The following requirements must be met in order to be registered and licensed to practice dental assisting in the province of Nova Scotia:
1. A certified photocopy of your 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;
2. Photocopy of your birth certificate; (if you do not have your birth certificate then you must apply for a new one)
3. Verification of active membership in the Nova Scotia Dental Assistants' Association (currently you hold a student membership which will expire November 30th, 2017 – Please make sure that you renew your membership at that time)
4. Completed application form with a passport photo attached.
5. 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.
6. Payment of appropriate fees to the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia;
$ 65.00 initial registration fee
$ 228.00 annual license fee
$ 114.00 licensing fee if licensing after November 1st
A Vulnerable Sector Check 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.
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.