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The Role of the NDECC in Determining Competence of Dentists Trained in Non-Accredited Programs

The role of the NDEB is to determine that all dentists who obtain an NDEB certificate have demonstrated minimal competence in the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a beginning dental practitioner in Canada. These competencies are assessed longitudinally through accredited dental programs and evaluated through the NDEB certification examination. As there are vast differences in dental education around the world, individuals who have graduated from non-accredited dental programs must demonstrate these competencies through a series of examinations. Dentists who received their education through a non-accredited dental program have the choice to either enroll in an accredited degree completion program or complete the NDEB Equivalency Process before they can take the certification examination.

In 2022, the Equivalency Process saw some significant changes. One of which was the introduction of the NDECC. The NDECC is the last of three examinations these graduates must take prior to the certification examination. The purpose of the NDECC is to ensure that dentists, trained in non-accredited programs, possess the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities required for safe and effective dental practice in Canada. It evaluates candidates’ ability to diagnose, plan, and execute dental treatments while assessing their communication skills and professionalism in a clinical setting.

If you would like to learn more about the NDECC such as what clinical skills are tested or what is considered minimally competent, you can find information and resources on our NDECC web page.

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