Graduates of a Canadian Program (Other than Dental Assisting)

To be eligible to write the NDAEB examination, applicants must be equivalent to that of an intra-oral (Level II) dental assistant, through a formal dental healthcare educational program such as dental hygiene. At minimum candidates must show proof of formal education in the following mandatory skills:

  • Chairside dental assisting (Level I)
  • Exposes dental radiographs
  • Provides oral hygiene instruction
  • Provides dietary counselling relative to oral health
  • Applies and removes dental dam
  • Performs selective rubber cup polishing
  • Applies anti-cariogenic agents
  • Obtains preliminary impressions
  • Applies and removes matrices and wedges
  • Applies treatment liners (no pulpal involvement), acid etching and cavity bonding
  • Applies pit and fissure sealant
  • Applies desensitizing agents
  • Applies topical anaesthetic
  • Performs tooth whitening using trays
  • Performs suture removal

Graduates of Canadian education programs other than dental assisting (e.g. Dental Hygiene) must submit their academic records and supporting documents to the NDAEB for assessment for exam eligibility. Applicants are required to follow the NDAEB Candidate Eligibility Assessment process by providing the following to the NDAEB office:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and diplomas
  • A completed Dental Assisting Course Work Report for Canadian Graduates (Other than Dental Assisting) (Available as PDF document on this website)
  • A signed consent form permitting the NDAEB to gather and disclose your personal information to members of the Candidate Eligibility Assessment Committee (Available as PDF document on this website)
  • A course outline provided by your educational program clearly indicating the mandatory core skills required for NDAEB exam eligibility were included in your program. Please provide the school's name and mailing address and if possible, the name of the program instructor. Note: The NDAEB will contact your program directly to request a program survey if necessary.
  • If the name appearing on the academic records or other documents is different than the name of the applicant, a copy of a marriage or divorce, or sworn affidavit, is required for NDAEB to verify and reconcile the name of the applicant with the name appearing on the documents being submitted. If issued outside of Canada, your documentation must be notarized/certified in a Canadian province as a true copy of the original.

Should the NDAEB conclude that your dental hygiene education, or other allied dental health program, does not include all mandatory skills listed above, to become eligible, you will be required to complete voluntary formal education upgrading for the missing skill(s). Formal upgrading courses must be successfully completed, prior to the exam sitting, at a program whose graduates are eligible to write the NDAEB exam. Upon submitting your application, proof of completion or proof of enrollment (with start and expected completion date) must be provided. For labour mobility purposes, you are recommended to attend a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Information regarding education programs is available on the NDAEB website.

Applicants may apply for an examination before the completion of their program. For students applying before graduation, a letter from your school confirming enrollment and course completion date is required along with your application. Your course completion date must be before the examination date. (Ask your program coordinator/instructor for an individualized letter).

Please Note:

Graduates of a non-accredited Canadian dental hygiene program are not eligible to write the NDAEB examination.

For full details regarding the NDAEB Written Exam application process, please refer to the Candidate Handbook for the Written Exam available on NDAEB website.