Job requirements Dental Assistant in British Columbia
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "dental assistant" was moved from the group Dental assistants (NOC 3411) to the group Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants (NOC 33100).
Find out what you typically need to work as a dental assistant in British Columbia. These requirements are applicable to all Dental assistants (NOC 33100).
This is what you typically need for the job.
- Completion of an eight-month to one-year college or other program in dental assistance or Completion of secondary school with on-the-job training is required.
- Licensing is required to perform intra-oral duties in all provinces. In Quebec, intra-oral duties are not performed by dental assistants.
Professional certification and licensing
You might need to get a professional licence from a regulatory authority before you can start working. Licensing can be compulsory or voluntary, depending on the occupation.
- If the licence is compulsory, you must be certified before you can practise the occupation and use the professional designation.
- If the licence is voluntary, you don’t need to be certified to practise this occupation.
Find out if your occupation is regulated and contact the regulatory authority to learn about the certification process.
Do you want to work in another province or territory?
If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.
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