Non Accredited

Application to the NDEB Equivalency Process

Credential verification process update

As you may be aware, the NDEB’s credential verification process and required documents are established using best practice and research. As a result, revised required documents for application to the NDEB Equivalency Process will be available on the NDEB website and online registration portal at the beginning of 2015. The new required documents will be effective as of the date posted.

Application to the NDEB Equivalency Process involves 3 steps:

  1. Creation of an online profile
  2. Submission of required documents
  3. Document verification

Creating an online profile

Graduates of eligible non-accredited dental programs can apply for the NDEB Equivalency Process through the NDEB online application portal. The application fee is $800.00 Cdn and is payable online at the time of submission.

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The following documents are designed to assist applicants in creating their online profile:

Submission of required documents

After creating an online profile, applicants must submit a series of required documents.  The Guidelines for Required Documents and the Confirmation of Degree Completion form are available on the dashboard of the applicant’s online profile.

The NDEB recommends that all required documents are submitted a minimum of 12 weeks prior to the registration deadline date for the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK).

Applicants who are unable to submit the required documents due to circumstances beyond their control (e.g. war, refugee status) may use the NDEB Alternative Documentation Submission process.

Understanding the required documents

To avoid delays in verification, it is important that 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:


  • the notarized photocopy bears the original seal and signature of a Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths, or Officer of a Canadian Consulate or Embassy
  • the photocopy has been compared to the original by the individual who has signed and sealed the document
  • the seal/notary statement states the document is a true copy of the original document seen by the individual who has notarized the document
  • the original seal display the credentials of the individual in English or French

Original certified translation:

  • the translation has been completed by a certified translator who has been evaluated by a translation authority and holds a license, issued by government recognized translation association, to perform legal translations.
  • the translation bears the original seal and signature of the certified translator
  • the seal displays the credentials of the translator in English or French.
  • the translation has been secured by the translator to a copy of the document in the original language and the translator has signed and sealed each page

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 in a timely manner.

Document Verification

All required documents are subject to the NDEB’s credential verification process.  This process takes approximately 12 weeks from the receipt of all required documents.

As documents are moved through the credential verification process, the status of each document is updated in the applicant’s online profile.  When all of the required documents are accepted, the applicant will receive an email indicating that they have been approved and are eligible to register for the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK). 

Applicants can view the status of their documents by logging on to their online profile.

Incomplete Applications

When documents are missing or a document does not meet the requirements for credential verification the applicant will receive notification by email. The email will outline what is needed to complete the application.

When documents are submitted incorrectly credential verification can take an additional 12 weeks from the time the correct documentation is received.  Review the Guidelines for Required Documents carefully to ensure documents meet the necessary criteria.

The NDEB credential verification process and document requirements are established using best practice and research. The NDEB monitors the circumstances in all countries to maintain reasonable documentation standards.