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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 current processing time for writing the Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination and Registration?
Given the current situation with COVID-19, the Alberta Dental Association and College is currently unable to administer the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam at the offices of the Alberta Dental Association and College. New applicants are being registered via an online Orientation and Registration Session, held through Zoom teleconference. Registration of new applicants is effective the following day, conditional upon new members attending and writing the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam at a later date.  A selection of dates will be posted at a later date for new members to write the exam, once it is safe to do so. Once dates have been established they will be emailed to all new members, requesting their attendance. Newly registered members will need to make this a priority once the dates are released.  Failure to attend the exam or pass the exam will result in immediate cancellation of the practice permit.

When will the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam material be released?
Exam material will be forwarded by email once an application is complete and has been approved by the Alberta Dental Association and College CEO/Registrar. Please note that during these uncertain times, although the exam will be written at a later date, applicants will be required to study and learn this material. It is essential that new members are knowledgeable of the exam material before commencing practicing.

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.