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Dental Assistant

Dental assistants provide supportive dental care services to maintain and promote oral health.


College of Alberta Dental Assistants
166, 14315 - 118 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T5L 4S6
Phone number: 780-486-2526
Toll-free phone number: 1-800-355-8940
Fax number: 780-486-2728


Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Dental Assistants Profession Regulation, registration with the College of Alberta Dental Assistants (CADA) is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members, who are authorized by the College, provide restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members may call themselves dental assistants or registered dental assistants or use the initials DA or RDA. Other dental office staff who are not registered may perform basic chairside dental assisting tasks.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved dental assistant program of studies or equivalent, and (2) an approved examination. Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the CADA website or contact the CADA.

Working in Alberta

Dental assistants who are registered and in good standing with a dental assisting regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if dental assistants in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To learn about certification for internationally educated dental assistants, see Dental Assistant Registration Process.

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