NDEB Certification

Obtaining NDEB certification means that an individual has demonstrated that they meet the competencies required of a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

Individuals certified in 2020

Graduates of Canadian DDS programs 577
Graduates of accredited programs in the US, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia 272
Individuals who successfully completed the Equivalency Process 246
Total certified 1095

Historical certification information

Graduates of Canadian DDS programs

Graduates of accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion programs

Graduates of accredited programs in the US, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia

Individuals who successfully completed the Equivalency Process

Total certified

2019 553** - 278 263 1094
2018 491 68 263 320 1143

2017

483 75 235 307 1101
2016 462 83 212 251 1008

2015

442

83

241

259

1025

2014

443

87

215

25*

770

2013

448

80

175

122

825

2012

427

85

174

122

808

2011

444

79

161

36

720

2010

458

63

143

0

664

* Does not include 256 candidates who passed the November examinations and were certified in Jan 2016.

** Includes graduates of Canadian accredited degree completion programs.

Certification Process

  Written Examination OSCE
  # of candidates % pass # of candidates % pass
2021* 724 84 715 77
2020 991 86 938 94
2019 1295 87 1231 94
2018 1373 84 1279 93
2017 1363 88 1295 97

As of 2018, pass rates are reported based on the original number of test takers and do not include upheld appeals.

* March 2021 examinations only.

National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE)

NDSE Certification-2020

Dental public health  2
Endodontics 22
Oral medicine 2
Oral and maxillofacial radiology 1
Oral and maxillofacial surgery 17
Orthodontics 39
Pediatric Dentistry 22
Periodontics 11
Prosthodontics  10
Total certified 126

*As of May 4, 2021

NDSE Certified by Stream-2020
Graduates of Canadian programs 70
Graduates of US programs 48
Individuals who have completed a Dental
Specialty Assessment and Training Program
(DSATP)
8
Total certified 126

Summary of historical pass rates for the National Dental Specialty Examination

  # of candidates % pass
2020 142 89

Equivalency Process

  AFK ACJ ACS
  # of participants % pass # of participants % pass # of participants % pass
2020 744 44 698 48 - -
2019 1684 45 978 37 783 34
2018 1585 49 943 44 693 36
2017 1384 46 836 34 812 39

As of 2018, pass rates are reported based on the original number of test takers and do not include upheld appeals.

Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK)

  # of participants % pass
2020 744 44
2019 1684 45
2018 1585 49
2017 1384 46
2016 1238 51
2015 1498 50
2014 1277 48
2013 1187 42
2012 1125 36
2011 821

44

Assessment of Clinical Judgement (ACJ)

  # of particpants % pass
2020 698 48
2019 978 37
2018 943 44
2017 836 34
2016 754 75
2015 899 60
2014 652 70
2013 493 59
2012 373 65
2011 289 50

Assessment of Clinical Skills (ACS)

  # of participants % pass
2019 783 34
2018 693 36
2017 812 39
2016 732 37
2015 718 36
2014 709 40
2013 483 30
2012 359 36
2011 266 36

DSCKE

Summary of historical results for the DSCKE

 

  Range in % Mean Score in %
Sept 2015 65 - 86 67.91
Feb 2016 52 - 91 78.85
Sept 2016 64 - 95 80.5
Feb 2017 51 - 92 82.62
Sept 2017 69 - 89 81.78
Feb 2018 66-90 77.8

Sept 2018

52 - 93 77.90
Feb 2019 71 - 82 75.76
Sept 2019 77-92 83
Feb 2020 60-91 82
Feb 2021 70-94 85

Distribution of DSCKE Participants Annually

Specialty 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020*
Endodontics 4 4 0 2 3
Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology 1 0 0 1 0
Oral Radiology 1 0 1 2 1
Oral Surgery 2 2 2 1 0
Orthodontics 12 6 9 3 4
Pediatrics 2 2 0 2 2
Periodontics 3 1 1 2 1
Prosthodontics 0 2 2 3 2
Dental Public Health 0 0 0 0 0
Total 26 17 15 16 13

*Feb 2020 only