Who We Are
The College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO) is a regulatory body that serves and protects the public interest by regulating the profession of dental technology. The College ensures the ongoing competency and accountability of dental technologists, also known as Registered Dental Technologists (RDTs), practising in the province of Ontario.
The College fulfills its role by:
- Setting the requirements for entry into the profession.
- Ensuring the continued competence and professional development of the profession by requiring all Registrants to participate in the Quality Assurance program.
- Establishing the Standards of Practice that must be met by registrants of the profession to ensure high quality patient care and safety.
- Holding registrants of the profession accountable for meeting practice and conduct standards through its complaints, disciplinary and fitness to practise procedures.
- Maintaining a public register that provides information to the public about all current and former CDTO members.
The work of the College is governed and directed by the Board, whose job is to represent the interests of the public. The Board is made up of dental technologists (elected by their peers) and members of the public (appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario). It is the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, the Dental Technology Act, 1991 and the Regulations associated with this legislation that provides the College with its mandate to regulate the practice of dental technologists in Ontario. The College and the Council are accountable to the Minister of Health.
Underpinning and guiding all that the College does are its Mission, Vision and Values:
To protect the public interest by providing leadership and by setting and enforcing the ethical and professional standards of its registrants, the Registered Dental Technologists of Ontario
The CDTO continues to be known as a regulatory leader and RDTs are viewed as integral members of the oral health care team, inspiring public trust and confidence.
- Integrity—our mission is carried out with professionalism that promotes trust and confidence, and sets an example for the profession.
- Respect and Consideration—we conduct business thoughtfully, fairly and with compassion in all interactions.
- Transparency and Openness—we deliver programs and activities in an open and interactive manner within the boundaries of privacy legislation and regulations.
- Communication—we value open, honest and accessible communication.
- Accountability—our strategic goals are set and achieved through collective responsibilities and teamwork. CDTO assesses its operations and reinforces ongoing quality improvement.
Strategic planning is a dynamic process to ensure continuing relevance and effectiveness in terms of the College’s public interest mandate based on best practices. The Board approved CDTO’s Strategic Plan in September 2017. Annually it reviews the accomplishments to date and ensures continued alignment with the mission, vision and priorities of the College. It was last reviewed and updated in January 2021.