Graduates of non-accredited dental programs must successfully complete an accredited Qualifying or Degree Completion Program OR the NDEB Equivalency Process prior to being eligible to take the NDEB Written and OSCE Examinations.
NDEB certification does not guarantee licensure. Provincial dental regulatory authorities may have licensure requirements such as jurisprudence and/or language proficiency testing. Please contact the provincial dental regulator authority for further information. Contact information is available here.
NDEB Equivalency Process
The Equivalency Process provides an alternate route to certification as a dentist in Canada for graduates of non-accredited dental programs and is also integrated with the admission process for the Qualifying and Degree Completion Programs. The Equivalency Process is comprised of three Assessments. Successful completion of the Assessments allows individuals to apply to take the NDEB Written and OSCE Examinations. Canadian Faculties of Dentistry will also use results of select Assessments in the admission process for Qualifying and Degree Completion Programs.
The diagram below illustrates the integrated pathways to certification as a dentist in Canada.