Internationally Trained Dentist Registration Requirement: National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) Certificate
Regardless of education, licensure or experience, internationally trained dentists who wish to practice dentistry in British Columbia must be registered with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. Before applying for registration, dentists must first earn the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Certificate.
The following information is provided as a brief summary of the process. Full details are available at www.ndeb.ca
Graduates of Accredited Dental Programs
- accredited dental programs in Canada, the United States, Australia (on or after March 31, 2010), New Zealand (on or after December 14, 2011), and Ireland (on or after December 5, 2012);
- accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Programs; or
- those who have successfully completed the NDEB Equivalency Process*
are required to successfully complete the NDEB Written Examination
and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
for certification as a general dentist in Canada.
Graduates of Non-Accredited Dental Programs
Graduates of non-accredited dental programs must successfully complete an accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Program
OR the NDEB Equivalency Process
* before being eligible to take the NDEB's written and clinical examinations.
*The NDEB Equivalency Process provides an alternate route to certification as a dentist in Canada for graduates of non-accredited dental programs. It is also integrated with the admission process for the Qualifying/Degree Completion Programs. The NDEB Equivalency Process is comprised of three assessments. Successful completion of the assessments allows individuals to apply to take the NDEB Written and OSCE Examinations. The Canadian Faculties of Dentistry will also use results of select assessments in the admission process for Qualifying/Degree Completion Programs.
If you are an internationally trained dentist looking for space to practice your skills in preparation for the NDEB clinical exams, the BCDA Learning Centre
offers dental chair rentals (including the use of Darwin Manikins) in a dental clinic environment similar to the NDEB clinical exam setting.