Announcements

 

Access to Dental Technology Project



Dear members,


Please click on the Access to Dental Technolgy project : 

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=2de4814d8f&view=att&th=1636de5...


The Canadian Alliance will provide quarterly updates as the project moves along.


College of Dental Technologists



Annual General Meeting

Please review the proposed Bylaw Amendments. You can access the document by clicking on the link below:

Regulated Members will be asked to vote on the proposed Bylaw amendments at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. 

The Annual General Meeting will be held in conjunction with Spectrum Days on Saturday, May 12th, 2018.

Where: Fantasy Land Hotel, West Edmonton Mall, 17700 87 Ave NW. Edmonton, AB.

Time: 2:00 pm – Immediately following the last presenter at Spectrum Days

Please also review the information below prior to the meeting:

Members Meetings

In an effort to minimize the increase in Membership Fees by streamlining the budget and by saving costs, the CDTA is considering holding one Annual General Meeting in the spring in conjunction with Spectrum Days.  The trend amongst other Regulatory Colleges is to move away from conducting General Meetings and rather, have adopted communication with their Members through electronic means. This trend has resulted in Members being better informed of the activities of their respective Colleges as not all Members are able to travel in order attend in-person meetings. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) has considerably higher attendance rates than does the Fall General Meeting (FGM). In 2017, the AGM was attended by 163 Members and the FGM was attended by 72 Members. In addition, the costs to the CDTA to hold the Fall General Meeting are significantly higher at approximately $5000.00. Historically, the fees and budget for the upcoming calendar year were presented to the Membership at the Fall General Meeting.  Because of the timing of renewals, the Council considers the Annual General Meeting a more appropriate time to present and discuss the fees and budget.

Continuing Competence Credits and attendance at AGM and FGM Meetings

Members currently earn six "non-technical" continuing competence credits for attendance at either the AGM of FGM and the CDTA recognizes that this may be a concern for some Members.  Credits earned for attendance at both the AGM and FGM exceed the number of “non-technical” credits allowed in each cycle.  Members are required to obtain 60 credits over 5-years, 2/3 (40 Credits) of which must be “technical credits”. Which means that during a 5-year cycle only three Members Meetings or other non-technical activities, may be used towards the credit requirements outlined in the Dental Technologists Profession Regulation.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Continuing Competence Credits please contact Competency Manager Bob Westlake @ membersinfo@cdta.ca.

The Council would like to encourage Members to provide feedback regarding the Bylaw Amendments or the change to the FGM via email to tara@cdta.ca.

Spectrum 

If you have not already done so, Members are encouraged to register for Spectrum Days.  

Registration information can be found at:

https://www.spectrum-day.com/sd-edmonton

Please contact Palmeri Publishing directly to register or for any information regarding Spectrum Days.

Call for Participation-Competency Focus Group

Dear Members,

I’m writing to seek your help on behalf of the Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators (CADTR). CADTR is looking for your valuable insight as a subject matter expert on a very important initiative focused on developing robust national competency assessment processes and national bilingual web-based resources. This will benefit both internationally and Canadian-educated dental technologist/technician applicants and will support standardized registration processes.

We urge you to consider participating in this initiative of national importance to enhance public safety by increasing access to dental technology.

Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators (CADTR) was recently awarded funding from the Government of Canada Foreign Credential Recognition Program in support of the “Access to Dental Technology Project”. The overriding purpose of the project is to create efficient standardized and harmonized credential assessment and licensure processes for Internationally Educated Dental Professionals (IEDP) leading to improved labour market integration. The likely benefits are to ensure that there is an adequate number of qualified and competent internationally and Canadian-educated registered dental technologists/technicians to practice this respected profession across Canada. 

How You Can Help

At this time, we have an opportunity for you to participate in the Competency Profile Review.

We are currently conducting a review of the Competency Profile for Canadian Dental Technicians/Technologists, 2011 (Competency Profile), which defines the required knowledge, skill and judgment of dental technologists/technicians. This very important document affects current and future practitioners and the public. It is the backbone of Entry-to-Practice Assessment; Standards of Practice; Quality Assurance; Professional Conduct; and communicates to the public the profession’s role and required competence.

We are holding a webinar to get your input to determine if the competencies reflect current practice and identify necessary modifications. No pre-reading or preparation is required to attend the webinar.

 Click here to register for a 2-hour webinar currently offered on three different dates.

