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HARP1 Course Description

This certification course provides students the opportunity to complete the educational requirements set out in the HARP Act to allow for the successful application of radiation in dentistry. Students will gain in-depth understanding of the theory and application of radiation in dentistry. 

Topics to be covered address:

  • Properties of radiation
  • Interactions of radiation
  • Biological effects of radiation
  • Background radiation
  • Measurement of radiation
  • Production and characteristics of x-rays
  • Relationship between technical factors that affect image quality and dose
  • Radiation protection legislation, control of radiation hazards, and quality control. 

Pre-requisites: Minimum 1 Year Chairside Experience OR Internationally Trained Dentist with Relevant Proof of Licensing (W.E.S, IQAS or Equivalent Confirmation Required)

Practical Location: Guelph, ON

Theory Start Date: Immediately! As Soon As You Register.

Course Instructor: Kelly Waterhouse (Level II Dental Assistant, Office Manager)

Learning Outcomes



Explain ALARA and how best to apply the principle in any radiation-prone setting



Apply appropriate radiographic mounting techniques



 Explain the various roles and duties of team members as it relates to dental radiography



Explain dental image production



Apply appropriate radiographic mounting techniques



Demonstrate competency and safety with radiographic techniques considering exposure, radiographic faults and client management requirements



Explain the basic principles of radiation, generation of x-radiation, biological effects of radiation exposure, and risks


What if I miss an exam?

If you miss an exam, you will have to reschedule it and there will be a $300 administrative fee associated with this.

Where do exams take place?

There are 2 exams for the course. There is a theory exam, and a practical exam.

The theory exams will take place online in the virtual presence of your instructor or a dedicated proctor, who will proctor the exam.

The practical exam will take place during your 2 day practical session in Guelph. Be prepared for both!

How much does it cost?

The course is $1995 per student, plus tax. This includes all lessons, tests, exams and access to your instructor via the discussion board. There will be an additional cost for the textbook being used. You will receive instructions on how to purchase the textbook after registering for the course.

How long does the course take to complete?

The theory portion of the course is self-paced, and totals 62.5 hours of learning time including lectures, assignments, quizzes, tests, and a 3-hour exam.

Upon completion of your first exam, you will then proceed to complete a 2-day (one weekend) practical portion.

Depending on how quickly and thoroughly you can complete the theory and schedule your practical, we estimate 3 weeks at the earliest. It’s up to you how quickly you would like to complete the course.

Are you an accredited college?

DDSMasters and its HARP1 Dental Radiography HARP Approved course are not registered under the Ontario Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 as it is a non-vocational course. However, we do have ministry approval to offer a HARP approved course.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

The DDSMasters HARP1 Dental Radiography HARP Approved Course is offered to those individuals serious about being able to administer X-Rays in a dental setting. Individuals are asked to carefully consider registering for the course before making the commitment. It is a high quality course that allows you to receive your certification in the least amount of time and with the most flexibility. However, we do expect full commitment after registering.

For this reason, there are no refunds if you decide to cancel or leave the course part way through.

How do I book my practical sessions?

Please see the following steps to ensure you know how to secure your practical session:

  1. Submit application form
    1. In the application form, you will select your top 2 practical weekend options
  2. Once you are approved for the course, you will complete registration and pay the fees
  3. Upon completing the registration, you will receive a series of emails that will help orient you to the course, and will also provide you with a confirmation of the practical weekend you have been assigned


IMPORTANT: You MUST complete the theory portion of the course and the theory exam before your scheduled practical weekend. Failure to do so will result in a $500 administrative fee to reschedule you to a different practical session. Also note that by missing your assigned practical session, you risk having to wait until the following year for the next available practical dates.

What are the available practical dates for the upcoming cohort?

The upcoming cohort has the following available practical weekends:

  • April 13 & 14 – FULL
  • April 20 & 21 – AVAILABLE
  • May 18 & 19 – AVAILABLE
  • May 25 & 26 – AVAILABLE
  • June 8 & 9 – AVAILABLE
  • June 22 & 23 – AVAILABLE
  • July 13 & 14 – AVAILABLE
  • July 20 & 21 – AVAILABLE
  • July 27 & 28 – AVAILABLE

When do classes start?

You will receive access to the course content starting August 1, 2023.

Will I be able to administer X-Rays at the end of this course?

Yes. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course. You will be able to administer X-rays in your dental office right away.

Where do your students mostly come from?

Our students come from all over Ontario, including:

  • Toronto
  • Brampton
  • Mississauga
  • Markham
  • North York
  • Timmins
  • Thunder Bay
  • Guelph
  • Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Fergus
  • Windsor
  • London
  • Espanola
  • Breslau
  • Hamilton
  • Oshawa
  • Much More!


Apply Now


Apply by clicking on the link below and filling out a form.

Application Review

Your application will be reviewed by our admissions team.

Complete Enrolment

Once approved, you will receive a link to complete your registration online including payment for the course.

$ 1995 plus HST
Phase 1 - Self Paced Theory (62.5 hrs)
Phase 2 - Intensive Practical Weekend (16 hrs)
HARP Approved Course
4 Tests
2 Exams

Practical Dates

June 8 & 9 FULL 100%
June 22 & 23 FULL 100%
July 13 & 14 AVAILABLE 55%
July 20 & 21 AVAILABLE 35%
July 27 & 28 AVAILABLE 20%
August 3 & 4 AVAILABLE 20%
August 10 & 11 AVAILABLE 20%
August 24 & 25 AVAILABLE 20%

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