Of all the foreign destinations that a BDS/MDS graduate can look forward to settle as a Dentist , CANADA is perhaps the most popular one right now . The reason for this can be many but the 2 main causes can be :

The well balanced & developed society of Canada .

Dentists being the richest earners in the Country .

So in this series of Articles ” Dentistry in Canada ” We will seeing in detail all the steps needed to migrate to Canada and settle as a dentist after completing BDS or MDS.


The NDEB Canada Conducts Licensing Exams for Dental Students 

The system for NON ACCREDITED STUDENTS ( From Other Countries like INDIA )

There are set of rules for both Credited & Accredited dental graduates . In this article we will be seeing the rules for the students who have received their dental graduation degrees outside Canada.

Overview Rules for the students who have received their dental graduation degrees outside Canada.

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 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

STEP 1 : Go to this link 

Application Process

To participate in the NDEB Equivalency Process, applicants must first complete an online application and pay the application fee. In order for an individual to be approved to register for the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge, all required documents must be received by the Application Deadline Date. A current Required Documents list will be available once the application process opens in early 2014. Applications with an incomplete application will be expected to meet the current requirements.

Applications for the 2014 Equivalency Process is now CLOSED. The application deadline date for the 2014 NDEB Equivalency Process was September 27, 2013. ( Please check the official website links for the Application process for the next year. In case of any doubt always directly inquire the Canadian Embassy )




Graduates of non-accredited dental programs can also successfully complete an accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Program in order to become eligible to participate in the NDEB Written and OSCE Examinations. These programs are especially designed to orient international graduates to dentistry and dental practice in Canada. 

You must contact the universities directly to obtain specific information regarding these programs and admissions procedures. Contact information can be found below.

The result of one or more of the Assessments in the NDEB Equivalency Process are requirements for application to a Qualifying Program or a Degree Completion Program. Each university will inform you of its admission policy including which Assessments are admission requirements.

The application fee for the NDEB Equivalency Process is $800.00, non-refundable.


  • Application to the Equivalency Process and Registration for Assessments must be submitted online. Only credit card payments will be accepted.
  • Upon verification, individuals who have previously participated in the l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ) equivalency process, the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD) Eligibility Examination or the NDEB certification process for non-accredited graduates will receive a credit for the application fee.
  • Due to a high volume of documents received by our office we are unable to provide oral updates on documentation. The status of your documents can be obtained by logging into your online application and selecting the Profile Tab. Documents that have been ‘received’ will take approximately 6-8 weeks to be reviewed.






DISCLAIMER: The informations in this article are collected from the experiences of the past students and from online sources. The article provides you the links from the official website of NDBE Canada. The aim is to just explain you the process and make it simple for you. Check the official website for all the latest changes. In case of any doubts always visit the Canadian embassy in your country and get yours doubts cleared directly. Never pay any unverified middle party that claims to help you get the registration in an easy way.

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