Call for Participation-Registration Process Focus Group

Dear Members,

I’m writing to seek your help on behalf of the Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators (CADTR). CADTR is looking for your valuable insight as a subject matter expert on a very important initiative focused on developing robust national competency assessment processes and national bilingual web-based resources. This will benefit both internationally and Canadian-educated dental technologist/technician applicants and will support standardized registration processes.

We urge you to consider participating in this initiative of national importance to enhance public safety by increasing access to dental technology.

Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators (CADTR) was recently awarded funding from the Government of Canada Foreign Credential Recognition Program in support of the “Access to Dental Technology Project”. The overriding purpose of the project is to create efficient standardized and harmonized credential assessment and licensure processes for Internationally Educated Dental Professionals (IEDP) leading to improved labour market integration. The likely benefits are to ensure that there is an adequate number of qualified and competent internationally and Canadian-educated registered dental technologists/technicians to practice this respected profession across Canada. 

How You Can Help

At this time, we have an opportunity for you to participate in the Registration Process Review.

We would like to learn from the experiences of member’s who moved from another province or country and became registered in the past 5-years. We are holding a webinar to get your input. No pre-reading or preparation is required to attend the webinar.

Click here to register for a 1-hour webinar currently offered on three different dates.

Thank you in advance for your participation and valuable input to this national project.

Members Meetings

In an effort to minimize the increase in Membership Fees by streamlining the budget and by saving costs, the CDTA is considering holding one Annual General Meeting in the spring in conjunction with Spectrum Days.  The trend amongst other Regulatory Colleges is to move away from conducting General Meetings and rather, have adopted communication with their Members through electronic means. This trend has resulted in Members being better informed of the activities of their respective Colleges as not all Members are able to travel in order attend in-person meetings. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) has considerably higher attendance rates than does the Fall General Meeting (FGM). In 2017, the AGM was attended by 158 Members and the FGM was attended by 72 Members. In addition, the costs to the CDTA to hold the Fall General Meeting are significantly higher at approximately $5000.00. Historically, the fees and budget for the upcoming calendar year were presented to the Membership at the Fall General Meeting.  Because of the timing of renewals, the Council considers the Annual General Meeting a more appropriate time to present and discuss the fees and budget.

Continuing Competence Credits and attendance at AGM and FGM Meetings

Members currently earn six "non-technical" continuing competence credits for attendance at either the AGM of FGM and the CDTA recognizes that this may be a concern for some Members.  Credits earned for attendance at both the AGM and FGM exceed the number of “non-technical” credits allowed in each cycle.  Members are required to obtain 60 credits over 5-years, 2/3 (40 Credits) of which must be “technical credits”. Which means that during a 5-year cycle only three Members Meetings or other non-technical activities, may be used towards the credit requirements outlined in the Dental Technologists Profession Regulation.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Continuing Competence Credits please contact Competency Manager Bob Westlake @ membersinfo@cdta.ca.

 

The Council would like to encourage Members to provide feedback regarding the Bylaw Amendments or the change to the FGM via email to tara@cdta.ca.


ACCESS TO DENTAL TECHNOLOGY PROJECT

The College of Dental Technologists of Alberta, in collaboration with the Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators (CADTR), has received funding from the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP) for close to $575,000 over two years to support the Access to Dental Technology Project (ADT). This pan-Canadian project will help reduce barriers to employment in Dental Technology for internationally trained newcomers to Canada.

The project aims to ensure that Canada has the educated and skilled workforce needed to support professional and economic growth.

Learn more:

About the Access to the Dental Technology Project

The Government of Canada’s news release regarding the funding announcement (EN/FR)


 

October 13, 2017

Below is a case summary of a recent investigation into a Regulated Member of the CDTA.  This information is provided to inform Members regarding the disciplinary process under the Health Professions Act.

 


In December 2015 and January 2016 Complaints were received from two individuals concerning a Registered Dental Technologist.  The complaints were investigated by the College’s Complaints Director and the following allegations were referred to a discipline hearing before a Hearing Tribunal pursuant to the Health Professions Act of Alberta:

1.      

In or about 2015 or 2016 or both you provided professional services outside the scope of practice of a Dental Technologist;

2.      

In or about 2015 or 2016 or both you engaged in a restricted activity or activities without authorization, contrary to the Government Organization Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. G-10, Schedule 7.1, section 4; and

3.      

In or about 2015 or 2016 or both, you engaged in advertising or holding out or both of professional services that were untruthful, inaccurate or otherwise capable of misleading or misinforming the public, contrary to the Health Professions Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. H-7, section 102.

