Obtaining a license
Denturism is a regulated profession with a reserved title and exclusivity of practice in the province of Quebec. An individual must be a member of the Ordre des denturologistes du Québec in order to carry out the professional duties reserved for denturologists and use the title of Denturologist. The Ordre must substantiate and attest that its members have the training and expertise required to practice in Quebec.
Training in Quebec
Each year, our profession welcomes aspiring denturologists holding a three-year college-level diploma (DEC) in Denturology (Techniques de denturologie) from Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, accredited by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie.
Training in Canada
Refer to the provincial regulation on legal authorizations to practice
(Règlement sur les autorisations légales d’exercer la profession de denturologiste hors du Québec qui donnent ouverture au permis de l’Ordre des denturologistes du Québec) [French only]
Skil self-assessment form [French only]
Training outside Canada
The Ordre follows the government-approved regulation on diploma and training equivalency standards, which includes evaluation criteria for competencies acquired abroad.
Applicants trained outside Canada must fill out a skill self-assessment form [French only], which will be sent to the Ordre and included in their license application. The applicant will be asked to assess their skills in the five following areas:
- Assessing patient needs
- Drawing up treatment plans consistent with the patient’s condition and needs
- Making prostheses
- Planning denturological treatment
- Evaluating and monitoring treatment plans
The self-assessment allows applicants for professional recognition with the Ordre des denturologistes du Québec to take stock of their competencies in relevant areas. Candidates are also free to include additional elements they consider pertinent to these skillsets. Note that the initial self-assessment results do not constitute a final decision.
Refer to the provincial regulation on diploma and training equivalency standards
(Règlement sur les normes d’équivalence de diplôme ou de formation aux fins de la délivrance d’un permis de l’Ordre professionnel des denturologistes du Québec) [French only]
To obtain an English version of this document, please contact the Ordre.
The Montreal Community Loan Fund (ACEM), whose mission is to combat poverty and exclusion through community credit (microlending), offers a foreign Credential Recognition Loan program (Objectif Reconnaissance). The program provides funding to immigrant professionals who need to update their skills or are looking to have prior training recognized by a professional order. Visit the organization’s website at http://acemfinancement.ca/
French evaluation for candidates trained outside of Quebec
Members of professional orders must have knowledge of French that is appropriate to practise their profession. Section 35 of the Charter of the French language specifies how to give proof of such knowledge. In some cases, professional orders refer candidates to the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) Service de l'évaluation du français pour les ordres professionnels [department that manages French evaluations for professional orders] to take a French examination.
Implementation of the new French examination
OQLF has begun to implement a new French examination. Ordre des denturologistes du Québec actively collaborated on revising the examination.
The new examination includes four activities. The first is a preparatory activity of reading and taking notes about a case study on the candidate’s professional reality. The second is a group oral expression activity where the case is discussed. An active participation in group discussions is mandatory to move on to the other activities. The third is an individual written work on the case submitted. The last activity is an individual interview with the assessor about new case-related elements.
For our purposes, the new examination will be implemented as of February 27, 2019, and will be carried out as follows:
- Candidates who have already taken the examination but have not passed all four parts
If you have already taken OQLF French examination, but you still have one to three parts to pass, you may continue taking the examination in its current form for a six-month period from the date specified above. Examinations will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as is currently the case.
You may also choose to take the French examination in its new form. In this case, the decision is final and irreversible. If you choose this option, you must send an email or the coupon attached to the letter that was recently sent to you to OQLF, indicating your file number.
As of August 27, 2019, candidates will be invited to take the new French examination. The four parts of the examination must be successfully completed during the same session. Given that the new examination forms an inseparable whole, it will not be possible to exempt candidates from taking one or more parts of the examination that have already been successfully completed.
We encourage you to respond to the letter that was sent to you by OQLF as quickly as possible to indicate the chosen option and, as the case may be, complete your examination process before the end of the transition period.
- New candidates
As of January 2019, new candidates from whom OQLF receives a registration form will be invited to take the new examination.
They will be invited in groups of four according to a new schedule (examinations will not take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the transition period). The groups will consist of individuals wishing to become members of the same professional order. Candidates who fail will have to retake the entire examination.
Please check the new examination dates in the calendar and consult OQLF’s detailed guide of the French examination. Both documents (in French only) are available on OQLF’s website at the following addresses: