to extend certification.

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CDA designation applications

Prosthodontic designation

This designation is available to CDAs who have successfully completed a recognized Dental Prosthodontic Module at an accredited program.

Orthodontic Designation

This designation is available to CDAs who have successfully completed a recognized Dental Orthodontic Module at an accredited program.

Dental radiography designation

This designation is available to applicants who have successfully completed a recognized Dental Radiography Module at an accredited program in Canada.

Sedation assistant designation

CDAs who have successfully completed a recognized dental sedation assistant program have their designation recognized by the College. Sedation designation and the program attended will appear on CDA profiles in the Registrant Lookup and on renewal cards. Please contact registration@cdsbc.org​ for more information about how to have this designation recognized.

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Questions?

Email registration@cdsbc.org or call 604-736-3621 or 1-800-663-9169 to make an in-person appointment.