Guide for Internationally Trained Dental Technicians

Guide for Internationally Trained Dental Technicians

In New Brunswick, dental technicians who operate or supervise a dental laboratory are required to be registered (licensed) as a Registered Dental Technician (RDT). They possess knowledge and skills in the design, fabrication, repair and alteration of dental prosthetics that are prescribed by dentists, denturists and legally qualified health care practitioners.

As stipulated under the Dental Technicians Act (1957, c. 71), the New Brunswick Dental Technicians Association (NBDTA), through its Board of Examiners, carries out examinations and certifies individuals through four examinations or phases involving complete dentures, crowns and bridges, cast partials and orthodontics. The Registrar then lists these individuals as RDTs on a membership roster.

Apprentices who complete at least one of the four examinations will be recognized as an Accredited Dental Technician (ADT), but will not be able to operate or supervise a dental laboratory. All individuals working in a dental laboratory or in the employ of dental practitioners carrying out the work of a dental technician must be members of the NBDTA and be listed on the membership roster either as an Apprentice (AP), an Accredited Dental Technician (ADT) or a Registered Dental Technician (RDT). Other membership categories include Associate RDT for those RDTs living outside the province who wish to maintain their credentials in the province as well as honorary and lifetime membership for exemplary service to the Association over the years.

Before you immigrate to New Brunswick

Before you arrive in Canada, you must contact a credential assessment agency to request an assessment package, or access the information and forms through the ICAS website at This will help you to determine whether you meet the educational requirements set out in the Competency Profile of Canadian Dental Technicians and to gather the necessary documents for application to the NBDTA.

Language requirements

New Brunswick is a bilingual province where proficiency in both English and French is an asset. To work in a dental laboratory setting, you must be able to read, write and speak in either English or French at a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 8. Those considering immigrating to New Brunswick should contact the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at to assess their proficiency in English. For French assessments, contact the Centre de langue française de la CCI Paris Ile-de-France at

Working in New Brunswick

Once you have received your credential assessment report, contact us to obtain an application form for membership in the NBDTA. Submit the application, along with the required fees, the credential assessment report and all original documentation, for further assessment by our Board of Examiners to determine the level of membership for which you qualify and any further requirements that may be needed for you to become an RDT. If you were an RDT in another country and meet the Competency Profile of Canadian Dental Technicians, you may be granted an RDT membership without further examinations. If you do not meet the requirements, examinations may be necessary as required by the Board of Examiners.