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
CDI 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
  • Fees
  • Candidate Handbook


CPR Certification


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

Review the instructional guide and complete forms necessary to complete the registration and licensing process.

  1. Instructional Guide for Completing Registered Dental Assistant Registration Application Form
  2. Registered Dental Assistant Initial Registration Application Form
  3. Consent to Release Regulatory Information Form
  4. Consent to Release Health Information Form
  5. Consent for Personal Information Form
  6. Declaration of Commitment to Ethical Practice and the Public Interest
  7. Declaration and Agreement of Applicant for Provisional Registration as a Registered Dental Assistant
  8. RPM Dental Assistant Agreement for Provisional Registration
  9. Fill out appropriate checklist: 
    Full Registration as a Registered Dental Assistant
    Provisional Registration as a Registered Dental Assistant

    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 - $50.00  
    • Cheque 2: Licensing Fee 
      Annual licence fee - $260.00
      New graduates in their year of graduation  - $130 (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 Corporations

    Manitoba Dental Association
    202 - 1735 Corydon Ave. 
    Winnipeg, Manitoba 
    R3N 0K4

    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