Certification Policies

CERTIFICATION POLICIES

ODAA’s professional designations are: Certified Dental Assistant (CDA): Certified Dental Receptionist (CDR): Certified Preventive Dental Assistant (CPDA); Certified Dental Assistant Level ll (CDA ll); Certified Dental Treatment Coordinator (CDTC). These designations and credentials may only be used after the name of currently certified ODAA members.

Members must apply for certification status. Presently the fee for certification is $75.00. If a member is already certified, they will be charged a $25 fee for additional certifications.

Applicants, who successfully completed a DA program but did not apply for certification immediately upon graduating, must demonstrate proof that they have been exposing radiographs within the past 3 years. Should they not be able to demonstrate this proof they will have to take a radiography refresher program.

All renewals of Certification shall expire on December 31st of each year. Each certified member must renew membership and submit documentation of 12 continuing education credits for annual certification renewal.

Level I (CDA)

Candidates for Level I Certification must be members in good standing, achieve a pass mark of 65% on ODAA’s Certification Examination for Level I Dental Assistants and have successfully completed an ODAA approved Level I Dental Assisting Program registered under the Private Career Colleges Act of Ontario.

A member educated as a Preventive Dental Assistant is not eligible for designation as a Certified Dental Assistant Level I.

A member educated as a Level II Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist or Dentist is not eligible for designation as a Certified Dental Assistant Level I or Certified Preventive Dental Assistant.

Preventive Dental Assistant Certification (CPDA)

Candidates for Preventive Dental Assistant Certification must be members in good standing and have:

  1. successfully completed a Preventive Dental Assisting course approved by RCDSO: and
  2. provided RCDSO listing information prior to December 31, 1999.

Level ll Certification (CDA ll)

Candidates for Level ll Certification must be members in good standing, currently using their Level ll skills, attain the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) certificate, and in addition have:

  1. successfully completed a Level ll Dental Assisting Program at a College of Applied Arts and Technology; or
  2. successfully completed a Level ll Dental Assisting Program registered under the Private Vocational Schools Act of Ontario (regulation 801); or
  3. current registration from another Canadian jurisdiction; or
  4. successfully completed a Level ll continuing education program; or
  5. achieved a 65% on both a written and a hands-on clinical practical exam, if the current working requirement cannot be met.

Dental Receptionist Certification

Candidates for Ontario Dental Receptionist Certification must be members in good standing; achieve a pass mark of 65% on ODAA’s Certification Examination for Dental Receptionists and in addition have:

  1. successfully completed an ODAA approved Dental Reception or Office Administration Program offered at a College of Applied Arts and Technology; or
  2. successfully completed a Private Vocational School Dental Reception or Office Administration Program offered at an institution registered under the Private Vocational Schools Act of Ontario (regulation 801); or
  3. completed a verified minimum of two years’ full time practical experience as a Dental Receptionist or equivalent; or
  4. successfully completed ODAA’s Certified Dental Receptionist continuing education program;

Dental Treatment Coordinator Certification (CDTC)

Candidates for Certified Dental Treatment Coordinator Certification must be members in good standing and certified as a CDR, CDA, CPDA or CDA II and achieve a pass mark of 65% on ODAA’s Certification Examination for Dental Treatment Coordinators and in addition have;

  1. successfully completed an ODAA approved Dental Treatment Coordinator program; or
  2. completed a verified minimum of one year full time practical experience as a Dental Treatment Coordinator or equivalent.

Certification Reinstatement

Certification is considered lapsed if a member does not meet the requirements of certification, including failure to maintain membership in good standing, failure to meet continuing education requirements, or suspension of certification as the result of a disciplinary process. A member may apply to reinstate certification.

Reinstatement as a CDA II

The member must renew membership and submit 15 continuing education credits. The continuing education credits may have been obtained at any time since certification lapsed. The member must remit a $50 reinstatement fee within the first year or remit a $75 reinstatement fee after the first year.

A member who wishes to reinstate after three or more years of lapse must renew membership, submit 15 continuing education credits, and submit a specified project within a specified time. The continuing education credits may have been obtained at any time during the previous three years. The member must remit a $75 reinstatement fee.

Reinstatement as a CDA, CPDA, CDR or CDTC

The member must renew membership and submit 15 continuing education credits. The continuing education credits may have been obtained at any time since certification lapsed. The member must remit a $50 reinstatement fee within the first year or submit a $75 reinstatement fee after the first year.

A member who wishes to reinstate after three or more years of lapse must renew membership, submit 15 continuing education credits, and achieve a minimum of 65% on the applicable Ontario Dental Assistants Association Certification Exam. The continuing education credits may have been obtained at any time during the previous three years. The member must remit a $75 reinstatement fee.

Reinstatement of Certification by Challenge to Internal Exams

A member who wishes to reinstate within three years of lapse may renew membership as per policy.

A member without formal education who certified by “challenging” the Ontario Dental Nurses’ and Assistants’ Association Exam may not reinstate by exam. The member must complete formal education in an approved Dental Assisting program to obtain certification in Ontario.