CDA initial certification

Graduates of an accredited dental assisting program in B.C. who have successfully completed the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) written exam are eligible for certification with BCCOHP.

Graduates from a non-accredited dental assisting program in B.C. must successfully complete both the written and clinical portions of the NDAEB exam to be eligible for certification with BCCOHP. Visit the NDAEB website for more information.

NOTE: As part of the application process, applicants will have to undergo a Criminal Record Check (CRC) process conducted by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General. BCCOHP will send your CRC to the Ministry on your behalf for processing after you submit your initial payment and your notarized copy of your government-issued photo ID.

If you would like to check on the status of your Criminal Record Check, please contact the Ministry at 1-855-587-0185 (press option 2). You can also find more information on the Ministry’s website here.

Click on the category below for the application registration package or link. To learn more about the certification categories, please visit the CDA certification classes page.

Certification applications

This certification category is for individuals who have graduated from a level II dental assisting program from an accredited program and have a NDAEB Certificate.

​This online application process will allow you to open a web account and submit the required information for your full certification with BCCOHP.

  • Your application must be completed in one attempt
  • If you logout or close your web browser your partially completed application will not be saved
  • You will be able to upload documents after your application has been completed
  • The online application process may take up to 20 minutes
  • The general application processing time is 5-6 weeks. Please note that incomplete applications or insufficient information may delay your application process.
  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) required for applicants may take 4 weeks to process. To ensure timely submission, please submit your initial payment and notarized copy of government issued photo ID required for CRC submission as soon as you can. ​​

Step 1: Create an online account

If you have not been a certified with BCCOHP, you will need to create a new account. Click on Create Account to start the application process. You will be required to enter your contact information.

Step 2: Login to start application

You will require the following information to complete the online application form:

  • Contact information – home address, phone number, email address and practice address (if applicable)
  • Dental education – institution, graduation date, degree received
  • NDAEB completion information (if completed more than three years before the date of application, and you are not currently registered in a Canadian Jurisdiction, CDSBC’s Quality Assurance​ requirements must be met)
  • BC Driver’s Licence number or other form of Identification
  • Names of other jurisdiction(s) you have been registered with, along with dates

Step 3: Submit payment of application and Criminal Record Check (CRC) fees

Once the application information forms have been completed you will be prompted to pay the application and Criminal Record Check fees (non-refundable).

Note: A separate payment of the certification fee will be required once BCCOHP staff have confirmed application completion.

Payment options are as follows:

  • Credit Card (VISA, Mastercard)
  • Interac (RBC Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust, BMO Bank of Montreal, and Scotiabank only)
  • Cheque/Money Order (mail)

Step 4: Submit/upload required documents

Once you have completed the application, you will be able to upload required documents.

For all documents that require notarization, the original must be received by the BCCOHP office. At this time, we ask that you send via mail rather than delivering in person.​ ​For our mailing address, please visit our contact page.​

  • Notarized Statutory declaration (available for download during the application process)
  • Notarized copy of government issued photo ID
  • Notarized or certified copy of education degree/diploma*​
  • Notarized or certified copy of NDAEB certificate*​
  • Certificates or Letters of Standing from jurisdictions previously registered/certified with (must be sent directly from that regulatory organization)​
  • Name change documents (if required)

*If the applicant is currently registered/certified to practise dentistry in another Canadian jurisdiction, submission of these documents is not required.​

If confirmation of successful completion is provided to BCCOHP by your educational institution or the NDAEB, notarization of these documents is not required during submission.

IMPORTANT: If you have ever been or are currently registered/licensed in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing or Letter of Standing for your BCCOHP application. The certificate must be delivered directly to BCCOHP from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope.​

The certificate is valid for up to 60 days from the date that it was signed. If applicant does not have their registration/certification process completed within the 60 days, a new certificate will be required. ​

Step 5: Submit payment of certification fee

Once all the required documents are received and your application is ready to be finalized, you will receive an email notification to make your final payment. You will need to log in to your account and pay for the certification fee. View the list of CDA fees​ on Schedule A.

Step 6: Certification confirmation

Once your certification fee has been processed, you will be sent an email from CDSBC within two business days confirming that your status has been changed to active.

You cannot practise until you receive a certification confirmation email.

Click h​ere to download step by step instructions. ​

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This category of certification is for graduates of dental assisting/dental programs outside of British Columbia who are working towards the satisfaction of the requirements for certification as a full CDA in BC.

