How long will it take to have my application completed with the Alberta Dental Association and College?
Application processing times will vary, depending upon how quickly application materials, transcripts and Certificates of Standing/Letters of Good Standing are received and processed.
What are the fees?
The Alberta Dental Association and College application fee is $500. The registration fee is $1,000, and the annual fees can vary yearly. For information on current annual fees, please contact the Alberta Dental Association and College.
Are there any payment options for registration?
The Alberta Dental Association and College does have an option to Register Only and then pay the Practice Permit fee at a later date; this is an option available to applicants who are not planning to work immediately or are feeling some uncertainty moving forward.
I already have a copy of my transcripts, which are in a sealed envelope. Can I send them in myself?
Transcripts must be received by the ADA&C directly from the university the applicant has obtained their dental degree from.
Who can notarize or certify documents?
All practicing lawyers can notarize documents. Members of the Legislative Assembly, Members of Parliament and judges can also notarize a document.
Does the National Dental Examining Board of Canada certificate need to be notarized or certified?
No. Only a photocopy of the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) of Canada certificate is required.
How long will my Certificate of Standing or Letter of Good Standing be valid for?
Certificates of Standing and/or Letters of Good Standing are valid for eight weeks from the date of their issuance.
Who can write my character reference letters and what kind of format do they need to be written in?
Character reference letters may be written by friends or work colleagues, but not family members or classmates. Letters should be a minimum of three paragraphs in length. Letters must be signed with an original signature, dated and contain the character reference’s contact information. Letters must all be written independently by character references.
What is the process for writing the Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination and registering as a member of the Alberta Dental Association and College?
The Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination is proctored online by Zoom teleconference; this is a required examination for all applicants applying to be registered with the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C) on the Main Register. This examination can be written at any time, and study documents are available to applicants and the public on the Alberta Dental Association and College’s public website at www.dentalhealthalberta.ca. Applicants and the public are welcome to request writing the exam at any time by emailing a request to the Director of Registrations at email@example.com or the Registrations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org The Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam is a written exam; it is not multiple choice nor is it open book. Applicants are given 1 ½ hours to write the exam; it will be marked the day of the exam and results are emailed to applicants. Any applicant who fails the exam can request to re-write the exam at the next scheduled exam time and date.
Application documentation must first be received electronically and the originals must then be forwarded by regular mail or courier. Application documents should be forwarded as a complete package, with the exception of Transcripts and Certificates of Standing/Letters of Good Standing which are required to be received from Universities and Regulatory Authorities, both by email and regular mail.
Completed applications are then forwarded to the CEO/Registrar for review and approval. Once an application has been approved by the CEO/Registrar and the Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination has been written and passed, an applicant will then be eligible to attend an Orientation and Registration Session. A selection of dates will be offered for an applicant to choose from. The Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam and Orientation and Registration Sessions are generally held on alternating weeks, with two exams being offered per month and two Orientation and Registration Sessions being offered per month. Once an applicant has selected a date it will be confirmed with the applicant, and Orientation and Registration Session documents and Zoom teleconference details will be forwarded. Once an applicant has attended an Orientation and Registration Session and paid the registration and annual fees, the new member will then be eligible to start working the following day.
- How can I access the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam material?
What format is the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam in? Is it multiple choice or open book?
The Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam is in a written format. It is not open book or multiple choice.
I have written the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam in another province. Is the exam I have written transferable to Alberta?
Ethics and Jurisprudence exams written in other provinces are not transferable to Alberta.
Can I become professionally incorporated before I am registered in Alberta?
Professional incorporation documents cannot be processed until an applicant is a member of the Alberta Dental Association and College.
What is the annual calendar year in Alberta?
The annual calendar year in Alberta is January 1 to December 31.
Professional Corporation FAQ
How do I set up a new Professional Corporation?
See the Professional Corporation information package that is designed to assist Alberta dentists in the procedures to register a new Professional Corporation.
The package provides information on: initial registration, amendments, amalgamations, revivals, continuance and change in shareholdings of a Professional Corporation in Alberta.
The ADA&C strongly encourages members to seek the advice of a lawyer and/or accountant before proceeding with establishing or making changes to a Professional Corporation.
Can I have my spouse or children apart of my Professional Corporation?
Since March 2010 legislation has allowed for a spouse and dependents to be able to have non-voting shares within a Professional Corporation. See the Professional Corporation information package for more information.
What name is acceptable for a Professional Corporation?
The name must be in the correct format. The first name (in full or initial) and full last name of the dentist must be the first part of the Professional Corporation name. The dentist’s middle name(s) (in full or initial) may be used but are optional. The last part of the Professional Corporation name must be either Professional Corporation or Professional Dental Corporation. For example John Samuel Doe could incorporate as John Doe Professional Corporation or as J. S. Doe Professional Dental Corporation, etc. However, Dr. John Doe Professional Corporation is not acceptable as it is not possible for a corporation to earn a degree.
Note: If more than one dentist is included in the Professional Corporation the Professional Corporation name must include all regulated members names using the naming format above.
Can a member have more than one Professional Corporation?
Yes, a member can hold more than one Professional Corporation.