How to become a Certified Dental Assistant

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 l Dental Assistants and in addition have:

  1. successfully completed an ODAA approved Dental Assisting program offered at either Etobicoke Collegiate; or
  2. successfully completed a Dental Assisting Program delivered by a registered private career college and approved pursuant to the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

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 Ⅱ Certification (CDA Ⅱ)

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

  1. successfully completed a Level Ⅱ Dental Assisting Program at a College of Applied Arts and Technology; or
  2. successfully completed a Level Ⅱ Dental Assisting Program delivered by a registered private career college and approved pursuant to the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
  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 delivered by a registered private career college and approved pursuant to the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.”
  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

Should a member’s certification lapse, i.e. they fail to submit the required number of certification renewal credits; they may apply to have their certification reinstated. The member must renew membership and submit the current value of certification renewal credits for one year plus the applicable fees. A member whose certification has lapsed may only reinstate their certification a maximum of one time by submitting credits.

Members who allow their certification to lapse only one year will be charged a reinstatement fee of $50.00 while members whose certification has lapsed more than one year will be charged a reinstatement fee of $75.00.

For those whose certification has lapsed for less than 3 years, they must pay the applicable reinstatement fee; plus submit continuing education credits equaling 15 credits. These credits may have been obtained during the years where certification lapsed.

All members, whose certification status has lapsed for a period of more than three (3) years, will be required to renew membership, and achieve 65% on one of the applicable Ontario Certification Examinations, i.e. Level I Dental Assistant, or Dental Reception, Dental Treatment Coordinator or Preventive Dental Assistants (CPDA) to reinstate their certified designation

Level II Dental Assistants (CDA II) whose certification has lapsed more than three (3) years will be required to renew membership, have 15 credits and do a specified project within a certain time period.