Internationally Educated Dental Therapist Assessment and Gap Training Program

In Saskatchewan, dental therapists are governed by The Dental Disciplines Act (DDA) 1997 and the Saskatchewan Dental Therapists Association (SDTA) Bylaws. To practice dental therapy in the province of Saskatchewan, dental therapists must be registered and hold a membership with the SDTA. Once registered, Saskatchewan Dental Therapists must practice their profession in accordance with the SDTA Scope of Practice/Professional Standards. These processes protect the public's right to safe, effective, and ethical service from Saskatchewan dental therapists. 

All persons applying for registration with the SDTA must have successfully completed an educational program in dental therapy that is recognized by the SDTA council.  Internationally Educated Dental Therapists (IEDTs) that have obtained their dental therapy education from a school not recognized by the SDTA, must successfully complete the SDTA Internationally Educated Dental Therapist Assessment Program to apply for registration to become a practicing member of the SDTA.    

The Program consists of new assessment and gap training processes that have been recently developed. The final phase of testing these processes will ensure the SDTA has a rigorous, consistent, transparent, fair and timely method to safely license qualified IEDTs seeking licensure in Saskatchewan. 

The Program consists of eight steps:

      1. 1. Eligibility Assessment Application
      2. 2. Academic Review
      3. 3. Gap Training Clinical Competency Assessment Training
      4. 4. Clinical Competency Assessment
      5. 5. Post-Assessment Remediation and Training
      6. 6. SDTA Registration and Restricted Licensure
      7. 7. SDTA Mentorship Program
      8. 8. Full Practicing Membership


  • Applicants must be trained as dental therapists to apply for the program - other oral health professions are not eligible.

  • IEDTs will be able to acquire missing knowledge or skills through gap training courses, provided by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina Campus. 

The dates for the next Internationally Educated Dental Therapist GAP Training is tentatively scheduled for June 3-4, 2023 and the Clinical Assessment is tentatively scheduled for June 9-11, 2023. The program will take place at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, in Regina, Saskatchewan. 

Those interested are asked to respond, via email to, their interest in being part of the Program. 

Priority will be given to applicants that are currently in Saskatchewan, and/or Canada. 

You will be asked to fill out the application form and provide the listed documentation.  

Saskatchewan Dental Therapists Association Internationally Educated Dental Therapists Assessment and GAP Training Program - APPLICATION


Cindy G. Reed SDT
Executive Director

Saskatchewan Dental Therapists Association
On Treaty 4 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis People
P.O. Box 360  Gull Lake, SK S0N 1A0
Phone:  (306)672-3699
Fax:  (306)672-3619