Guidelines for Candidates
As per the Denturists Profession Regulation, the College of Alberta Denturists must approve a registration examination that is one of the requirements leading to registration with the College. To enact this, the College has opted to administer a provincial registration examination. The examination process is in two parts: the multiple choice question (MCQ) examination and the Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Hereinafter will be known collectively as the “Examination”.
An individual is eligible to apply for the Denturist Registration Examination, once they have reasonable expectation that they will graduate or have graduated from an entry-to-practice program approved by the College or has been permitted to apply by virtue of provisional registration or direction of the Registrar or Registration Committee.
A solid and legally defensible registration examination has many processes and requirements and is best overseen by a psychometrician. For this purpose, the College has contracted the services of a psychometric firm, with considerable experience in the field of denturism. The psychometric services rendered lead to the policy and processes use to develop the examination questions; exam construction; setting the minimum pass score for the examination’s components; determining when a candidate has aptly demonstrated within the examination process if they are successful or unsuccessful; and ongoing quality assurance with the examination questions and content. In addition to psychometric services required, an OSCE creates a layer of complexity that requires expertise and resources not common to a College. As a result, the College has also contracted the University of Alberta Health Sciences Education and Research Commons to manage the OSCE components and ensure a fair and transparent process for exam candidates.
Notification of the examination, the registration form and the invoice of examination fee(s) will be available on the website, eight weeks prior to the examination and must be completed with payment received in full prior to the cut off date. For the June 2019 exam, all registrations must be completed by April 10, 2019.
A candidate’s examination results will be available to them approximately eight weeks following the examination sitting.
If a candidate is successful on both parts of the examination, the candidate:
- must contact the Registrar of the College to ensure appropriate registration with the College prior to the commencement of work in Alberta as a denturist
If a candidate is unsuccessful on one or both parts of the examination, the candidate:
- must contact the Registrar of the College to inform them of their result to ensure appropriate registration with the College going forward;
- will receive examination performance feedback showing areas (related to the exam blueprint) in which they were deficient in; and
- may challenge the examination component(s) (i.e., MCQ, OSCE) in which they were not successful at the examination’s next sitting.
An examination candidate has the right to appeal the result of their examination. To do so, the candidate must lodge a formal appeal with the College (along with any applicable fees) within 14 days of the release of the examination results. The College will work to ensure that the appeal is considered and processed in an expeditious and fair manner.