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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 as an OAP course provider, 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.

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. The documents or document examples necessary to apply to become a course provider are included in the course materials. Once approved, you may begin to train your dental auxiliaries.

The CAO Orthodontic Assistant Permit course teaching modules include didactic and clinical support materials for 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 to receive an orthodontic assistant permit and gives them the ability to perform expanded duties within the office.

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 course materials.

Getting Started

Once you purchase the program and register assistants to be trained, 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.

If you wish to train additional assistants in the future, you simply register the assistants on the program purchase page, using the option “I already purchased the program, I just need to train new assistants.”

How Assistants Get Permitted

Once the course completion form (sample certificate included in course materials), the Dental Board OAP written final examination and the permit application are successfully completed and submitted with required payment, the Dental Board of California will grant the applicant an Orthodontic Assistant Permit.

Learn more about dental board requirements to become an OAP course provider here>>

Learn more about dental board requirements to receive an orthodontic assistant permit here>>

Check out the table of allowable duties for orthodontic assistants here>>

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