Applying for Registration


Application Timelines
Times will vary, depending upon how quickly the applicant provides all required documentation.  Applications for registration cannot be evaluated until complete. The CDTA is committed to processing applications in a timely manner.


What are the fees associated with Registration?
Fees are non-refundable.

Application fee: $250

Examination fee: $500/competency

Registration fee: $780 Annually


Required Documents

  • Non-Refundable application fee of $250.00 (Application fees do not pay for any portion of examination or registration fees)
    • Payment can be made via, cheque, money order, visa or mastercard



  • Criminal Records Check from all jurisdictions within which you hold or have ever held a license to practice DentalTechnology. The Criminal Records Check must be dated within 90 days of the application. Original document required


  • Proof of citizenship, or that you have been lawfully admitted to Canada and are authorized to work in Canada(copy or passport, birth certificate, work permit, permanent residency or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada)


  • Third Party Qualification Assessment – Original document required:


  • International Qualifications “SPECIALIZED” Assessment (IQAS)



  • WES “ICAP-course by course”



  • ICAS “post secondary comprehensive -course by course assessment”



  • ICES “comprehensive report”



  • Graduate Institution Syllabus (translated to English as appropriate) - Original document or certified copy required


  • Graduate Diploma - Original document or certified copy required


Alternative proof of qualifications will be considered, on a case by case basis, in instances that an applicant cannot obtain the above listed documents for reasons beyond the applicant's control.


Referral to the Registration Committee


An application for registration will be referred to the Registration Committee if there are concerns as to whether the applicant has satisfied the requirements for registration or if there may be a reason to impose terms, conditions or limitations on thepractice permit. Examples of applicants who are referred to the Registration Committee are:

  • first-time applicants where there is a question that they have satisfied the requirements for registration;
  • experienced applicants from other regulated jurisdictions who may not have satisfied all of the requirements for registration;
  • applicants who have been Inactive or Retired, or who have had their license revoked or resigned, who wish to re-apply for registration;
  • applicants with previous offences, discipline decisions or other findings that are relevant to their suitability to practise Dental Technology. 

The Registration Committee generally meets once every eight weeks to review referrals.

The Registration Committee will typically review an application referral at the next available meeting of the Committee and may require the applicant to submit additional documentation or be interviewed before rendering a decision.

The Registration Committee will review referrals with reference to CDTA regulations and policies. 

Additional information that is typically requested may include:

  • a completed professional portfolio
  • a letter of good standing from jurisdictions in which the applicant has practised Dental Technology
  • a copy of any past discipline, professional negligence, malpractice or criminal decisions involving the applicant


Entry to Practice Examinations

Prior to registration you will be required to complete Practical Examination(s) prior to being eligible for a Practice Permit without conditions. Applicants will be authorized to practice only in the compency(ies) which they have successfully completed the practical examinations

Practical Exams are designed to:
1.    Examine your technical competency to evaluate your risk of affecting the physical and psychological health and safety of the public from incompetent, unethical, or impaired practice of the profession.
2.    Examine your qualifications to provide for an entry to practice standard of competence to the public.
3.    Examine that the education and experience you have gained demonstrates the competence required for registration as a regulated member of the CDTA.
4.    Ensure safety in the fabrication of a Dental Prosthesis and the finished restoration would not cause harm when placed intraorally.




When will I be able to participate in the practical examinations?
Once your application file is complete, you will be contacted and will be scheduled to challenge the practical examination at the next available examination date.  Typically, the practical exams are held once annually in the spring.  

Can I schedule to challenge the practical examinations before my application is complete?
The examination may only be written once an applicant’s file is complete. Completed applications must be received at least 90 days prior to the practical exams to allow sufficient time to produce and circulate required exam materials.

Can I start my application prior to arriving in Alberta?

Yes, new applicants are encouraged to begin the application process as early as possible.

Do I have to travel to Edmonton to challenge the practical examinations?
Yes, once your application has been approved, you will be notified of the time and location in Edmonton.

Is there a minimum time period that an applicant must have the study material, in order to prepare for the practical examination? 
Yes. An applicant will be supplied with the examination instructions and materials at least four weeks prior to the examination date. This time is required for applicants to complete preliminary work for the examination.