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Orthodontic Assistant Permit Training Program

CAO Orthodontic Assistant Permit Training Program

This program is designed to expand the allowable range of duties for RDAs and dental assistants, helping enhance your office productivity and creating a professional career ladder for staff members.

The CAO’s program walks orthodontists through the process of becoming licensed by the California Dental Board to provide the program, and includes the course materials necessary to train assistants in your office, avoiding costly staff days out of the office.

CAO offers the Orthodontic Assistant Permit Training Program at a deeply discounted rate to CAO members.

  • CAO Members: $275 per provider office; $25 per assistant trained
  • Non-CAO Members: $550 per provider office; $50 per assistant trained
  • Non-CDA Members: $1950 per provider office; $50 per assistant trained

Additional fees from the dental board related to licensing and testing apply.

Learn more about dental board requirements here: Dental Board of California

How It Works

First, you must become a course provider. Purchase the course from CAO, complete the application and submit it to the Dental Board of California for approval. Once approved, you may begin to train your dental auxiliaries.

The CAO Orthodontic Assistant Permit training course consists of a number of modules requiring 84 hours of instruction for Dental Assistants (DA) and 60 hours for Registered Dental Assistants (RDA).

Once all course study is completed, your staff will take a final examination administered by the Dental Board. Successful completion of the training and examination allows the student the ability to perform expanded duties within the office.  All the documents or document examples necessary to apply to become a course provider, to train your staff and for your staff to apply for their permit are included in the course.

You will need to furnish orthodontic supplies for your student(s), many of which are routinely found in your office, such as archwires and elastics. A complete list of supplies required for the course is outlined in the OAP materials section.

Getting Started

Once you purchase the program (link to online purchase form), a confirmation email will be sent to your office providing your username and password, which will allow you online access to the course materials.

The confirmation will acknowledge your right to use the training materials and your understanding that no part of the course may be reproduced except as indicated; this form must be submitted to the Dental Board along with the application to the Dental Board to become a course provider.

How Assistants Get Permitted

A course completion form can be downloaded and must be completed for each staff member trained. These certificates must be submitted to the Dental Board along with the staff permit application. (As future staff members are trained, completion certificates must be purchased and submitted for each additional OAP applicant.)

Once the payment confirmation, the course completion form, the Dental Board OAP written final examination and the permit application are successfully completed and submitted, the Dental Board of California will grant the applicant an Orthodontic Assistant Permit.

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