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January 14, 2011

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CDTO Registration

How do I become a member of the CDTO?

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To register with the CDTO, you must meet registration requirements and pass Registration Examinations set by the CDTO based on the Competency Profile of Canadian Dental Technicians/Technologists.

The College is available to counsel you on the registration requirements. Please call (416) 438-5003 to set-up an appointment.

For information on registration requirements and examinations, please click on:

Education Requirements

You must have completed
  • Ontario Grade 12 education or equivalent;
  • A formal post-secondary education program in dental technology recognized by the CDTO. (A program assessed to have covered at least 80% of the Competency Profile of Canadian Dental Technicians/Technologists will be recognized.)
The College is available to counsel you on the education requirements. Please call (416) 438-5003 to set-up an appointment.

For additional information regarding the assessment of your education, please refer to Qualification Assessment.

Practical Training Requirements

Registration as a dental technologist requires actual experience of 1,950 hours of supervised practical training following completion of a post-secondary dental technology program. In these 1950 hours, you must undergo training in areas of complete dentures, partial dentures, crown & bridge, ceramics and orthodontics under direct guidance of a member of the CDTO or the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

The member who supervised your practical training in Ontario must certify your actual training hours.
Refer to a sample form here *.

Qualification Assessment

To register with the CDTO, regardless of where you obtained your formal dental technology education and training, you must submit an application for assessment. Application package for Eligibility Assessment, procedures and fees can be downloaded here. You may also request the package from the College. This assessment is done by an independent agency, the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS). ICAS will evaluate your
  • Grade 12 or equivalent education;
  • Dental technology education and training to determine if they have covered at least 80% of the Competency Profile of Canadian Dental Technicians/Technologists.
On receipt of the ICAS assessment, the College will advise you on the required next steps.

If the result of an assessment indicates that you can proceed to write the Registration Examination, refer to Registration Examination section for details.

If you are required to take the Eligibility Examination, refer to Eligibility Examination section for details.

Registration Examination

Before applying to sit the Registration Examination, you must first have your education and qualification evaluated by ICAS. The ICAS application package can be obtained from the College. The College will schedule one Registration Examination every year.

The Registration Examination is given in two parts

Part I The Written includes:

  •    A 2-hour Theory Examination that tests your general and theoretical knowledge in all subject areas listed in the “Competency Profile of Canadian Dental Technicians/Technologists”. The examination may include multiple choice questions, labeling of diagrams, short answers or a combination of the above. The passing score is 60% . and

  •    A one-and-a-half-hour open-book Jurisprudence and Ethics Examination that tests your knowledge of current legislation and ethics that govern the practice of dental technology in Ontario. The examination is in the form of multiple-choice questions.

Part II The Practical

  •  This examination extends over a period of 4 1/2 days. It test your understanding and interpretation of prescriptions, technical skills, time management, organization skills, equipment operation, and application of safety measures to the standards listed in the “Competency Profile of Canadian Dental Technicians/Technologists”. You will be asked to complete 5 or 6 dental technology projects according to prescriptions given. To pass the examination, you must

       • Complete ALL projects according to prescriptions given; and

       • Each of your completed projects must meet the marking criteria set for each of the  projects

 

To be eligible for registration with the CDTO, a candidate must pass Part I and Part II of the Registration Examination. Applications must be received by the Registration Examination deadline. To obtain an application package for Registration Examination, Please contact the CDTO.

Eligibility Examination

This 2-hour written examination, held in Ontario, tests general dental technology knowledge. Questions are based on competency areas stated in the Competency Profile of Canadian Dental Technicians/Technologists.

You require a score of not less than 60% to pass the Eligibility Examination.

The CDTO offers the examination to all applicable candidates four times a year. Contact the College regarding the dates of the Eligibility Examination or refer to What's New.

If you have completed the assessment process and are required to take Eligibility Examination, please contact the CDTO to obtain an application form for the Eligibility Examination.  

Who Needs an Upgrading/Refresher Course?

  1. A member who wants to apply for general certificate of registration, after holding an inactive certificate of registration for three years or more, must within fifteen months prior to the application for reinstatement, complete a refresher course and examinations set or approved by the College (Ref s. 10, Ontario Regulations 874/93, (Registration) made under the Dental Technology Act, 1991)
  2. An applicant, who completed 1950 hours of practical training more than three years prior to the date of the application for registration, must have within fifteen months of application, successfully completed a refresher course approved by the College. (Ref s. 5(1) 2, Ontario Regulations 874/93, (Registration) made under the Dental Technology Act, 1991)
  3. A candidate who fails a third attempt of the Registration Examination must submit to the Registration Committee proof of remediation and upgrading according to established policy guidelines before being allowed to sit the examination again. (Ref s. 3(2), Ontario Regulations 711/93, (Examinations) made under the Dental Technology Act, 1991)
  4. A candidate who applies to retake the Registration Examination more than two years after her/his failure must present to the Registration Committee proof of remediation and upgrading according to established policy guidelines. (Ref. s. 3(3), Ontario Regulations 711/93, (Examinations) made under the Dental Technology Act, 1991)