Registration and Licensing Requirements for Dental Assistants

The following requirements must be met in order to be registered and licensed to practice dental assisting in the province of Nova Scotia:

  • A certified photocopy of certificate of graduation from a dental assisting program which has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, along with a letter from the school certifying your graduation from the dental assisting program;
  • An applicant must provide a certified copy of their Canadian birth certificate, or Canadian citizenship card or proof of permanent Canadian residency status.
    If an applicant is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada then the applicant must provide details about their current citizenship status and a certified copy of the authorization issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada which permits them to engage in the practice of dentistry in Canada. 
  • Translation of Documents are the responsibility of the applicant. 
  • Letter of Good Standing from the Registrar of your previous jurisdiction (if currently or previously licensed);
  • If not a new graduate, one must have proof of continual practice defined as a minimum of having worked as a Level II assistant within the preceding five-year period.
  • Verification of active membership in the Nova Scotia Dental Assistants' Association (Contact: Ms. Lynda Foran, 902-405-1122); or
  • Completed application form;
  • If licensing for the first time in Nova Scotia, effective April 1, 2007, the National Dental Assistants Examining Board Certificate will be a requirement. If you do not have the Certificate, a Conditional License will be issued and you will have one year to complete the National Exam before the annual renewal.
  • For the purposes of labour mobility under the Agreement on Internal Trade, ( ) a person with a non-restricted license obtained in any Canadian licensing jurisdiction prior to July 1, 2001, who is able to demonastrate 900 hours of clinical practice in the field of dental assisting during the last 3 years, will be recognized as holding the necessary qualifications for licensure as a dental assistant and will be eligible to be registered in the Dental Assistants' Register.
  • Payment of appropriate fees to the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia;

                          $ 65.00 initial registration fee

                          $ 235.00 annual license fee

                          $ 117.50 licensing fee if licensing after November 1st

  •  A Vulnerable Sector Search and a Criminal Record Check  (Performed wihin the previous 12 months);
  • Two written character references from non-family members who have known you for the past four years;


Payment of fees is accepted by visa, mastercard, debit, cheque or money order.

Please Note: License fees are non-refundable.


Licensing Process

The application form with all necessary and correct documentation is submitted to the Registrar for review.

The Provincial Dental Board will contact the applicant to schedule an appointment to meet with the Registrar to discuss their application.

In circumstances where the Registrar needs to obtain additional information the registration process will require additional time in order to complete.

Applicants cannot begin to practice without a license.

Successful applicants who meet all of the licensing requirements will be entered into the Dental Assistant Register and issued a license.

Applicants who have been declined licensure are permitted to appeal the Registrar's decision to the Registration Appeal Committee.

Dental Assistants who previously did not meet the contiuous practice requirement in Nova Scotia, but are not eligible to re-license are required to complete the application form.

Download Application and Consent Forms