Language Proficiency Policies


Limitations on human resources require the application process and all communications with the MDA to be in English. Most Manitobans can communicate well in English, therefore as a health care professional, you should be reasonably fluent in English.

The assessment process evaluates language proficiency sufficiently to satisfy MDA registration requirements and to understand and communicate with MDA staff. There are no additional registration requirements or documentation required on English language proficiency.

As a guide, accepted language proficiency benchmarks for dentists, registered dental assistants and dental specialists include:

  • CLB (English level 7 or higher in all four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing);
  • TOEFL (minimum scores of 600 PBT, 250 CBT or 100 ITB); or
  • IELTS (a minimum band of 6.5 for the General test).