National Dental Examining Board of Canada


We advise all prospective students to review accreditation requirements in detail.

Your initial application for assessment, including document verification, can be submitted to the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) before returning home from the UK.

Candidates from the UK are considered to be “internationally trained” and must follow specific steps to be licensed.

The assessment of your skills, involving three separate assessments, are most often done in Canada.

The NDEB recently conducted the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge test in Great Britain and is considering whether to offer it in the UK. Be sure to verify potential test locations with the NDEB.

General Dental Practitioner Licence

Before applying to the provincial/territorial dental regulator for registration, certification by the NDEB is mandatory.

If you intend to work in Quebec, you have three years to meet the mandatory language requirement for proficiency in French.

If you have not completed an approved program to practise as a dentist in Canada, you must successfully complete the NDEB Equivalency Process or a full-time, two-year qualifying program.

The above two paths are the only means by which you can become eligible to take the final NDEB written and clinical exams.

Prior to applying for the NDEB Equivalency Process, it is recommended that you take the NDEB developed self-assessment tool consisting of 100 multiple choice questions to help test your ability to successfully complete the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge.

The NDEB assessment process comprises three assessments in addition to the application and document verification processes:

  1. Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (written exams, one day);
  2. Assessment of Clinical Skills (performed on mannequins, two days); and
  3. Assessment of Clinical Judgment (three exams, one day).

Successfully completing all three steps enables applicants to write the NDEB exams.

Candidates who successfully complete only the first step but are not successful on the second and/or third step can apply for a qualifying program or for a degree completion program at a Canadian or American university, which are generally two years in length.

Successful completion of the two-year qualifying program permits you to write the NDEB exams.

After you pass the NDEB exams, you may apply to the provincial/territorial dental regulator for a licence (there may be additional requirements).

Provincial/Territorial Regulatory Dental Authorities