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How to Apply

Application to the Equivalency Process involves 3 steps.

Step 1

Download the Required Documents and watch “Tips for submitting the required documents”

Step 2

Create your online profile

Step 3

Submit your required documents

To apply to the NDEB Equivalency Process, follow these simple steps:

Step 1

Download the Required Documents

Download the Required documents and reference resources developed to help with the application process.

This information has been developed to help you submit the correct documents in the required formats the first time. Credential verification can be a long process, submitting documents incorrectly will delay approval of your application.

Step 2

Create Your Profile Online

To create an online profile you will need:

  • a current photograph in JPEG or PNG format
  • access to a desktop or laptop computer
  • a valid credit card

Step 3

Submit All Required Documents

Once you create your online profile, the Required Documents and the Confirmation of Degree Completion Form will be available on your dashboard. Detailed instructions on how to submit your documents are included.

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

What happens next?

Once all of your required documents are received, the credential verification process can start. Credential verification verifies the authenticity of documents, verifies your identity, and confirms you graduated from a recognized dental program.

The credential verification process has multiple stages. When all your documents are received by the NDEB, an initial screening of the basic criteria is done. If, during this process, it is determined something is missing or does not meet the basic criteria, you will receive an email. The documents then go in queue for a comprehensive review. This is done in two stages.

After the second review you will receive an email indicating your application is approved, or that it cannot yet be approved and outline the steps you need to take to complete the application. The length of time it takes for an application to be approved varies and can depend on many factors including if it is considered a precedent file (new school, program, or official, or documentation that differs from what is typically received) and if documents were submitted according to the criteria outlined in the Required Documents.

As documents are moved through the credential verification process, the status of each document is updated in your online profile. When all of the required documents are accepted, you will receive an email indicating that your application has been approved. At this stage you are eligible to register for the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK).

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

You can view the status of your documents by logging on to your online profile.

Frequently Asked Questions

The NDEB cannot provide assistance in obtaining visas or other documents required for travel for the purposes of participating in the examinations. However, the NDEB can provide a confirmation of registration letter upon request. This letter will be sent to the email address on your online profile within two weeks of your request. If an original letter is required, this must be included in your request and will be sent by regular mail.
Yes, you must submit the original documents as indicated in the criteria for required documents. Once credential verification is completed, original documents are returned to the applicant. This may take up to 12 weeks from the time you receive your email notification that verification is complete.