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Dentist Registration Requirements and Forms

There are 12 classes of registration for dentists. You can click on the class category below for a description of the category, general registration requirements, registration conditions (if any), and application registration package.


Full Registration 

Category description

This registration category is for dentists who will be practising as a general dentist/practitioner.

General registration requirements

  • a degree or equivalent qualification from an accredited general dentistry program or equivalent general dentistry program
  • successful completion of the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) written and clinical examinations

Registration conditions

  • None

Application package

Full Registration

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope and must be dated within one month of the date your application is received by CDSBC. 

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Certified Specialist 

Category description

This registration category is for dentists who hold Full Registration (see above), and who are now eligible for certification as a certified specialist as they have met the general registration requirements (see below).

General registration requirements

  • meet Full Registration eligibility requirements; PLUS
  • a degree or equivalent qualification in a recognized specialty from an accredited specialty program or equivalent specialty program; and
  • successful completion of the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE)

Recognized specialties in B.C.

  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Medicine
  • Oral Pathology
  • Oral Medicine and Pathology
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

For more information visit Definitions of Dental Specialties

Registration conditions

  • None

Application package

Certified Specialist

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope and must be dated within one month of the date your application is received by CDSBC. 

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Restricted to Specialty Registration 

Category description

This registration category is for dentists who do not qualify for Certified Specialist Registration because they do not hold full registration with CDSBC. A "Restricted to Specialty" registrant's practice is restricted to their area of specialty.

General registration requirements

Registration conditions

  • may only perform restricted activities included in the scope of practise for applicable specialty

Application package

Restricted to Specialty

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope and must be dated within one month of the date your application is received by CDSBC. 

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Academic (including Academic Specialist) 

Category description

This registration category is for dentists who are employed full-time by the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Faculty of Dentistry, or another approved post-secondary educational institution, as a full, associate or assistant professor.

General registration requirements

  • a degree or equivalent qualification in dentistry from an accredited post-secondary educational institution;
  • must hold, or have been appointed to hold, a full-time position as a full professor, associate professor, or assistant professor of dentistry at UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry, or as a faculty of another post-secondary educational institution approved by the Registration Committee.

Registration conditions     

  • may only practise dentistry during the term appointed to a position in a setting operated by, or affiliated with, UBC or other approved post-secondary educational institution
  • may only practise dentistry for the purposes described above and must not practise dentistry in any other context or on a fee-for-service basis.
  • only valid while employed by UBC or other approved post-secondary institution. Registration ceases upon termination of the position

Application package

Academic Registration

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope and must be dated within one month of the date your application is received by CDSBC. 

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Limited (Armed Services or Government) 

Category description

This category is available to dentists who are applying solely to practise dentistry while employed by the Canadian Armed Services or the Government of Canada.

General registration requirements

  • a degree or equivalent qualification from an accredited general dentistry program or equivalent general dentistry program;
  • a National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) certificate; or
  • valid and non-restricted registration or licensure (equivalent to full registration) in another Canadian jurisdiction.

Registration conditions

  • does not include prescribing rights.
  • only valid while employed by the Canadian Armed Services or the Government of Canada

Application package

Limited (Armed Services or Government) Registration

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope and must be dated within one month of the date your application is received by CDSBC. 

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Limited (Education) 

Category description

This registration category is for dentists engaged in a clinical presentation, study club, or dental teaching program at, or under the sponsorship of, the UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry or another organization approved by the College’s Registration Committee. This includes the supervision of students, presenting, conducting or engaging in a clinical or didactic presentation, study club, research program, or dental teaching program.

General registration requirements

Registration conditions

  • may only practise dentistry for the purposes described above and must not practise dentistry in any other context or on a fee-for-service basis.
  • does not include prescribing rights, though they may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Application package

Limited (Education) Registration

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope and must be dated within one month of the date your application is received by CDSBC. 

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Limited (Post-graduate) 

Category description

This registration category is available to dentists solely for the purpose of taking or engaging in a course, clinic placement, research program, internship, or residency offered at the post-graduate level by or under the sponsorship of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia (UBC), or another post-secondary institution, hospital, or other institution approved by the Registration Committee.  

General registration requirements

  • a degree or equivalent qualification in dentistry from a post-secondary educational institution;

Registration conditions

  • may only practise dentistry for the purposes described above and must not practise dentistry in any other context or on a fee-for-service basis.
  • may only perform a restricted activity if the registrant is authorized by an educational institution, hospital, or other institution approved by the Registration Committee to provide services of dentistry that include the performance of the restricted activity.
  • does not include prescribing rights, though they may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Application package

Limited (Post-grad) Registration

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope and must be dated within one month of the date your application is received by CDSBC. 

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Limited (Research) 

Category description

This registration category is for dentists who are conducting or engaging in a research program at or under the sponsorship of UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry, or a group or organization approved by the Registration Committee.

General registration requirements

  • a degree or equivalent qualification from a listed (accredited) general dentistry program or equivalent general dentistry program;
  • a National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) certificate

Registration conditions

  • may only practise dentistry for the purposes described above and must not practise dentistry in any other context or on a fee-for-service basis.
  • does not include prescribing rights.

Application package

Limited (Research) Registration

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope.

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Limited (Student Practitioner) 

Category description

This registration category is available to dental students who are enrolled as undergraduates in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) or another post-secondary educational institution approved by the Registration Committee, and are participating in a dental student’s practitioners program also approved by the Registration Committee.

General registration requirements

  • successful completion of or have received credit for the first three years of the undergraduate program of the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC or the equivalent portion of another program as indicated above.

Registration conditions

  • this registration category is available for a period not exceeding four months
    (June-Sept.).
  • may only perform a restricted activity in a dental office or other clinical setting under the direct supervision of a dentist.

Application package

Limited (Student Practitioner) Registration

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Limited (Volunteer) 

Category description

This registration category is for dentists who are providing dentistry strictly as a volunteer and are not practising fee-for-service dentistry (i.e., they are not receiving any financial compensation for volunteering services, other than reimbursement for expenses).

General registration requirements

Registration conditions

  • does not include prescribing rights though they may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Application package

Limited (Volunteer) Registration

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope and must be dated within one month of the date your application is received by CDSBC. 

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Non-Practising 

Category description

This registration category is for dentists who hold, or are eligible to hold, Full Registration or Restricted to Specialty Registration. Non-practising registrants must not practise dentistry, provide any service of dentistry, or delegate, authorize or supervise the provision of any service of dentistry by another person.

General registration requirements

Registration conditions

  • Must not practise dentistry

Application package

Non-Practising Registration     

IMPORTANT: If you have ever practised in another province or country, please contact that provincial or national regulatory body to request a Certificate of Standing for your CDSBC application. The Certificate must be delivered directly to CDBSC from the licensing/regulating body in a sealed envelope and must be dated within one month of the date your application is received by CDSBC.   

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Temporary 

Category description

This registration category is available to dentists for the purpose of taking or presenting a dental course that involves direct contact with patients, conducting or engaging in a clinical presentation or study club involving direct contact with patients at or under the sponsorship of UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry, another post-secondary educational institution, or a dental or other group or organization approved by the Registration Committee.

General registration requirements

  • a degree or equivalent qualification in dentistry from a post-secondary educational institution; 

Registration conditions

  • may be granted for a period not exceeding 14 days and may be granted again to a previous temporary registrant
  • may only practise dentistry for the purpose described above and must not practise dentistry on a fee-for-service basis.

Application package

Temporary registration

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