Information for foreign-trained dental technicians/technologists

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Information on requirements to practise

This category of occupations includes registered dental technologists and registered dental technicians, the majority of whom work in dental laboratories. The profession of dental technology is regulated in all provinces except Manitoba and is not regulated in the territories. Requirements for initial and continuing registration or licensure vary from province to province. Each provincial regulatory body sets its specific education, competency and qualification requirements.

In March 2002, the regulatory authorities of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec ratified a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) agreeing to use the "Competency Profile of Canadian Dental Technicians/Technologists" to determine the competency of practitioners for registration or licensure purposes. (See Ontario for example.)

Once you know where you will settle and work in Canada, contact the appropriate provincial regulatory or professional body (see lists below) for more information.

Information on assessment of qualifications

Although the provincial regulatory organizations can provide information on their requirements for certification, they are not set up to assess foreign credentials before you arrive in Canada.

You should note that if you are already licensed to practise your occupation in a province or territory of Canada, and later wish to work in a non-regulated occupation, employers may request that you provide them with a formal assessment of your academic credentials.

If that is the case, or if you wish to have your credentials assessed for a purpose other than practising a regulated occupation in Canada, you may consult our Fact Sheet No. 2, "Assessment and recognition of credentials for the purpose of employment in Canada" and contact an academic credential evaluation service. Although evaluation services offer expert advice on how qualifications obtained abroad compare with academic credentials obtained in Canada, their evaluations are advisory only and do not guarantee recognition of your qualifications for employment or certification purposes in Canada. Please note that evaluation services charge a fee for their assessments.

Other relevant information

For a general description of duties and employment requirements, you can refer to the information prepared by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada regarding:

Specific Provincial/Territorial Information

 toc / tdm List of regulatory bodies


College of Dental Technologists of Alberta (CDTA)
#5, 9353 - 50 Street
Edmonton AB   T6B 2L5   Canada
Phone : 780-469-0615 Ext. 114
Fax : 780-469-1340
Email : 

British Columbia

College of Dental Technicians of British Columbia
# N208 - 5811 Cooney Road
Richmond BC   V6X 3M1   Canada
Phone : 604-278-8324
Phone (alternate): 1-877-666-8324
Fax : 604-278-8325
Email : 

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Dental Technicians Association
P.O. Box 20036, Brunswick Square
Saint John NB   E2L 5B2   Canada
Phone : 506-633-0573
Fax : 506-633-1531
Email :

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador Dental Board (NLDB)
Suite 204, 49-55 Elizabeth Avenue
St. John's NL   A1A 1W9   Canada
Phone : 709-579-2391
Fax : 709-579-2392
Email : 

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Dental Technicians Association
26 Keating Dr.
West Chezzetcook NS   B0J 1N0   Canada
Phone : 902-441-1678
Email : 


College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO)
2100 Ellesmere Rd., Suite 300
Toronto ON   M1H 3B7   Canada
Phone : 416-438-5003
Phone (alternate): 1-877-391-2386
Fax : 416-438-5004
Email : 


Ordre des techniciens et techniciennes dentaires du Québec
500, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Bureau 900
Montréal QC   H3A 3C6   Canada
Phone : 514-282-3837 x2042
Fax : 514-844-7556
Email : 


Association of Dental Technicians of Saskatchewan
P.O. Box 8035
Saskatoon SK   S7K 4R7   Canada
Phone : 306-347-0600
Email :

 toc / tdm List of provincal associations

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