Internationally Educated Certification Protocols

Certification Policies for Internationally Educated Applicants:

All International candidates applying for Certification must have their education/credentials assessed by an assessment service;

Agencies that provide this include:**

World Education Services-Canada (WES)
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1400
Toronto, ON
M5B 1J3

Internationally Educated Dentists:

ODAA will certify Internationally Educated Dentists only as Intra-Oral Dental Assistants. Applicants must successfully complete the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) written and clinical practical evaluations or a Level II upgrade program in lieu of the CPE from a Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) accredited program to qualify for ODAA Certification. The written exam is required prior to doing the CPE or a Level II upgrade program. Please be advised that the upgrade program for international candidates is different from upgrade programs offered to those with Canadian education.

To be eligible to write the NDAEB examination, applicants must be qualified as intra-oral (Level II) dental assistants through formal dental assisting education or other formal allied dental healthcare educational programs such as dentistry or dental hygiene. At minimum candidates must show proof of formal education in the following mandatory skills:

  • Chairside dental assisting (Level 1)
  • Radiography
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Dietary counseling relative to oral health
  • Applying and removing dental dam
  • Selective rubber cup polishing
  • Applying anti-cariogenic agents
  • Taking preliminary impressions
  • Applying and removing matrices and wedges
  • Applying treatment liners (no pulpal involvement)
  • Applying pit and fissure sealants
  • Applying desensitizing agents
  • Applying topical anaesthetic
  • Use, care and maintenance of coronal whitening by bleaching trays

The NDAEB written exam constitutes Part 1 of the mandatory two-part NDAEB process for international applicants. Part II requires the successful completion of the NDAEB Clinical Practical Evaluation (CPE). International candidates may choose to attend Level II upgrading at a Canadian accredited dental assisting program rather than challenge the CPE. Upgrade programs must include the following intra-oral skills:

  • Radiography (HARP approved)
  • Applying and removing dental dam
  • Selective rubber cup polishing
  • Taking impressions for study casts
  • Applying treatment liners
  • Applying and removing matrices and wedges
  • Applying fluoride
  • Applying pit and fissure sealants
  • Applying desensitizing agents
  • Applying topical anaesthetics
  • Use, care and maintenance of coronal whitening by bleaching trays

For international candidates, ODAA will only certify those who have taken an upgrade course that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or who have completed both parts of the mandatory NDAEB process

Candidates for ODAA certification should research additional NDAEB requirements/information from their website www.ndaeb.ca

Internationally Educated Dental Assistants:

Once you have had your education/credentials assessed, the NDAEB will determine if you are eligible to write the NDAEB examination which is limited to those with an intra-oral skill set and that skill set must include the following mandatory skills:

  • Chairside dental assisting (Level 1)
  • Radiography
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Dietary counseling relative to oral health
  • Applying and removing dental dam
  • Selective rubber cup polishing
  • Applying anti-cariogenic agents
  • Taking preliminary impressions
  • Applying and removing matrices and wedges
  • Applying treatment liners (no pulpal involvement)
  • Applying pit and fissure sealants
  • Applying desensitizing agents
  • Applying topical anaesthetic
  • Use, care and maintenance of coronal whitening by bleaching trays

The NDAEB written exam constitutes Part 1 of the mandatory two-part NDAEB process for international applicants. Part II requires the successful completion of the NDAEB Clinical Practical Evaluation (CPE). International candidates may choose to attend Level II upgrading at a Canadian accredited dental assisting program rather than challenge the CPE. Upgrade programs must include the following intra-oral skills:

  • Radiography (HARP approved)
  • Applying and removing dental dam
  • Selective rubber cup polishing
  • Taking impressions for study casts
  • Applying treatment liners
  • Applying and removing matrices and wedges
  • Applying fluoride
  • Applying pit and fissure sealants
  • Applying desensitizing agents
  • Applying topical anaesthetics
  • Use, care and maintenance of coronal whitening by bleaching trays

For international candidates, ODAA will only certify those who have taken an upgrade course that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or who have completed both parts of the mandatory NDAEB process

Candidates for ODAA certification should research additional NDAEB requirements from their website www.ndaeb.ca

International Candidates for Level 1 Dental Assisting:

Should your educational background be the equivalent of what constitutes Level 1 in Ontario; then you will be required to complete a HARP approved Dental Radiography Course at an approved college program, then successfully pass our Level 1 Certification Examination in order to be ODAA Certified.

Level 1 Skills include:

  • Preparation of the treatment/clinical area
  • Cleaning and Sterilization of instruments and handpieces
  • Passing instruments to the dentist or hygienist (Single and Two handed technique)
  • Proper use of High Volume Evacuator within the Oral Cavity
  • Preparation of Restorative Materials
  • Perform simple laboratory procedures such as the pouring and trimming of study models
  • Maintains supplies and equipment (stocks and replenishes supplies)
  • Monitors Inventory
  • Assesses emergency situations, aware of emergency protocols, knowledge of First Aid, CPR
  • Assists in maintaining emergency drug kits
  • Ability to interpret Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Conducts spore/biological indicator tests
  • Recording data on patient’s record or chart as directed DDS
  • Patient and community education on oral health (extra-oral)
  • Other extra-oral duties as required by the dentist
  • Instruction in care and maintenance of pre-fitted appliances
  • Expose, process and mount radiographs as specified by HARP

Candidates who follow this protocol will be eligible to upgrade to a Level II or intra-oral dental assistant by completing a Level II upgrade program from a Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) accredited program and then will be eligible to write the NDAEB examination.