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In a significant move to streamline dental technology regulation and credential recognition across Canada, the Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators (CADTR) has announced its latest initiative. CADTR, an alliance comprising six provincial dental technology regulators, collectively licenses 2,100 professionals nationwide. Its members include the Nova Scotia Dental Technicians Association, New Brunswick Dental Technicians Association, Ordre des technologues en prothèses et appareils dentaires du Québec, College of Dental Technologists of Ontario, College of Dental Technologists of Alberta, and the British Columbia College of Oral Health Professionals.

The CADTR plays a pivotal role in safeguarding public health by ensuring that dental technologists aspiring for registration meet stringent educational and professional competence standards. This initiative is supported by a letter of endorsement from all CADTR members, underscoring their unified commitment to maintaining high standards in the profession.

A significant part of CADTR’s mission involves providing credential evaluation and competency assessment services for both Canadian and international dental technologists seeking licensure in Canada. This process entails a comprehensive review of the applicants’ education and professional experience to ensure it aligns with or closely matches the Canadian dental technology program standards. Furthermore, CADTR oversees the Dental Technology Entry-to-Practice Assessment (DTETPA), an essential evaluation for assessing the preparedness of domestic and international professionals for independent dental technology practice in Canada.

The College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO) has been awarded funding by the Government of Canada through the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP). This funding will support the administration of the Access to Dental Technology (ADT) II project over three years, representing a collaborative effort on behalf of CADTR.

The ADT II project aims to further develop and refine methods for recognizing prior learning. This initiative is crucial for integrating internationally educated dental technologists into the Canadian workforce, enhancing the profession’s standards and ensuring a consistent, high-quality dental healthcare service across the country.

To view the full Request for Proposal for the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Consultant, click the image below.