Dental Technology Students

2022 NAIT Graduate Application Package

 FINAL 2022 NAIT Graduate Application

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 the Dental Technology Entry to Practice Assessment (DTETPA) administered by the Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators (CADTR) prior to being eligible for a Practice Permit without conditions.

The DTETPA is 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.

The DTETPA is a two-part entry-to-practice assessment for the profession of Dental Technology and is recognized by all regulated jurisdictions in Canada.

Part 1. Knowledge-Based Assessment (KBA)

This is a virtually proctored computer-based assessment comprising 150-180 multiple choice, multiple select and image-based questions, taking no more than four hours to complete. 

Virtually Proctored KBA:


allows participants to take the KBA at a location of their choosing


monitored from start to finish by a real human and the entire session is recorded


cheating is red flagged


offered twice a year

Fee for KBA: $587 (fees are subject change annually) 
Date of PBA: To be scheduled for 2021


Part 2. Performance-Based Assessment (PBA)

The Performance-Based Assessment will consist of 8-12 stations to assess technical and non-technical skills, taking no more than four hours to complete. 

PBA stations:


simulates professional practice and set-up “like you’re in a lab”


requires participants to demonstrate the entry to practice skills


participants are required to bring some tools and supplies


offered once a year at three locations

Fee for PBA: $942 (fees are subject change annually) 
Date of PBA: To be scheduled for 2021

More information:

Temporary-Conditional Practice Permit Application

The CDTA offers temporary/conditional Practice Permits to new applicants who are awaiting an assessment date or for those who feel they need more experience prior to participating in the DTETPA.  

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 a Regulated Health Professional, that holds a current practice permit without 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 DTETPA competency within 18 months of graduation. 

(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.



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 are subjec to change annually


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 the initial year of registration.