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How long will it take to have my application completed with the Alberta Dental Association and College?
Application processing times will vary, depending upon how quickly application materials, transcripts and Certificates of Standing/Letters of Good Standing are received and processed.

What are the fees?
The Alberta Dental Association and College application fee is $500. The registration fee is $1,000, and the annual fees can vary yearly. For information on current annual fees, please contact the Alberta Dental Association and College.

Are there any payment options for registration?
The Alberta Dental Association and College does have an option to Register Only and then pay the Practice Permit fee at a later date; this is an option available to applicants who are not planning to work immediately or are feeling some uncertainty moving forward.

I already have a copy of my transcripts, which are in a sealed envelope. Can I send them in myself?
Transcripts must be received by the ADA&C directly from the university the applicant has obtained their dental degree from.

Who can notarize or certify documents?
All practicing lawyers can notarize documents. Members of the Legislative Assembly, Members of Parliament and judges can also notarize a document.

Does the National Dental Examining Board of Canada certificate need to be notarized or certified?
No. Only a photocopy of the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) of Canada certificate is required.

How long will my Certificate of Standing or Letter of Good Standing be valid for?
Certificates of Standing and/or Letters of Good Standing are valid for eight weeks from the date of their issuance.

Who can write my character reference letters and what king of format do they need to be written in?
Character reference letters may be written by friends or work colleagues, but not family members or classmates. Letters should be a minimum of three paragraphs in length. Letters must be signed with an original signature, dated and contain the character reference’s contact information. Letters must all be written independently by character references.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, what is the process for writing the ADA&C Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination and registering?
The Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination is currently being proctored online by the Alberta Dental Association and College, as part of the Orientation and Registration of new members. Once an applicant has submitted all application material, and transcripts, Certificates of Standing/Letters of Good Standing and malpractice information has been received, the application will be forwarded the Alberta Dental Association and College CEO/Registrar for approval. Once an application is approved, the applicant is notified, offered a selection of upcoming Examination/Orientation and Registration Session dates, and as a courtesy the examination document are forwarded. Please note that these documents are also available at all times to applicants and the public on the Alberta Dental Association and College’s public website of www.dentalhealthalberta.ca. Once an applicant has selected a date it will be confirmed with the applicant, and Orientation documents will be forwarded, as well as information regarding details of the scheduled zoom teleconference call. Once an applicant has written and passed the online proctored Ethics and Jurisprudence examination and attended the online Orientation with the CEO/Registrar and has been registered, applicants can start working the following day.

How can I access the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam material?
The six documents the Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination is based on are available on the ADA&C public website at www.dentalhealthalberta.ca. The documents will also be forwarded to applicants as part of the application process, once an application is complete and approved by the Alberta Dental Association and College CEO/Registrar.

What format is the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam in?  Is it multiple choice or open book?
The Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam is in a written format. It is not open book or multiple choice.

Will I need to travel to Edmonton to take the Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination?
Yes. New members will be contacted with a selection of dates to write the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam. Exams will be held at the offices of the Alberta Dental Association and College, and once completed, will be marked while new members wait. Results will be given on that date.

I have written the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam in another province.  Is the exam I have written transferable to Alberta?
Ethics and Jurisprudence exams written in other provinces are not transferable to Alberta.

Can I become professionally incorporated before I am registered in Alberta?
Professional incorporation documents cannot be processed until an applicant is a member of the Alberta Dental Association and College.

What is the annual calendar year in Alberta?
The annual calendar year in Alberta is January 1 to December 31.

  • How do I set up a new Professional Corporation?

    See the Professional Corporation information package that is designed to assist Alberta dentists in the procedures to register a new Professional Corporation.

    The package provides information on: initial registration, amendments, amalgamations, revivals, continuance and change in shareholdings of a Professional Corporation in Alberta.

    The ADA&C strongly encourages members to seek the advice of a lawyer and/or accountant before proceeding with establishing or making changes to a Professional Corporation.

  • Can I have my spouse or children apart of my Professional Corporation?

    Since March 2010 legislation has allowed for a spouse and dependents to be able to have non-voting shares within a Professional Corporation. See the Professional Corporation information package for more information.

  • What name is acceptable for a Professional Corporation?

    The name must be in the correct format. The first name (in full or initial) and full last name of the dentist must be the first part of the Professional Corporation name. The dentist’s middle name(s) (in full or initial) may be used but are optional. The last part of the Professional Corporation name must be either Professional Corporation or Professional Dental Corporation. For example John Samuel Doe could incorporate as John Doe Professional Corporation or as J. S. Doe Professional Dental Corporation, etc. However, Dr. John Doe Professional Corporation is not acceptable as it is not possible for a corporation to earn a degree.

    Note: If more than one dentist is included in the Professional Corporation the Professional Corporation name must include all regulated members names using the naming format above.

  • Can a member have more than one Professional Corporation?

    Yes, a member can hold more than one Professional Corporation.