The Hearing Tribunal found the three allegations proven and imposed sanctions.  The Dental Technologist appealed the matter to the Council of the College and following an appeal hearing, the Council Appeal Panel found that allegations 1 and 2 overlapped and upheld the Hearing Tribunal’s finding on only one of them.  The Appeal Panel also upheld the Hearing Tribunal’s finding of unprofessional conduct on allegation 3.   The Council Appeal Panel varied the sanctions such that the following sanctions were imposed:

1.      

Reprimand;

2.      

Suspension of the Dental Technologist’s practice permit for 30 days;

3.      

Suspension of the Dental Technologist’s restricted activities authorization for one year;

4.      

$5,000 fine;

5.      

Order for the Dental Technologist to write letters to each patient for whom he provided a fixed or removable partial or complete denture, a fixed or removable orthodontic or periodontal appliance or an implant-supported prosthesis over the preceding two years notifying the patients that he may have omitted to refer them to a Denturist or Dentist to verify the final fit of their denture, appliance or prosthesis and advising them to see a Denturist or Dentist as soon as possible.

 

6.      

Costs of the hearing and 75% of the costs of the appeal in the total amount of $30,588.14.


 



 

 

September 13, 2017


Online renewals have been activated for the 2018 registration year. Please log on to www.cdta.ca and renew prior to the November 1st deadline. Please be aware that renewals must be completed prior to 11:59 pm on October 31st. Late Fees will automatically apply to any renewal completed after the deadline. Anyone requiring a status change must contact the College office.  Members are not able to change their own registration status during the renewal process.

The online renewal page can be found at www.cdta.ca under "Member Area" - "2018 Online Practice Permit Renewal".

If you are experiencing difficulty logging in, please e-mail the College office at tara@cdta.ca and we will respond with your log on information as soon as possible.

There is a $10.00 fee for a paper renewal form should you require one, again, please e-mail the College office to request an invoice for the form.


The Fall General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 22 @ 1:00 pm at the Baymont Inn and Suites 4311 49 Ave, Red Deer, AB.



May 15, 2017

 AGM/College Update

The Spring AGM was held on Saturday, May 13th, 2017.   In total 138 Members were in attendance at the meeting.  The College would like to thank those Members who took the time to participate in the AGM. 

The Bylaw Amendments to CDTA Bylaw 5.2 were approved and the updated Bylaws can be found at http://cdta.ca/cdta-documents.  The 2016 audited Financial Statements are also available at http://cdta.ca/cdta-documents.

The College is pleased to introduce the newly elected Council as follows:

President

Brian Cook

Vice President

Dwayne Lesko

Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair

Marinela Seremetkoska

Council Member

Pam Rehm

Council Member

Isabelle Peltonen

Council Member

Grant Maier

Public Member

Douglas Cooper

Public Member

Anthony McClellan

 

Forming an Alberta Association of Dental Technology

A presentation was given to the Membership at the AGM regarding the possibility of starting a Provincial Association of Dental Technology.  The College of Dental Technologists of Alberta (CDTA) is a regulatory College, governed by provincial legislation and is not authorized to perform the functions of an association.  Major benefits of forming an association include:

  1. Establishment of a Fee Guide
  2. Public Awareness Campaign
  3. Social Activities
  4. Group Benefits

Anyone who is interested in helping to organize or who would be interested in joining an association can get in touch at abassociationofdentaltech@gmail.com


 

Spectrum Days

Spectrum Days Registration Form

If you have any questions regarding Spectrum Day, we advise you to contact them directly for the latest information.

Phone: 905-489-1970



April 19, 2016

Important information                                                                                                    

 

RE: Work-share program

 

Dear member,

During these challenging economic times, many Dental Laboratories are finding it difficult to remain profitable even after going through a series of layoffs and/or reduction in the number of employee hours of work. With that being said, the College of Dental Technologists has recently become aware of a Work share program offered by the Government of Canada that provides for income support to allow Employers to retain their employees.

More information regarding the program can be found on Service Canada’s website at:

 http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/work_sharing/index.shtml

Or via Phone at: 1-866-891-5319

 

College of Dental Technologists

 


 

 

December 15, 2015

The Regulation Amendments approved by the Regulated Members at the October 25, 2015 Fall General Meeting have been forwarded to Alberta Health for review and comment.

These Regulation amendments are not in force until approved by the Government of Alberta.

Regulated Members are required to follow the current Dental Technologists Profession Regulation (Alberta Regulation 243/2004) until amendments are approved.