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Graduates of Non-Accredited Dental Programs

Entry-to-Practice:  Graduates of Non-Accredited Dental Programs

Equivalency Process:

Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK™)

Assessment of Clinical Judgement (ACJ)


Certification Process:


NDEB Certification

Provincial Licensure

In Canada, accreditation is determined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). A dental program that is not recognized by the CDAC is considered to be non-accredited. The NDEB defines a non-accredited dental program as a dental degree program from a university that is authorized by the government of the country it is located in to award degrees.

Individuals who hold a DDS/DMD/BDS from a non-accredited program must follow one of two pathways:

Option 1

The NDEB Equivalency Process

The NDEB Equivalency Process includes three examinations. Successful completion of the examinations allows individuals to move on to the next step, the NDEB Certification Process.

Option 2

An accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Program

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.

Registration as a dentist in New Zealand

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

Visit I Want to Practice in New Zealand for more information.