Written Exam


General Information

Testing Facilities used by the NDAEB to deliver examinations increasingly have vaccine requirements that will apply to candidates registered at those facilities.  For more details, please read IMPORTANT NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Written Exam Testing Facilities.

As a result of the limited availability and scheduling purposes, your 1st choice selection for an examination site is not guaranteed. Exam locations are subject to change without notice. In the event your preferred location is no longer available, you may be required to schedule your exam offsite by online remote proctoring.

When applying to write the NDAEB exam, please read the information on the exam application and in the Candidate Handbook carefully. Details regarding all aspects of exam administration, including application processing, exam preparation and post exam administrative details are available in the Candidate Handbook.

Note: Due to the COVID 19 situation, the Candidate Handbook content is subject to change.

The National Dental Assisting Examining Board complies with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Please be sure to read the Privacy Policy.

Domain Description

The National Dental Assisting Examining Board conducted a thorough review of the Domain Description in 2014/15. The revised Domain Description became effective on January 1, 2017. The next review of the Domain Description will be conducted in 2020.

To view the revised 2017 Domain Description, click here.

The Domain Description for Dental Assisting is the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours the dental assistant should possess upon entry/re-entry into practice and is utilized for:

  • Preparation of examination candidates
  • Dental assisting education
  • Examination development and review

When preparing for the NDAEB exam, candidates are advised to refer often to the Domain Description for Dental Assisting which is found in the Candidate Handbook.

The Domain Description is reviewed periodically to ensure its content reflects current entry level practice for dental assisting in Canada.


NDAEB Examination Sites

Province1 City2
British Columbia Abbotsford, Burnaby, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria
Alberta Calgary, Edmonton
Saskatchewan Regina, Saskatoon
Manitoba Brandon3
Ontario Barrie, Brampton, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Markham, Mississauga, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Windsor
New Brunswick Fredericton, Moncton
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown
Nova Scotia Halifax, Sydney
Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's
1The NDAEB examination is not available outside Canada.
2Your 1st choice selection for an examination site is not guaranteed.  For details on special sittings, please see the Candidate Handbook.
3Winnipeg, MB: Temporary Closure of Testing Center


Notice - International Candidates

Documents required for a credential assessment must be received by the NDAEB office at least TWO (2) weeks prior to an exam application deadline. Documents received after this deadline will not be guaranteed assessment for exam eligibility for the applied sitting.


Notice - 2020/2021 Fee Increases

The fees listed below became effective January 1, 2021.

Written Examination Fees
Total first time writer $700.00 ($600 exam fee + $100 non-refundable application fee)
Total rewrite $675.00 ($600 exam fee + $75 non-refundable application fee)
Withdrawal fee (15 days or more from exam date)* $200.00 (plus non-refundable application fee)
Withdrawal 14 days or less from exam date* Full fees will be assessed/non-refundable

*For information on how to withdraw from the Exam for medical reasons or other circumstances, please refer to the Candidate Handbook for more information.


Disclosure Of Information To Third Parties

For reasons of public protection, the NDAEB will release all written exam and or Clinical Practice Evaluation, including pass or fail results, to the CDARA in the province in which the exam was written or the CPE was taken. Results will also be released to any other CDARA requesting the information or to any CDARA the NDAEB believes should receive the information.

Applicants must sign the agreement contained on the written exam or CPE application form, acknowledging the release of exam and or CPE results before being registered with the NDAEB. For details, please refer to the NDAEB privacy policy on this site.