Renewing Your Dental Assisting Permit

Annual renewal opens mid-September. The renewal deadline is October 31.

When renewals are open and you are ready to apply, follow our Guide for Online Annual Practice Permit Renewal. It has step-by-step instructions for accessing and using our online renewal application.

Get Ready

Here’s a brief overview of what’s in your renewal application. Review this information to help you prepare for a quick and easy renewal.

Renewal Tip To make your renewal as easy as possible, you can take care of most of these things in the Portal before you begin your renewal application.

Profile updates

Check that all your contact information is current in your profile (for example, name, email, mailing address and phone number). If you need to change your name, have verification ready to upload.

You must keep the information in your Profile up to date. It’s required by the Health Professions Act and Dental Assistants Profession Regulation.

Complete your competence requirements

  • You will need to have your learning objectives for the current year completed by November 30.
  • Calculate your practice hours. You need to fulfill a minimum of 300 practice hours in a 3-year period.*
  • Plan your learning for next year. You will need to record 2 proposed learning objectives before you renew.

*If you have less than 300 practice hours, you also meet the current practice requirement if you:

  • graduated from a dental assisting education program within the last three years, or
  • complete a Clinical Refresher Course, or
  • complete the National Dental Assisting Examining Board Clinical Practice Evaluation, or
  • have current dental assisting practice rights in another regulated province

You will need to provide verification during your Continuing Competence Program Audit.

Patient Relations Module

You must have completed the Patient Relations Final Exam before you renew. If you haven’t done it yet, you can access it in the Professional Practice Learning Centre (PPLC). It’s a one-time requirement. If you completed it in the past, you meet the requirement. Check the PPLC if you’re not sure.

Not completing the Patient Relations Final Exam may result in cancellation or suspension of your Registration and/or Practice Permit.

Employment information updates

Check that all your employment information is current (for example, employer name and contact information, your start and end dates, hours, role).

You must keep your employment information up to date. It’s required by the Health Professions Act and Dental Assistants Profession Regulation.

Applicant’s Statement, Terms and Conditions

The declarations you make about your eligibility to renew and the information you provide in your renewal application are important. Read carefully and respond accurately.


The Practice Permit Renewal Fee is $242.00. That fee includes $17.00 for professional liability insurance.

Have your credit card ready to pay your fees in the secure online payment section of the renewal application form.

After You Renew

Remember to:

  • print your Practice Permit
  • print your receipt

Not Practicing

If you won’t be practicing as a dental assistant in the upcoming registration year, you may not need to renew your Permit. You can learn more at Transfer to Leave of Absence and at Cancel Permit and Registration.

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