Certified Dental Assistant Certification Resources

Certified dental assistants must be certified with BCCOHP in order to practise in B.C.

Information about the services that CDAs are authorized to provide is contained in the BCCOHP Bylaws and in BCCOHP’s Guide to CDA Services (PDF).

Please use the sections below to browse through information about CDA registration.

Transfer to full certification

For CDAs who want to transfer to full certification. If you are transferring from temporary to full you must provide a copy of your NDAEB certificate.

Application Package for Transfer from Temporary to Full Certification

Transfer from non-practising to full certification

For non-practising CDAs who meet the Quality Assurance requirements of:

  • a minimum of 600 hours of continuous practice as a CDA in the preceding three years,
  • prior to transfer, fulfilled the BCCOHP continuing education requirements as though the CDA has been a fully certified CDA for the period since they last held full certification.

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. 

Application Package for Transfer from Non-Practising to Full Certification

Reinstating your Certification

Reinstating After Less Than 60 Days Lapsed

If your certification has been lapsed for less than 60 days and you wish to reinstate, please get in touch with the Registration department via our contact form for next steps.

Reinstating After More Than 60 Days Lapsed

To reinstate when your certification has been lapsed for MORE than 60 days, you must:

  1. ensure that you meet the Quality Assurance requirements for continuing education and continuous practice
  2. complete the Application Package for Reinstatement of Certification (PDF)
  3. pay the applicable reinstatement and certification fees

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your BCCOHP application. The certificate must be delivered directly to BCCOHP from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope. If the Certificate cannot be sent directly to BCCOHP, it must be received by BCCOHP in the original 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 may be required. 

The requirements for CDAs returning to practice are available on this page.

If you are unsure if you meet these requirements or would like to reinstate your certification to a non-practising status, please contact us.

Dental assistants from outside of British Columbia may be eligible for BCCOHP certification pending an assessment of your credentials.

  1. If you are currently registered in another Canadian Jurisdiction please complete the CDA Assessment Package for Labour Mobility.
  2. If you are not registered in another Canadian Jurisdiction please complete the CDA Assessment Package.

Labour Mobility

CDAs certified in another Canadian jurisdiction recognized under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), are eligible to apply for an assessment to practice in British Columbia. All information required for assessment are noted in the application instructions and forms.

Certificate of Standing

After the assessment process, and once your eligibility has been determined, you will need to apply for CDA certification. If you are currently or have previously been registered in another Canadian jurisdiction, BCCOHP requires a Certificate of Standing from that jurisdiction for your application for CDA certification.

The Certificate of Standing is valid for up to 60 days from the date that it was signed. If you do not have your certification process completed within the 60 days, a new Certificate will be required.

For more information on the BC’s Labour Mobility Act, please visit their website here.

For more information on the CFTA click here.

Quality Assurance Requirements

CDAs that want to return to practice must meet the quality assurance requirements which include having a current CE cycle and the minimum total of 600 continuous practice hours in the preceding three years.

If you have been away from clinical practice for less than 5 years, completion of an approved CDA refresher program or an approved guided clinical mentorship (minimum 3 months/20 hours per week) in a general dental practice may be considered for reinstatement of full certification. To participate in a guided mentorship, please submit the Continuous Practice Request Form.

If you have been away from clinical practice for 5 to 9 years, completion of an approved CDA refresher program or successful completion of the National Dental Assisting Examining Board written and clinical examinations will be accepted for reinstatement of full certification.

After an absence from practice of 10 or more years, successful completion of the National Dental Assisting Examining Board written and clinical examinations will be accepted for reinstatement of full certification.

Note: Orthodontic and Prosthodontic Modules are not recognized after an absence from clinical practice of 5 or more years.

Documents

CDA Continuous Practice Request Form

Calculating your continuous practice hours

To meet the continuous practice requirement, CDAs must work approximately 17 hours per month (over a three-year period).

In order to fulfill this requirement, a CDA must perform the restricted activities that a CDA may perform under the CDSBC Bylaws. If you work in both an administrative and clinical capacity, you should keep track of your clinical hours for your records and as a reference for your annual renewal process. Dental reception hours are not eligible for your continuous practice requirement.

More information about the continuous practice requirement is available here >>

Graduates of dental assisting programs in the United States and/or internationally-trained dental healthcare professionals who have National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) certificate may be eligible for BCCOHP certification pending an assessment of your credentials.

Please complete and submit the CDA Assessment Application Package (PDF).

Questions?

If you have questions about applying for assessment, please contact the Registration Department.

Contact the regulatory/licensing body you are going to as you may need a Letter of Standing from BCCOHP.

To request a Letter of Standing, please complete and submit the CDA Consent for Release of Information Form (PDF). You may submit your completed form via our contact form or mail to registration. There is an administrative fee of $25.00. You will be notified to make payment via email when ready.​

Please allow 15 business days for processing.

Note that we send your Letter of Standing directly to the regulatory/licensing body on your behalf.

CDAs requiring a Letter of Standing for employment purposes must complete and submit the CDA Consent for Release of Information Form (PDF).

You may submit your completed form via our contact form or mail. There is an administrative fee of $25.00. You will be notified to make payment via email when ready.

Please allow 15 business days for processing.

If you have recently moved or changed any of your contact information, you must inform BCCOHP.

You can update your address, phone number, email address or any other contact information online by logging into your account. ​

Name change

If you’ve changed your name, please submit your name change request in writing, along with a copy of your legal name document or marriage certificate, to the College via our contact form or mail.

Please allow up to 3 business days for the changes to appear on your profile.