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Frequently Asked Questions about the Dental Assistant Level II Upgrade Certificate

Q: I'm a PDA who would like to complete the Dental Assistant Level II Upgrade Certificate. What do I need to do?

A: You will need to submit the following documentation to support your eligibility:

  • a copy of your academic transcript and diploma from a recognized dental assisting school
  • a letter from your dental employer stating your term of employment and position
  • the clinical pre-placement health form (The health form must be completed by your physician with the lab test results attached. An occupational health nurse reviews these documents. If something is missing, it will delay the medical clearance decision.)
  • documentation that you are HARP certified or have the George Brown Dental Office Radiography Certificate

Q: Where do I send the above documentation?

A: Please submit your documentation to

Deborah Clark
Chair, Community Services and Health Sciences
Centre for Continuous Learning
George Brown College, St. James campus
200 King St. E.
P.O. Box 1015, Station B
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 2T9

Q: What if I have questions about the above documentation requirements?

A: You can contact Deborah by phone at 416-415-5000, ext. 2068, by e-mail at dclark@georgebrown.ca or by fax at 416-415-2550.

Q: If I complete the George Brown Dental Assistant Level II Upgrade Certificate, does this mean I don't need to write the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) certification exam?

A: No. All dental assistants wishing to perform intra-oral duties (Level II) in the province of Ontario are required to hold the NDAEB certification.

Q: I completed my dental assisting education outside of Canada. Am I eligible to complete the Dental Assistant Level II Upgrade Certificate?

A: You must be a graduate from a recognized dental assisting school to be eligible to write the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) exam and take the Dental Assistant Level II Upgrade Certificate. Before starting the certificate, internationally educated dental assistants (or internationally educated dentists who want Level II Dental Assistant certification) should submit their academic transcripts and course work documentation to the NDAEB for review of their eligibility. For more information, please refer to the international applicants web page on the NDAEB website for details.

Q: Where can I go if I have more questions?

A: For more information, contact the Continuing Education Community Services & Health Sciences department at 416-415-5000, ext. 2126, or cecommunity@georgebrown.ca.