Applying as a General Dentist
Applicants for registration as a General Dentist must meet the requirements of:
- the College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta (CDSA); and
- the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) General Dentist Examination.
National Dental Examining Board of Canada
All applicants must pass the National Dental Examining Board of Canada Examination in order to be eligible to apply as a General Dentist.
Transferring to Alberta from another Province or Territory
Dentists must be registered with the College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta in order to provide dental treatment to Albertans. Currently there are trade agreements in place with British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which can make it easier for dentists who are already registered in another province or territory to become registered in Alberta.
New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA)
The New West Partnership Trade Agreement is an agreement between the Governments of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, to facilitate easier movement between the provinces. This agreement allows registered dentists in these four provinces to apply for registration, as long as they meet the provincial requirements of the province they are applying in. The NWPTA does not apply to the Education and Research Register, the Education and Research General Residency Program Register, the Education and Research Graduate Student Program Register, the Courtesy Register or the Volunteer Register. In order to transfer from another province or territory applicants will need to meet the requirements of the entire application process required of all applicants.
Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
Under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, applicants may be eligible to register on the CDSA’s Main Register. Applicants are required under this agreement to fulfill CDSA’s application requirements including the Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination. The CFTA does not apply to the Education and Research Register, the Education and Research General Residency Program Register, the Education and Research Graduate Student Program Register, the Courtesy Register or the Volunteer Register.
Fair Registration Practices Act (2019)
The Fair Registration Practices Act provides the authority to require regulatory authorities of regulated occupations and trades to ensure that their registration practices are transparent, objective, impartial and fair. There are timelines and specific processes as a result of this legislation.
Bill 21 – An Act to Protect Patients (2019)
This Act is now law and part of the Health Professions Act. It protects patients and applies consistent penalties to all health professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act for findings of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. Mandatory penalties for regulated health professions include cancellation of a practice permit for any health professional whose conduct is deemed to be sexual abuse of a patient, and suspension of a practice permit for any health professional whose conduct is deemed to be sexual misconduct toward a patient.
A health professional whose practice permit is cancelled because of a hearing tribunal decision that they engaged in sexual abuse of a patient or because the health professional was convicted of specific provisions under the Criminal Code of Canada, cannot reapply for reinstatement at any time. Health professionals are prevented from applying for reinstatement for at least 5 years if their permit has been cancelled as a result of conduct deemed to be sexual misconduct. As a regulatory college the College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta has a Standard of Practice: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct.
By law, the College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta has established a fund to pay for treatment and counselling for patients who allege sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a dentist. There is also a patient relations program that includes training for dentists and College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta staff to prevent and address sexual abuse and misconduct and information to help Albertans understand the complaints process.
The College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta is also required to post dentists’ discipline history for sexual abuse or misconduct on our public facing website.
Bill 49 – Labour Mobility Act (awaiting Proclamation)
The Labour Mobility Act creates a standardized approach to recognizing other provincial credentials and clarifies requirements for Alberta’s professional regulatory authorities. This law will apply to an individual who is seeking to be registered in the regulated profession in Alberta that they are currently registered with another provincial regulator, outside of Alberta. The Alberta Government is currently drafting the Regulation for this Act. The Alberta Government will not proclaim the Act until the Regulation is finalized.
This Act introduces maximum timeframes for regulatory authorities to make registration decisions after receiving a complete application. Regulatory authorities are required to establish an internal review or appeal process for registration decisions within a reasonable timeframe. Under the Act, the documentation required to evaluate an applicant is limited to include proof of certification in a Canadian jurisdiction and in any other documentation stated in the Regulation.
The information on required registration documents and fees is available to the public on the College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta website.