Job requirements Dental Assistant in Canada
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 Canada. 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 certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.
|Location||Job title||Regulation||Regulatory body|
|Alberta||Dental Assistant||Regulated||College of Alberta Dental Assistants|
|British Columbia||Dental Assistant||Regulated||College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia|
|Manitoba||Dental Assistant||Regulated||Manitoba Dental Association|
|New Brunswick||Dental Assistant||Regulated||New Brunwick Dental Society|
|Regulated||La Société dentaire du Nouveau-Brunswick 570 rue Queen, Bureau 504 C.P. 488, succursale “A” Fredericton (N.-B.) E3B 6Z6 (available in French only)|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Dental Assistant||Regulated||Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Board|
|Nova Scotia||Dental Assistant||Regulated||Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia|
|Prince Edward Island||Dental Assistant||Regulated||Dental Association of Prince Edward Island|
|Saskatchewan||Dental Assistant||Regulated||Saskatchewan Dental Assistants' Association|
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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