Certification and licensure in Canada

There are two pathways to certification as a general dentist in Canada for graduates of non-accredited general dentistry programs:

  • successful completion of an accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Program
  • successful completion of the NDEB Equivalency Process

Qualifying or Degree Completion Programs

Accredited Qualifying and Degree Completion Programs are offered by Faculties of Dentistry in Canada. These programs are designed to familiarize international graduates to dentistry and dental practice in Canada. Upon successful completion of a Qualifying or Degree Completion Program individuals are eligible to participate in the NDEB Certification Process.

NDEB Equivalency Process

The NDEB Equivalency Process includes three assessments. Successful completion of the assessments allows individuals to participate in the NDEB Certification Process. 

Canadian Faculties of Dentistry also use results of select assessments in their admission process for Qualifying and Degree Completion Programs. Results of the assessments are automatically sent to Canadian Faculties of Dentistry that offer Qualifying and Degree Completion Programs. You can also request a transcript of your assessment marks be sent to a specific institution through the “other services” tab of your online profile.

Registration as a dentist in New Zealand

The NDEB and the Dental Council - New Zealand have an agreement that enables participants who have successfully completed the Equivalency Process to apply for registration as a dentist in New Zealand. 

Visit Information on registering as an oral health practitioner in New Zealand for more information.

NDEB Certification does not guarantee licensure

Dental Regulatory Authorities (DRAs) may require additional documentation, jurisprudence tests, and evidence of language proficiency prior to licensure.