Dental Technicians are health care professionals who fabricate dental restorations and appliances which are prescribed by a dentist or requested by a denturist for a specific patient.
To fabricate dental appliances in British Columbia, a person must be a Registered Dental Technician, or, working as a Dental Technician Assistant or Dental Technician Student under the supervision of a Registered Dental Technician.
A Dental Technician may practice Dental Technology as set out in the Dental Technician Regulation. A Dental Technician may also delegate tasks to Assistants or Students provided he or she supervises those individuals in accordance with guidelines established by the Board. For more information regarding supervision guidelines, please see the Supervision Guidelines brochure.
An individual is eligible to be registered as a Dental Technician if the individual
- has graduated from a Dental Technician Education Program approved by the Registration Committee,
- (i) has provided the services equivalent to those of a dental technician for a period of not less than 5 years, and
(ii) has a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities, which, in the opinion of the Registration Committee, satisfy the education requirements
- is of good character and fit to practice the profession
- consents to a Criminal Record Check in the form required by the Criminal Records Review Act
- demonstrates competence in the English language
- submits a completed application form and pays the fees required
- demonstrates current competence to practice by successfully completing the pan-Canadian Competency Assessment (examinations) administered by the Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators (CADTR)
- Completes a Jurisprudence Examination administered by the College
- provides proof of having obtained and maintained the required professional liability insurance coverage.
Approved Dental Technology Programs in Canada
Applicants graduated from Dental Technology Programs Outside Canada
Individuals who have not completed their dental technology education at one of the approved programs in Canada must have their academic credentials verified and assessed through the Credentialing process of the Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators (CADTR).
The Credential Evaluation process will be completed by CADTR on behalf of the College, and will compare the applicant's credentials to the required entry-level dental technology education benchmark in Canada.
Applicants can find additional information on the CADTR website about the credential evaluation process and how to apply for credential evaluation.
Licensure Examinations and Application Deadlines
Effective February 2021, the College will be exclusively using the Credentialing and Assessment Services (CAS) of the Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators (CADTR) to determine an applicant's initial competence to practice in BC.
As such, we will no longer be administering our own registration examinations, except for a written Jurisprudence Examination which is used to test an applicant's knowledge of the legal requirements for dental technology practice in British Columbia.
The CAS process includes both educational credentialing and competency assessment. The competency assessment that applicants will be required to complete is the Dental Technology Entry-to-Practice Assessment (DTETPA) which includes both a written and a practical (laboratory) component. These are known as the Knowledge-Based Assessment (KBA) and the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA).
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, scheduling of the in-person PBA is affected by restrictions put in place by the various Provincial Health Authorities. As restrictions are lifted, CADTR will post updates to its website regarding the scheduling of the PBA component of the DTETPA.
Scheduling will however continue to be subject to amendment because of the changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.