Who can take the NDSE?

Individuals who are within the final six months of an accredited dental specialty program or individuals who have completed an accredited specialty program or dental specialty assessment and training program are eligible to take the NDSE.

What is the NDSE?

Individuals wishing to pursue licensure as a specialist in Canada, must pass the NDSE in their specialty. The NDSE is a one-day examination, administered once a year. Successful completion of the NDSE will allow an individual to obtain licensure as a specialist anywhere in Canada.

Select a specialty from the list below, for details regarding the NDSE.





How to prepare for the NDSE

The NDSE Protocol contains all the information examinees are required to know about writing the NDSE including:

  • schedule and check-in information
  • examination regulations
  • test Accommodations
  • appeals
  • sample questions by specialty

Examinees should read the Protocol carefully well in advance of the examination.

Download the 2020 NDSE Protocol.

Specific preparation material for each specialty examination can be found by visiting the specialty specific page using the links above.