To participate in the Assessment of Clinical Skills (ACS), you must have passed the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK).

Log on to your online profile to register for an assessment.

Format and Content

The ACS is a two-day assessment during which you perform twelve (12) dental procedures on simulated patients (manikins) in a clinical setting.

ACS Protocol and Orientation

The Assessment of Clinical Skills (ACS) Protocol contains important information regarding the ACS. This document should be read carefully. In the event of any inconsistencies between documents or errors in translation between the English and French versions, the information found in the English ACS Protocol will prevail. 

Download the 2020 ACS Protocol in PDF format.


The NDEB has created a short orientation video for the ACS. This video should be watched by any participant registered to take the ACS. 

ACS Locations

Handpiece Connections

Each ACS location may have different handpiece connections. The handpiece connections document provides images and descriptions of the handpiece connections at Canadian Faculties of Dentistry.


The ACS is administered at Faculties of Dentistry in Canada and in New Zealand. Although the clinics use standard dental equipment, each of the dental clinics are different and may use slightly different equipment.

The NDEB is aware that some Faculties of Dentistry offer clinic orientation sessions through their Continuing Education Departments. You must contact the Faculties directly to inquire if they are offering an orientation session. Contact information can be found under the Reference Material and Resources section. The NDEB does not endorse or recommend any program for the purpose of preparing participants for NDEB examinations or assessments.

Passing Standard

The restorative and endodontic requirements are graded using the four point grading system illustrated in the ACS Protocol.

You can take the ACS a maximum of three times.

Viewing ACS Typodonts

Effective January 23, 2020

Book a viewing time

If you have taken the Assessment of Clinical Skills (ACS) and have failed, you are eligible to view your typodonts in person. Typodont viewings are optional. The purpose of the typodont viewing is to offer you the chance to review your work to prepare your submission for an appeal of results. 

Bookings will open once the results are released. Go to BOOK NOW to book your appointment. Appointment times are available weekly, from Tuesday to Thursday.

Appointments are booked on a first come first served basis. A non-refundable Typodont Viewing fee of $100.00CAD will be charged for each booking. When booking, you must use the email address provided on your NDEB online profile and include your NDEB ID number.

Your booking(s) will be cancelled and no refund will be given if:

  • an invalid NDEB ID number is entered in the online scheduler
  • the name of a current Equivalency Process participant is appointed as a representative or a guest
  • multiple appointments are made

Booking Policy

Only one appointment per participant is permitted. Appointment times are available for 10 weeks from the date the results are released. Only participants who received a failing grade can schedule an appointment to view their typodonts. 

One person may accompany you during your appointment. A guest cannot be a current NDEB Equivalency Process participant.

If you are unable to come to the NDEB office to view your typodonts, you may send one representative in your place. A representative cannot be a current NDEB Equivalency Process participant.

If there is a change in the name of the person that will be accompanying you or a change to your representative, you must notify our office by email at no later than five business days prior to the appointment date.

The NDEB office is in a secure building; therefore, no unauthorized persons will be permitted in the building. Government issued photo identification must be presented upon entering the building. The name appearing on the identification must match our records. No children are permitted to attend viewings.

Late arrivals may not be admitted and will not receive additional time. 


If you need to cancel your appointment, you must cancel through the online scheduler. Once your appointment is cancelled, you can schedule a new appointment. Each time you book an appointment, you will be charged the ACS Typodont Viewing fee. The typodont viewing fee is non-refundable.

Prior to your appointment

About five days before your appointment, you will receive an email providing you with an electronic copy of the following documents:

  • Participant Identification Card
  • Time Delay Forms
  • Invigilator Notes
  • Infection Control Grading Form
  • Record of Procedure Requirement
  • Dental Dam Grading Form
  • Notification Cards
  • Photographs of the evaluation session, if applicable

During your appointment

Appointments are normally 1.5 hours long. At the beginning of the appointment, an NDEB staff person will provide you with detailed instructions on what you can bring into the viewing room. All personal belongings must be placed in designated area and cannot be accessed during your viewing.

You will be provided with:

An electronic copy of the documents previously emailed to you
A plastic perioprobe
A light
Paper to take notes
Pens or pencils
The ACS Protocol

During your appointment you are permitted to take notes. You are permitted to bring loops but cannot have a light attached to the glasses. You are not permitted to:

  • Take photographs
  • Take videos/film
  • Remove teeth from the typodonts
  • Have metal instruments
  • Take impressions
  • Use dental floss
  • Use articulating paper
  • Use putty
  • Excessively rubbing or blowing on the typodonts
  • Use of sandpaper (your hands will be checked before the viewing starts)

Staff will not respond to assessment related questions. The NDEB reserves the right to video record all typodont viewings.

Food and drink are not permitted in the viewing room. If you require a break during the viewing, notify the NDEB staff person.

At the beginning of your appointment, you or your representative will be required to sign a form, confirming that you have read and understand these NDEB policies.


For more information on the appeals process, visit the Appeals section of our website.