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  

The Application rejection appeal process is available to anyone whose application to be a candidate/participant/DSCKE participant has been rejected.

2. Credential verification

All required documents are subject to the NDEB’s credential verification process. This process takes about eighteen 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 degree
  • Official academic record from all dental and dental specialty programs

Documents sent by you to the NDEB:

  • Completed DSCKE application form
  • Two identical unmounted photographs
  • Application fee made to the order of NDEB (Canadian funds only)
  • Self-Evaluation Checklist for the applicant’s specialty
  • Notarized photocopy of valid government issued photo identification
  • Notarized photocopy of legal name change or original affidavit for the name change if applicable 
  • Original final dental degree
  • Original internship completion certificate, if applicable
  • Original final Dental Specialty degree

If the documents provided are not originally issued in English or French, you must also submit an accurate, word-for word translation of the document

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:


  • notarized photocopies must bear the original seal and signature of a Notary Public or a Commissioner of
  • the Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths must make a photocopy of the original documents and place their stamp or seal on the photocopied document.
    Do not photocopy the document yourself.
  • the seal or notary statement must state that the document is a true copy of the original document seen
    by the Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths who has notarized the document.
  • original seals must display the credentials of the individual in English or French. Translated seals will not
    be accepted.

If you are unable to have documents notarized by a local Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths, whose
credentials are in English or French, you may have documents notarized by an Officer of a Canadian Consulate
or Canadian Embassy.


  • must be done by a certified translator, and bear the original seal and signature of the certified
  • must be secured by the certified translator to a photocopy of the original document that was translated.
    Documents paper clipped together will not be accepted.
  • the certified translator must place their seal and initial or signature on all pages.
  • original seals must display the credentials of the certified translator in English or French. Translated
    seals will not be accepted.

A translation done or attested by a school official, such as a Dean or Registrar, or a notarized photocopy of a
translation will not be accepted.

Certified translator

  • An individual who has been evaluated by a translation authority and holds a licence, issued by a government translation association, to perform legal translations.

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.  

Academic Record

  • An academic record is a record of all courses taken and individual grades obtained from all dental schools or faculties attended throughout all years of the program.
  • An academic record indicates the dates you attended the program.
  • An academic record issued by an affiliated college will not be accepted.

Examination Registration

To register for the DSCKE, download and print the registration form. The completed form should be sent with the examination fee to the NDEB office.

When your registration has been accepted by the NDEB, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to schedule your test with Prometric.

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.