CDAAC - Canadian Dental Anaesthesia Assistant CertificationA competency based training course for those assisting in dental sedation delivery

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​Course Overview


This course is an online self study program which the student has eight months to complete from the time of registration.

The management of pain and anxiety for patients undergoing dental procedures is a major focus of the dental profession. Dentistry has evolved to administer general anaesthesia, IV sedation, and oral/inhaled agents for sedation and analgesia in a safe manner to millions of patients. This course provides the knowledge for team members to effectively manage patients throughout the process. At the core of the dental anaesthesia/sedation experience is the dentist and the operatory team. The team must be competent to provide safe and effective pain and anxiety control across the entire anaesthesia spectrum. The CDAAC curriculum has been designed to prepare team members to provide supportive anaesthesia care in office based dental settings. This program gives the sedation team member expertise in the perioperative and operative care of patients undergoing anaesthesia services. It especially focuses on emergency care of patients undergoing anaesthesia.

The Canadian Dental Anaesthesia Assistant Course combines video lectures, a course manual, quizzes, and a final exam for an in depth anaesthesia learning experience. The certification can be completed from the comfort of your home on a timeline you determine . The student will receive their CDAAC certification upon successful completion of a online final exam and upon submission of a current BLS CPR certificate.

This course is for staff who assist in minimal, moderate, and/or deep sedation in dentistry.


Course Recertification

The CDAAC certification is valid for five years. To recertify, you must retake the course every five
years and maintain current BLS  certification. Please note: Online CPR certifications are not accepted.

​Current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR. Online courses are not accepted.
Note: You need to email a copy of your BLS certificate to to be able to complete this course. You can complete your BLS after the final exam, but that may delay the mailing of your course certificate.

You have 8 months from the date of registration to complete your final exam and finish the certification. The course is made up of a combination of self study, video lectures, quizzes and an exam. This certification course counts for 36 educational hours. Please note the number of CE credits is decided by your governing body.

  1. Initial CDAAC course certification: $899.00 CAD
  2. CDAAC Course recertification: $699.00 CAD
  3. Optional hard copy of the course manual: $89.00 CAD

A digital Adobe pdf version of the manual will be emailed to you after you register

To maintain a current CDAAC certification the course must be retaken every five years. To be given the reduced rate recertification tuition you must register within 62 months of the date on your certification. We allow for a 2 month grace period past the five year deadline. If you allow your CDAAC certification to elapse past that point you will not be eligible for the discount.

Follow These Steps to Register Yourself or Staff Member(s) and Pay the Tuition Fee(s)

If you are recertifying you will need to show us proof of previous certification within 5 years of your current course registration date. 

You must have proof of current BLS CPR  certification before you can be issued your certificate after completing the course.  The CPR course must include hands on basic airway management including the use of a bag valve mask and oral pharyngeal airways.

Follow these steps.

Step 1: Fill out the following registration form for each student registering.

Step 2: Click on the “submit” button at the bottom of this page and this will lead you to the tuition payment page.

Step 3: Pay the tuition for yourself or the staff member you are registering.

Step 4: Once you register and pay your tuition, you or the staff member will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to proceed with the course. If you are registering multiple staff then this registration form must be submitted for each person.

This course requires the student to have online internet access.

  • This number will be placed on your educational hours document
  • This will be the address we mail your certificate to
  • Must be Basic Life Support
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