Graduate of Domestic Accredited Registered Dental Assisting Program
To legally practise in Manitoba, all registered dental assistants must complete a registration and certification process to become members of MDA. This process involves the following steps:
Step 1: Determine your Accreditation Status
If you are educated in Canada, you are likely a graduate of an accredited registered dental assisting program. To determine your status, visit the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).
Registered dental assistants receive their formal education through academic programs at technical and community colleges. Graduates of these programs usually receive certificates. Although the majority of academic registered dental assisting programs take 9-11 months to complete, some schools offer accelerated training, part-time education programs or training via distance education.
Accredited Programs > Manitoba
The accredited programs in Manitoba are:
Red River College
The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) is responsible for deciding whether or not Canadian registered dental assisting programs meet the standards for accreditation. CDAC has accredited approximately
27 registered dental assisting programs in Canada. For a list of accredited registered dental assisting programs throughout Canada, please visit Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada
Step 2: National Dental Assistants Examining Board (NDAEB) Written Exam
You must complete and pass this exam to be eligible for registration and certification with the MDA.
Visit Written Exam on the NDAEB website for:
- Application form
- Locations and dates
- Candidate Handbook
Step 3. Certification in a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Program
You must have valid certification in CPR from one of these programs approved by Manitoba Health.
SCHEDULE C - APPROPRIATE CPR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES
Programmes recognized by the MDA include those approved by Manitoba Health:
- St. John Ambulance
- Canadian Red Cross
- Life Saving Society Standard First Aid
- Criti Care
- Emergency Rescue Response Service
- Southern Manitoba Academy of Response Training
- Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba
- Life Life E.R.T.
- Prepared First Aid Training
All CPR courses must include a hands on component.
Step 4: Registration Process - Application Form
Please contact the Administrator for Registration, Licensing and Corporations at the Manitoba Dental Association for registration forms.
Step 5: Registration Process - Required Documents
The following documents are required to be
submitted along with your application form:
- If you have changed your name, please provide a certified copy of a legal document verifying your name change (for example, marriage certificate, name change decree, etc.).
- A copy of your graduation certificate from the your course of study in registered dental assisting
- A copy of your National Dental Assistant Examining Board (NDAEB) Written Exam certificate (if graduated after December 31, 2006)
- A copy of your valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Program certificate
- If you are currently licensed in another jurisdiction or have ever been licensed in another jurisdiction as a registered dental assistant, or as another health care professional, you must provide an original Letter of Good Standing from the regulatory authority. The Letter of Good Standing must include:
- Name and address of the regulatory body
- Your membership category such Practising or Non-Practising
- Your status such as active or inactive
- The expiry date of your current licence
- Information on any disciplinary action taken against you
Step 6: Registration
Process - Fees
Please pay the following fees by using separate cheques as follows:
Cheque 1: Registration Fee
One-time registration fee - $25
Cheque 2: Licensing Fee
Annual licence fee - $240
New graduates in their year of graduation - $120 (for a Provisional Certification)
Please make both cheques
payable to Manitoba Dental Association
Step 7: Delivery of your Registration package
Mail or hand-deliver your application form, required documents, and cheques to:
Administrator of Registration, Licensing and
Manitoba Dental Association
202 - 1735 Corydon Ave.
Step 8: Registration and Certification Process Complete
If your application is approved, MDA will mail you:
- A receipt for your application fee
- A receipt for your annual licence fee
- Your registration certificate
If your application is not approved, MDA will:
- mail you information about what you need to do to become registered
- NOT cash your cheques for your registration fee and application fee