Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates.
To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada's (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.
The written examination consists of two 2.5-hour examination papers. Each examination paper contains 150 multiple-choice type items. The examination tests foundation science knowledge and applied clinical science knowledge and judgment.
For the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), clinical judgment and problem-solving skills are tested in a case-based examination. Patient data is presented in timed stations with extended match-type questions. Candidates may also be required to review patient information and write an acceptable prescription for a medication commonly prescribed by general dentists in Canada.
Your Pathway to Certification
Create an online application through the NDEB portal.
- Registration for the Examinations
Register for available examinations through your online profile.
- Proof of Graduation
Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.
When you have passed both examinations and proof of graduation is received, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
- Provincial Licensure
Requests for licensure are made through the provincial dental regulatory authorities.