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Council Meeting:
January 14, 2011

Les réunions au Conseil:
Le 14 janvier 2011


About the College

CDTO Myths and Facts

Myth Fact
The CDTO protects and promotes the interests of dental technologists. The CDTO does not protect or promote the interests of dental technologists. The College of Dental Technologists of Ontario was created under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 , Statutes of Ontario, 1991. The mandate of the CDTO is to protect the public interest by regulating and guiding dental technologists.
The CDTO is a self-serving "old-boys club" of dental technologists. The CDTO is actually governed by a Council of 7 professional members elected by their peers and 6 public members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. This arrangement ensures strong public representation within the CDTO.

Composition of the CDTO Council is prescribed in Section 5 of the Dental Technology Act, 1991.

The CDTO is a government agency. The CDTO is one of twenty-one (21) health regulatory colleges created under the Regulated Health Professions Act on December 31, 1993. The Act defined the CDTO's authority and responsibilities to:
  • Regulate the dental technology profession
  • Set requirements for entry to practice
  • Register members
  • Establish and monitor members' practice standards and professional conduct Investigate complaints, and discipline members.
While the CDTO is ultimately responsible to the Government of Ontario, it is not a direct agency of the government and does not receive funding from the government.
The CDTO is a teaching institution that offers courses in dental technology. The CDTO is not a teaching institution. It does not provide any courses to those who wish to enter the profession. The CDTO is however responsible for setting requirements for entry into the dental technology profession in Ontario.

The CDTO administers Registration Examination to qualify individuals to practice in Ontario.

Courses in dental technology may be obtained from a College of Applied Arts and Technology, such as George Brown College. Please contact these educational institutions for more information on dental technology courses.

The Association of Dental Technologists of Ontario and the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario both have the statutory power to regulate the dental technology profession in Ontario. Through legislation, the CDTO is the sole organization responsible for registering, regulating and monitoring dental technologists.

The CDTO is charged with the responsibility of protecting the public interest and is answerable to the government of Ontario.

The Association is a voluntary organization of dental technologists with its separate goals and mandates, with no regulatory power. While the CDTO often consults with the Association on policy decisions, the two are independent of each other.

The CDTO Registration Examination is not fair. It is a means of preventing individuals from entering the dental technology profession. Laboratory owners would use the marking process to prevent candidates from passing to minimize competition. Since 1994, the CDTO has worked hard to improve access to the profession.

The Required Competency Standard for CDTO Registration Examination and the Registration Process are published and applied consistently to all candidates irrespective of background and country of origin.

Examination questions are developed and validated by impartial consultants and/or experts. Marking of written questions and practical projects are according to a set of templates and pre-determined marking criteria.

Markers have no knowledge of whose paper or projects they are marking as they only see candidate numbers on examination papers or projects. In addition, the CDTO has a formal appeal process for candidates to appeal their results.