Continuing to learn and grow is essential to being a competent dental assistant.

Professional Development


Licensed “Registered Dental Assistants” (practice status) are required to obtain 15 professional development credits throughout the year.

Non-Practicing 4th Year

Non-practicing members in their 4th year are required to obtain 15 professional development credits prior to upgrading to practicing status and one course must address infection control.

Non-Practicing 5th Year

Non-practice members must upgrade in their 5th year to practice status. Note: Members holding practice status in another oral health profession may hold non-practice status indefinitely.

Lifelong Learning in Dental Assisting

It is very important to stay current and up-to-date with the ever-changing technology, materials, and information being made available in the dental field. Continuing education is essential for all healthcare professionals to be able to maintain the highest standards of care and safety for their patients.

The SDAA requires every dental assistant holding a practice status to acquire a minimum of 15 credits per year of professional development to maintain their license. Each point is equivalent to 1 hour of professional development. These credits can be acquired by attending health-related presentations, lunch and learn sessions, technology updates by qualified technicians, educational courses, dental modules, and internet training sessions.

Since becoming a regulatory authority in 1998, the SDAA Curriculum and Credential SDAA have reviewed a significant number of requests relative to dental assistant practice. Some requests have been approved, others denied. A comprehensive reference of the committee decisions are compiled in report form.

Registered Dental Assistants in Saskatchewan have one of the broadest competency or skill lists in all of Canada. It is based on formal education taken at a recognized program in dental assisting or dental program.

Digital Resources

Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Partnership (SHIRP) Research Resource

Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Partnership (SHIRP) is a provincially funded electronic library that gives Saskatchewan’s health care practitioners including all oral health professionals, access to books, journals, and databases online at no cost. You can access these valuable information resources by visiting www.shirp.ca.

If you would like to know more about SHIRP or arrange for training on SHIRP resources, please contact the SHIRP librarian:

Other Resources

Infection Control

Prevention & Control Standards for Saskatchewan

An infection control course must be taken annually and is a requirement for renewal and/or reinstatement.

Approved IPC courses include:

Any approved IPC course that is required annually by your employer. Please submit a copy of the course certificate and confirm your employer’s approval.

The Following No-Cost Courses:

  1.  Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Course offered through Alberta Health Services.
  2. Building the Safest Dental Visit training available from the CDC.
  3. Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Direct Clinical Care Providers.

Flash Sterilization

How should items be stored following sterilization?

Sterile items and disposable (single-use) items should be stored in an enclosed storage area (e.g., cabinet or drawer). Dental supplies and instruments should not be stored under sinks or in other locations where they might become wet. Sterilized items should remain wrapped until they are needed for use. Unwrapped items are susceptible to contamination.

Avoid storing items loose in drawers or cabinets because unwrapped items cannot be kept sterile. Items stored in this manner are subject to contamination from dust, aerosols generated during treatment, and the hands of personnel who must handle them.


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving method that can be used in a variety of scenarios where someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped, including heart attacks and near-drowning situations. Beginning CPR with rapid, forceful chest compressions is advised by the American Heart Association. First responders and inexperienced spectators alike should follow this advice for hands-only CPR.

In order to apply, renew or reinstate your license, you MUST have current CPR. While CPR C or BLS are preferred, any CPR course is accepted.

Proof of course completion and valid CPR certification is required. A current CPR certificate must be provided that notes the date certification is valid.