For Dentists/Specialists from programs outside Canada
The practice of dentistry is regulated in Canada. In order to practise the profession or use the title of dentist or dental surgeon, you must be licensed as a member with one of the provincial/territorial regulatory bodies.
The Association of Prosthodontists of Canada does not determine or assess credentials, nor does it administer examinations for licensure. The provincial and territorial bodies set the standards for entry into the profession of dentistry and for issuing licenses to those who meet the established standards of qualifications and practice. Once you know where you will settle and work, you should contact the appropriate provincial or territorial regulatory body for information on licensing procedures in that area.(please see links below)
Many jurisdictions (provincial dental regulatory authorities) require successful completion of the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) for licensure as a Specialist.
- Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC)
- 180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2003
- Toronto ON M5G 1Z8 Canada
- Phone : 416-512-6571
- Fax : 416-512-6468
- Email : email@example.com
For Internationally Trained Dental Specialists who graduated from a non-accredited dental specialist program and intend become eligible for the National Dental Specialty Examination, the first step is to apply to the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) for the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE) and the Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP). Reciprocal agreements for dental specialties programs currently exist with no countries other than the USA.
Foreign-trained dentists, regardless of education, licensure, or experience, must obtain a Canadian licence to practise dentistry in Canada. Those who wish to obtain further information about qualifying programs and the Eligibility Examination for enrolling in them should contact the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD):
- Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD)
- #350, 2194 Health Sciences Mall
- Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 Canada
- Phone : (604) 827-1083
- Fax : (604) 822-4532
- Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
All provincial and territorial regulatory bodies recognize the certificate of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) for licensure as a GENERAL dentist (non-specialist). In order to write the NDEB exam, an individual must be a graduate of an accredited program in Canada, the United States of America (USA), New Zealand, Australia or Ireland.
Graduates of general dental programs outside of Canada, USA, NZ, AUS and Ireland must take a two-year qualifying program at an accredited university. (https://ndeb-bned.ca/en/accredited)
For more information on the NDEB exams and certificates, you may contact:
- National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB)
- 80 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor
- Ottawa ON K1P 6R2 Canada
- Phone : 613-236-5912
- Fax : 613-236-8386
- Email : email@example.com
Note that NDEB Certification does not guarantee licensure to practice.
Licenses to practice are granted only by the provincial regulatory authorities.
Once you know where you will settle and work, you should contact the appropriate provincial or territorial regulatory body for information on licensing procedures in that area.
There is more detailed information on assessment of international qualifications at the following 3 websites:
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD)
Royal College of Dentists of Canada