Non-Commissioned Member | Full Time, Part Time
Dental Technicians assist and support Dental Officers in delivering dental services to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and, occasionally, their families and dependants.
A Dental Technician has the following primary duties:
Dental Technicians normally work in a military dental clinic. When in the field with an Army unit, they may work in a Mobile Dental Clinic or an Air Transportable Dental System. They may also work onboard a ship. Dental Technicians may be posted to a base within Canada or deployed on operations around the world.
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Learn more about Basic Training here.
Dental Technicians attend the Dental Technician Course at the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre in Borden, Ontario. The Dental Technician Course is a four-week program focused on field operations and dental clinic administration.
Dental Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through professional development and on-the-job training, including:
As they progress in their career, Dental Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
If you already have a Level II Dental Assisting Diploma from an accredited College or a National Dental Assisting Examining Board Certificate, including a registration/license with the provincial regulatory body where applicable (provincial regulatory organizations) and 900 hours clinical experience within the last three years, the CAF may place you directly into any of the 24 military dental clinics following basic training. Basic training is required before being assigned to a military dental clinic.
Non-commissioned Member Subsidized Training and Education Program (NCM STEP)
Because this position requires specialty training, the CAF will pay successful recruits to attend the diploma program at an approved Canadian college. NCM STEP students attend basic training and on-the-job training during the summer months. They receive a full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full-pay in exchange for working with the CAF for a period of time. If you choose to apply to this program, you must apply both to the CAF and be accepted at the appropriate accredited College.
For further information, please contact a Canadian Forces Health Services Recruiter: HealthSvcsRecruiting-RecrutementSvcsdesante@forces.gc.ca
Learn more about our Paid Education programs here.
For the most part, Dental Technicians serve in the Regular Force. There are limited opportunities for serving in the Reserve Force as a Dental Technician.
As a Dental Technician in the Reserve Force, you must have a Level II Dental Assisting Diploma from an accredited college and hold a current unrestricted dental assistant license by a Canadian provincial regulatory authority. You must have the ability to maintain clinical currency within your civilian workplace.
In the event of a personnel insufficiency at one of the military dental clinics, a Reserve Dental Technician may be called upon to work part-time or full-time at a clinic.
Reserve Force members may be offered a part-time or full-time position at a Canadian Forces dental clinic if the need arises. They are paid 92.8 percent of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.