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​​CDAs Returning to Practice

Quality Assurance Requirements

CDAs that want to return to practice must meet the quality assurance requirements which include having a current CE cycle and the minimum total of 600 continuous practice hours in the preceding three years.

If you have been away from clinical practice for less than 5 years, completion of an approved CDA refresher program or an approved guided clinical mentorship (minimum 3 months/20 hours per week) in a general dental practice may be considered for reinstatement of practising certification.

If you have been away from clinical practice for 5 to 9 years, completion of an approved CDA refresher program or successful completion of the National Dental Assisting Examining Board written and clinical examinations will be accepted for reinstatement of practising certification.

After an absence from practice of 10 or more years, successful completion of the National Dental Assisting Examining Board written and clinical examinations will be accepted for reinstatement of practising certification.

Note: Orthodontic and Prosthodontic Modules are not recognized after an absence from clinical practice of 5 or more years.

Documents

CDA Continuous Practice Request Form

Calculating your continuous practice hours

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

In order to fulfill this requirement, a CDA must perform the restricted activities that a CDA may perform under the CDSBC Bylaws. If you work in both an administrative and clinical capacity, you should keep track of your clinical hours for your records and as a reference for your annual renewal process. Dental reception hours are not eligible for your continuous practice requirement.

More information about the continuous practice requirement is available here >>