Application for and completion of an assessment of credentials by BCCOHP is required to determine eligibility for this certification. If you have any questions or would like more information on how to apply for this certification, please use our contact form to get in touch.

This certification category is for the dental assistant who has graduated from an accredited level II certified dental assisting program within B.C., but has yet to write the NDAEB. The temporary certification allows the graduate to provide the services of a full CDA while waiting to complete the NDAEB written exam.

Please note: you will be required to transfer to full certification once you receive your NDAEB certificate. Learn more >>

This online application process will allow you to open a web account and submit the required information for your certification with BCCOHP.

  • Your application must be completed in one attempt
  • If you logout or close your web browser your partially completed application will not be saved
  • You will be able to upload documents after your application has been completed
  • The online application process may take up to 20 minutes
  • The general application processing time is 5-6 weeks. Please note that incomplete applications or insufficient information may delay your application process.
  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) required for applicants may take 4 weeks to process. To ensure timely submission, please submit your initial payment and notarized copy of government issued photo ID required for CRC submission as soon as you can. ​​

Step 1: Create an online account

If you have not been certified with BCCOHP, you will need to create a new account. Click on Create Account to start the application process. You will be required to enter your contact information.

Step 2: Login to start application

You will require the following information to complete the online application form:

  • Contact information – home address, phone number, email address and practice address (if applicable)
  • Dental education – institution, graduation date, degree received
  • Expected National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) exam date (proof of application to the NDAEB exam is required)​
  • BC Driver’s Licence number or other form of identification
  • Names of other jurisdiction(s) you have been registered with, along with dates

Step 3: Submit payment of application and Criminal Record Check (CRC) fees

Once the application information forms have been completed you will be prompted to pay the application and Criminal Record Check fees (non-refundable).

Note: A separate payment of the certification fee will be required once BCCOHP staff have confirmed application completion.

Payment options are as follows:

  • Credit Card (VISA, Mastercard)
  • Interac (RBC Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust, BMO Bank of Montreal, and Scotiabank only)
  • Cheque/Money Order (mail)

Step 4: Submit/upload required documents

Once you have completed the application, you will be able to upload required documents.

For all documents that require notarization, the original must be received by the BCCOHP office. At this time, we ask that you send via mail rather than delivering in person.​ ​For our mailing address, please visit our contact page.​

  • Notarized Statutory declaration (available for download during the application process)
  • Notarized copy of government issued photo ID
  • Notarized or certified copy of education degree/diploma*​
  • Proof of NDAEB exam registration (receipt or NDAEB confirmation letter)*​
  • Certificates or Letters of Standing from jurisdictions currently and/or previously registered/certified with (must be sent directly from that regulatory organization)​
  • Name change documents (if required)

*If the applicant is currently registered/certified to practise dentistry in another Canadian jurisdiction, submission of these documents is not required.​

If confirmation of successful completion is provided to BCCOHP by your educational institution or the NDAEB, notarization of these documents is not required during submission.

IMPORTANT: If you have ever been or are currently registered/licensed in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing or Letter of Standing for your BCCOHP application. The certificate must be delivered directly to BCCOHP from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope.​

The certificate is valid for up to 60 days from the date that it was signed. If applicant does not have their certification process completed within the 60 days, a new certificate will be required. ​

Step 5: Submit payment of certification fee

Once all the required documents are received and your application is ready to be finalized, you will receive an email notification to make your final payment. You will need to log in to your account and pay for the certification fee. View the list of CDA fees​ on page three of Schedule A.

Step 6: Certification confirmation

Once your certification fee has been processed, you will be sent an email from BCCOHP within two business days confirming that your status has been changed to active.

You cannot practise until you receive a certification confirmation email.

Click h​ere to download step by step instructions. ​

Apply now >>

Extension requests

This transfer is available to CDAs who currently hold limited or temporary certification and want to submit a request to extend certification.

CDA designation applications

This designation is available to CDAs who have successfully completed a recognized Dental Prosthodontic Module at an accredited program.

This designation is available to CDAs who have successfully completed a recognized Dental Orthodontic Module at an accredited program.

This designation is available to applicants who have successfully completed a recognized Dental Radiography Module at an accredited program in Canada.

CDAs who have successfully completed a recognized dental sedation assistant program have their designation recognized by the College. Sedation designation and the program attended will appear on CDA profiles in the Registrant Lookup and on renewal cards. Please contact us via our contact form for more information about how to have this designation recognized.