In Nova Scotia, anyone can work in the field of dental technology. However, only Registered Dental Technicians (RDTs) are permitted to own and operate laboratories. Dental technicians working in this province must do so under the direct supervision of an RDT.
New applicants wishing to register with the NSDTA to practice as an RDT in Nova Scotia must complete the credentialing and competency assessment process administered by the Canadian Alliance of Dental Technology Regulators.
This pathway to licensure is available to those who have completed a recognized dental technology program in Canada, those who have completed dental technology education abroad, and those who were previously registered with a Canadian jurisdiction but allowed their RDT status to lapse. Information and policies, resources, and an applicant portal can be found at the following link:
Applicants already registered as an RDT elsewhere in Canada:
Applicants who are active, practicing RDTs in another Canadian jurisdiction that has a regulatory body for dental technology, but wish to transfer their credentials to Nova Scotia, can do so under the provision of Labour Mobility set out in Chapter 7 of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.
These applicants are subject to the following policy:
CFTA Transfer Policy
RDTs and dental technicians already registered with the NSDTA are required to renew their membership applications annually (due April 30th for a given calendar year).
Currently, the cost to register as an RDT is $300 and as a dental technician is $100. This amount is reviewed annually and subject to change. Links to membership applications can be found below.