How to apply for NDAEB Practical Exam

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What is NDAEB CPE?

The NDAEB developed a Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE) for use by Canadian Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities (CDARA) in the licensing/registration of dental assistants. For more information, see the CPE Candidate Handbook.


How many Practical exams are scheduled in a year?

The practical exams are conducted 4 times a year about 2 months after each written exam. You must have passed the written exam in order to be eligible to book your slots for the NDAEB CPE exam. 


NDAEB Practical Exam Tentative Dates

Exams are conducted 4 times a year:

  • February / March
  • May / June
  • August / September
  • November

How to book for the NDAEB Practical Exam?

Once you have passed the written exam, you can select the next available dates for the clinical practical exam (CPE). You are advised to book the slot as early as possible as the slots are filled on a first come first serve basis itself.


How to Prepare for the NDAEB Practical exams?  

The Practical Exam consists of the evaluation of 9 skills which include:

  1. Expose Xrays
  2. Alginate Impressions
  3. Rubber Dam
  4. Coronal Polishing
  5. Cavity Liner
  6. Matrix Band & Wedge
  7. Fluoride Gel
  8. Pit & Fissure Sealant
  9. Topical Anesthesia

You must practice these skills at least 4-5 times before the exam day in order to perform the skills smoothly and with confidence. Canadie Dental provides training to practice for the NDAEB CPE exam at its center. 

Passing Criteria required for NDAEB Practical Exam

  • Asepsis
  • Professionalism
  • Procedure Steps
  • Use of Fulcrum
  • Time Management

Results of the NDAEB Practical Exam

About one month after the exam, you will receive an email mentioning the results PDF being available in your Candidate Portal. Your results will show the remarks on each skill conducted. NDAEB is strict about the practical exam and one must have adequate practice before attempting the CPE.

How can a Foreign Dentist Apply Dental Assistant Jobs

A foreign dentist seeking dental assistant jobs can follow these steps: research the requirements and regulations of the target country, ensure their qualifications align with local standards, acquire any necessary certifications or licenses, update their resume and cover letter, and actively apply to dental assistant positions while networking within the dental community.

NDAEB CPE Exam Package

The NDAEB (National Dental Assisting Examining Board) CPE (Clinical Practice Evaluation) exam package is a comprehensive assessment designed to evaluate the clinical skills and competency of dental assistants. It is a crucial component of the NDAEB certification process, aiming to ensure that candidates meet the standards necessary to provide safe and effective dental care.

The NDAEB CPE exam package consists of a series of practical evaluations that simulate real-life clinical scenarios

May 18-20CPE training BC
May 4-5CPE training ON
May 26-28CPE Exam ON
June 2-3DA/Floater Training
Aug 2-5CPE training ON

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