Dental Technology Students

New Graduate Applications

As per S.46 (2) of the Health Professions Act of Alberta, registration with the College of Dental Technologists of Alberta (CDTA) is mandatory. Individuals engaged in the Profession of Dental Technology will be required to register with the appropriate Regulatory College in each jurisdiction. It should be noted that Dental Technology is not a regulated Profession in all Provinces. 

New graduates applying to the College of Dental Technologists of Alberta (CDTA) must successfully complete the CDTA’s practical examinations as specified in the Dental Technologists Profession Regulation.  These examinations are used to assess an applicant’s ability to meet the current registration requirements and entry to practice competence in Alberta.   

Registration Examination Process

Upon Graduation, you will be required to complete Practical Examination(s) prior to being eligible for a Practice Permit without conditions.

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.

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Temporary-Conditional Practice Permit Application

The CDTA offers graduates the option to apply for a temporary/conditional Practice Permit if they feel they need more experience prior to challenging the practical exam as administered by the CDTA.  Employers have indicated that the addition of conditions to Practice Permits will not impact the employability of graduates.

Temporary/conditional Practice Permits are issued under Section 19 of the Dental Technologists Profession Regulation.

(b) a requirement to practice under the supervision of a registered dental technologists or technician;

This means that graduates applying for Temporary-Conditional Practice Permits must be hired to work in an environment where either a Registered Dental Technologist or Technician in good standing with the CDTA, whose Practice Permit is not issued with any conditions, will be present and provide direct supervision.

(f) a requirement to complete any examinations, testing, assessment, counselling, training or education; and

The Temporary/Conditional licensure policy requires that graduates holding temporary/conditional Practice Permits complete the practical examinations in at least one competency within 13 months of graduation. Applications for Practical Examinations must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the examination date.

(h) a provision that the practice permit is valid only for a specified time or specified purpose.

Temporary/Conditional Practice Permits are issued for 18 months and will expire on August 31st of the year following graduation.  Requests for an extension of temporary/conditional Practice Permits must be submitted in writing to the Registration, Education and Competency Committee at least 3 months prior to August 31st.

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Please note that you must seek registration with the CDTA before you can legally work in any dental laboratory in Alberta.


Practical Examination - $500.00/Competency

Note: Examination supplies to be provided by applicant

Registration Application Fees: $250.00

Note: This fee is waived for graduates registered as Educational Student Members

Annual Practice Permit Fee: $780.00

Note: Registration fees may be prorated depending on the month of initial registration. 


The College of Dental Technologists of Alberta was established under the Health Professions Act and the Dental Technologists Profession Regulation in 2004. This legislation gives the College its authority and mandate to regulate the dental technology profession in Alberta.Legislation provides specific direction on how a College may operate its registration, continuing complete and discipline processes.Legislation is created by government.



The Dental Technologists Profession Regulation were created in accordance with Section 131 of the Health Professions and describe the specific rules and requirements that support the College in governing the profession. In particular, the College looks to its regulations when creating its registration and examination policies and procedures, implementing and administering its Continuing Competence audit process.



Council of the College creates its By-laws in accordance with Section 132 of the Health Professions Act. The By-laws provide the framework and foundation for College operations including, elections processes, College fees, the information that may appear on the public register, and renewal policies and procedures.


Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

Dental Technologists registered under the Health Professions Act(HPA) must adhere to the CDTA’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and only perform those duties and Restricted Activities in which they are competent after proper education, training and experience.


Continuing Competence Requirements

Registered Dental Technologists/Technicians are required to complete 60 hours of continuing competence credits in each 5 years of registration. These requirements are in effect for all Regulated Members, including registrants holding temporary/conditional Practice Permits.  Continuing competence cycles begin January 1st following th