Application to the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination

Application for the DSCKE involves two steps:

1. Application and submission of required documents 

You must download the DSCKE Application Form, Confirmation of Degree Completion Form, and Self-Assessment Checklist for your specialty from the NDEB website. The application form and required documentation must be sent by mail or courier and must be received by the NDEB office before the application deadline date.


The following checklists are guides to assist you in evaluating your suitability for admission into a DSATP and must be submitted with the application form. For detailed information on Canadian specialty programs, consult the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada website.

Self-evaluation checklists

Dental Public Health Orthodontics
Endodontics Pediatric Dentistry
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Periodontics
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Prosthodontics
Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology  

2. Credential verification

All required documents are subject to the NDEB’s credential verification process. This process takes about six weeks from the time all required documents are received.

When all of the required documents are accepted, you will receive an email indicating that they have been approved and you will be eligible to register for the DSCKE.

If you are unable to submit the required documents due to circumstances beyond your control you may use the NDEB Alternative Documentation Submission process.

Incomplete applications

When a document does not meet the requirements for credential verification you will receive notification by email. The email will outline what you need to do to complete the application.

When documents are submitted incorrectly, credential verification can take an additional six weeks from the time the correct documentation is received. Review the guidelines for Required Documents carefully to make sure your documents meet the necessary criteria.

The NDEB’s credential verification process and document requirements are established using best practice and research into documents issued internationally. The NDEB monitors the circumstances in all countries to maintain reasonable documentation standards.

Required Documents

The following lists outline the documents required by each applicant. Specific information for each document can be found in the Guidelines for Required Documents included with the application form.

Documents to be sent from the university to the NDEB:

  • Confirmation of Degree Completion Form from the university that awarded your specialty diploma
  • Academic Record for both your dental and dental specialty programs

Documents sent by you to the NDEB:

  • Two identical unmounted photographs
  • Application and Examination Fees made to the order of NDEB (Canadian funds only)
  • Self-Evaluation Checklist for the applicant’s specialty
  • Proof of name change/difference in name, if applicable
  • Translation of Proof of name change/difference in name, if applicaple
  • Dental diploma/degree
  • Translation of dental diploma/degree, if applicable
  • Internship Completion Certificate, if applicable
  • Translation of Internship Completion Certificate, if applicable
  • Translation of academic record for dental and dental specialty programs, if applicable
  • Dental Specialty diploma/degree
  • Translation of Dental Specialty diploma/degree, if applicable

Understanding the required documents

Delays in credential verification can be avoided by ensuring each of the required documents meets the criteria outlined in the Guidelines for Required Documents. 

The NDEB will look for the following criteria when reviewing notarized documents and original certified translations:


  • The notarized photocopy bears the original seal and signature of a Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths, or Officer of a Canadian Consulate or Embassy.
  • The photocopy has been compared to the original by the individual who has signed and sealed the document.
  • The seal/notary statement states the document is a true copy of the original document as seen by the individual who has notarized the document.
  • The original seal displays the credentials of the individual in English or French.


  • Must be done by a certified translator, and bear the original seal and signature of the certified translator.
  • Must be secured by the certified translator to a photocopy of the document in the original language.
  • The certified translator must place their seal on all pages of the document.
  • Original seals must display the credentials of the certified translator in English or French.

A translation attested by a school official such as a Dean or Registrar, or a notarized photocopy of a translation is not acceptable.

For a list of certified translators in Canada please visit

If you are outside of Canada and are unsure if your translations will meet the criteria listed above, email and include the credentials of the translator in question. The NDEB will respond to your email within two weeks.  

Examination Registration

Approved applicants can register for the DSCKE. To register, you must complete the DSCKE Registration Form, or submit a written request.

The Registration Form and examination fee must be received by the NDEB office by the registration deadline date. 

Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Programs

Graduates of non-accredited dental specialty programs who are interested in becoming licensed specialists in Canada can apply to take the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE). The DSCKE is used by Canadian faculties of dentistry as part of the admission process for entry into Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Programs (DSATPs). Due to space limitations, there is very limited space available in the DSATPs.

Contact information for DSATP programs can be found in the Reference Materials and Resources section of the website.