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Becoming Registered and Licensed in Manitoba

To legally practice as a registered dental assistant in Manitoba, you must be registered and licensed by the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA). To do this, you must complete a registration and licensing process that involves these authorities:

Follow the steps outlined on this website.

Process Overview

You must complete the process below to become registered and licensed with the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA). You must complete STEP 1 - 3 with the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) and STEP 4 with MDA.

Estimated timeline: Up to one year
Estimated costs: Up to $1890

  • All costs are listed in Canadian dollars (2013)
  • If you require educational upgrading in Canada, cost and timeline will increase
Graduate TypeStep 1: Credential AssessmentStep 2: NDAEB Written ExamStep 3: NDAEB Clinical Practice EvaluationStep 4: Important MDA Registration Information and Applications
Domestic Non-Accredited    
International USA Accredited    
International Non-Accredited    

Step 1: Credential Assessment

Only international applicants must complete this step. 
a) Graduate of International Accredited Program (USA) 
Submit your academic records to NDAEB

b) Graduate of International Non-Accredited Program  
Submit your academic records to NDAEB    
Submit your academic records to an NDEAB-approved credential assessment agency: 
Credential Assessment: $110     

Step 2: NDAEB Written Exam

All applicants must complete this step. 
First time writer fee: $400 
Rewrite fee: $250

Step 3: NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE)

Only non-accredited applicants must complete this step. 
Application fee: $50 
Full CPE (9 skills): $950 
Individual skills (retake or initial evaluation):  $175

Step 4: Important MDA Registration Information and Applications

All applicants must complete this step. 
Apply to become registered and licensed by MDA:

  • Complete a Certification in Resuscitation Program (CPR)
  • Gather required documents 
  • Complete the MDA Application for Registration and Licence form
  • Pay the Registration fee: $25  
  • Pay the Licence fee: $200  

Step 1: Credential Assessment

Only international applicants must complete this step.

a) Domestic Non-Accredited (Educated in Canada)

This step is NOT required. You may proceed to STEP 2: NDAEB Written Exam.

b) International > Educated in USA (Accredited or Non-Accredited)

NDAEB must assess your theoretical and clinical education to determine whether you are eligible to complete STEP 2: NDAEB Written Exam.

  • Submit your academic records to NDAEB  

Visit Application Procedures for USA Applicants on the NDAEB website for a list of required academic records.

c) International > Educated Outside of Canada and USA

NDAEB must assess your theoretical and clinical education to determine whether you are eligible to complete STEP 2: NDAEB Written Exam.

  • Submit your academic records to NDAEB
  • Submit your academic records to an NDEAB-approved credential assessment agency (the agency will compare your international academic credentials to the Canadian education system, and provide a report)

Visit Application Procedures for International Applicants on the NDAEB website for a list of:

  • Required academic records
  • NDEAB-approved credential assessment agencies


Educational Upgrading

If your credential assessment determines that your registered dental assisting education does NOT meet the standard required for STEP 2: NDAEB Written Exam, you may attend an educational upgrading program in Canada or USA. The Manitoba Dental Association (MDA) recommends that you to attend a registered dental assisting program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of America (CODA).

If you complete intra-oral upgrading at a Canadian or USA registered dental assisting program that is accredited by CDAC or CODA, you will be considered a graduate of an accredited program and will NOT be required to complete Step 3: NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE).

Learn more

  • Visit the International Applicants section of the NDAEB website
  • Visit the CDAC website to search for accredited programs in Canada
  • Visit the American Dental Association website to search for accredited programs in USA

Step 2: NDAEB Written Exam

All applicants must complete this step.

Complete the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) written exam. The written exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions.

Visit Written Exam on the NDAEB website for:

  • Application form
  • Locations and dates
  • Fees
  • Candidate Handbook

Educational Upgrading

If you complete intra-oral upgrading at a Canadian or USA registered dental assisting program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of America (CODA), you will be considered a graduate of an accredited program and will NOT be required to complete Step 3: NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE).

Learn more

  • Visit the International Applicants section of the NDAEB website
  • Visit the CDAC website to search for accredited programs in Canada
  • Visit the American Dental Association website to search for accredited programs in USA

Step 3: NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation

Only non-accredited applicants must complete this step.

a) International > USA Accredited

This step is NOT required. You may proceed to STEP 4: Important MDA Registration Information and Applications.

Accreditation > USA  
Canada recognizes programs that are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of America (CODA). Visit the American Dental Association for a list of USA programs accredited by CODA.

b) Domestic and International > Non Accredited

Only graduates of non-accredited registered dental assisting programs must complete the NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE). The CPE is a half-day clinical evaluation that requires you to perform 9 intra-oral skills on a mannequin.

Visit the Clinical Practice Evaluation section of the NDAEB website for:

  • Details on the intra-oral skills
  • Application form
  • Locations and dates
  • Fees
  • Handbook
  • Orientation video  

 

Educational Upgrading

If you complete intra-oral upgrading at a Canadian or USA registered dental assisting program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of America (CODA), you will be considered a graduate of an accredited program and will NOT be required to complete Step 3: NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE).

Learn more

  • Visit the International Applicants section of the NDAEB website
  • Visit the CDAC website to search for accredited programs in Canada
  • Visit the American Dental Association website to search for accredited programs in USA

Step 4: Important MDA Registration Information and Applications

Please go to: https://manitobadentist.ca/dental-professionals/dental-assistants/registration-licensing/rda-licensing for instructional guide and forms necessary to complete the registration and licensing process.