10 STEPS WORK AS DENTIST IN CANADA
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This post will give you the basic information on working in Canada as a dentist if you have got a dental degree outside Canada. This article is helpful for those students who are planning to settle abroad as a Dentist.
At the end of the article, all the relevant official links have been provided in a sequential stepwise manner. So after reading the article, check the last slide carefully to check all the steps that you will need to fulfill.
In the last slide a sequesntial flow chart has been given with all the official links in a stepwise manner.
(This post was last updated on 30th March 2017)
Please note that this article just gives the basic information on the process. The information has been collected from the experiences of past candidates and also from the internet sources & official websites. Always refer the official sites for the final procedures.
This information is just to help the dentists better understand the process.Never pay any 3rd party any money claiming to make the procedure easy. Always follow the official steps for your safety.
Dentistry in Canada After
Dental Graduation From Another Country
Of all the foreign destinations that a Dental Graduate/Dentist can look forward to work as a Dentist, CANADA is perhaps the most popular one right now. The reason for this can be many but the 3 main reasons are:
- The well balanced & developed society of Canada.
- Dentists being the richest earners in the Country.
- High paying capacity of the patients and high dental health awareness.
Dentists in Canada are among the richest group of professionals on a world scale. The level of advancements in dentistry and the opportunities are immense. There are good chances to do well both in the urban and the countryside sector.
So, all in all, Canada can be your next destination, if you really want and have the resources to settle abroad as a Dentist.
Hence, in this article ” Dentistry in Canada ” We will seeing in detail all the steps needed to migrate to Canada and settle as a dentist after completing Dental Graduation.
The NDEB Canada Conducts Licensing Exams for Dental Graduates
The process of getting registered and working in Canada as a dentist depends on the nature of your dental degree. As mentioned in the picture above, the Canadian dental board has divided the dental degrees into two types – Accredited & Non-Accredited.
So, before you start your journey to Canada as a dentist first know about the nature of your dental degree.
Accredited Dental Programs in Canada
If you have a dental degree from the country/dental board mentioned above then your dental degree is considered as accredited.
To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.
So, if your degree falls under accredited category then follow the steps mentioned in this official link.
After you qualify the exams, then you will need to appear in front of the Dental Regulatory Authority (DRA) where your additional qualifications like documentation, jurisprudence tests, and evidence of language proficiency. You will be allowed to have a license as a dentist only when you qualify the assessment by the DRA.
But how should you proceed if your degree does not fall under Accredited Dental Programs?
In the next slides, we will discuss that. Please note that at every step official links have been mentioned for your reference.
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Recap of the 1st slide: Till now you know that (for the purpose of getting approval to work as a dentist in Canada) your dental degree is divided into two types – Accredited & Non-Accredited.
We also saw the steps required if your degree falls under Accredited Program.
In this slide, we will see the procedures for all those dental surgeons who have NON-ACCREDITED dental degree
The diagram below illustrates the steps to certification as a dentist in Canada for dentists with Non-Accredited Dental Degree
A candidate needs to successfully go through all the procedures to qualify for NDEB certification. Once the candidate successfully completes the certification, then he/she needs to apply for the final licensure to practice as a dentist in Canada.
In the next slides, we will have an overview of all the basic steps for your initial information.
After going through the article, refer the official links and then plan up your course of action.
N.B. This article is just for the purpose of your reference and does not intend to replace the official links. In all your planning always refer the Canadian embassy in your country directly for any official information or change in regulations. Never trust any unsolicited 3rd party who claims to ease up or bypass any process demanding money for it.
At the end of the article, the official links from the NDEB exam board are given. Check the links for more information.
They are from the official website of NDEB Canada.
in the last slide, a complete chronology of links in the correct sequence are given.
So go through each slide very carefully.
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to know about the 1st step to be a
Dental Professional in Canada
The system for Dentists with
Non-Accredited Dental Programs
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 degree from Non-Accredited Dental Programs.
Overview Rules for the students who have received their dental graduation degrees outside Canada.
Dentists with 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.
Step 1. On Line Self-Assessment Quiz
Before applying for the equivalency process you need to go through web-based self-assessment test.
Step 2. Application to NDEB Equivalency Process
The Equivalency Process provides an alternate route to certification as a dentist in Canada for graduates of non-accredited dental 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.
Application to the NDEB Equivalency Process involves 3 steps:
- Creation of an online profile
- Submission of required documents
- Document verification
Steps in getting the Equivalency
Creating On-Line Profile
First, you need to register yourself online at the official registration page.
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 Canadian Dollars and is payable online at the time of submission.
Already an applicant or participant?
Then you will have your user id and password to log in and check the status.
See complete instructions for creating online profile for NDEB here
Document Submission Process
The following documents are designed to assist applicants in creating their online profile:
Documents to be sent directly to the NDEB by the university:
- Confirmation of Degree Completion Form
- Academic Record
- Government issued photo identification
- Proof of name change/difference in name, if applicable
- Translation of proof of name change/difference in name, if applicable
- Final dental diploma/degree
- Translation of dental diploma/degree, if applicable
- Translation of academic records, if applicable
- Internship completion certificate, if applicable
Translation of internship completion certificate, if applicable
Here is the official link for the guidelines of the documents required for the equivalency process
Please Note That NBED very carefully checks for the Notarized certificates and the certificates that have been translated from a none English language.
- 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.
See this official link of Canadian Dental Board that tells about the Document Submission Process.
In the Next Slide, we will see the 3rd Step of the NBED Equivalency process
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Step 3. Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge
The Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge is a multiple choice style assessment. It consists of two (2) books, each with 150 multiple-choice type questions. Each book is given in a three (3) hour session. The sessions are held in the morning and afternoon of one day.
A participant has the privilege of taking the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge three (3) times.
Pass & Fail in the Fundamental Assessment Test
(You can take the AFK a maximum of three times.)
Assessment results are electronically scanned and processed. Results are then verified manually at least three times. An additional verification is done of all results close to the passing score before they are released to participants.
A test equated, a re-scaled score of 75 or greater is reported as a Pass. A test equated, a re-scaled score of less than 75 is reported as a Fail. Results will include the test equated, re-scaled score. No further breakdown of results is available.
Syllabus for the fundamental assessment exam
The Assessment consists of two (2) books, each with 150 multiple choice type questions. Each book is given in a three-hour session.
The sessions are held in the morning and afternoon of one day.
The Assessment Blueprint outlined below gives the content areas and approximate percentages of questions in each area.
|% of Questions|
Growth and Development
|Applied Clinical Sciences|
Special Needs Patient
Oral facial Pain
|Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology
Health Promotion/Population Health
Relationship of General/ Oral Health
Previous year questions for personal use and revision
The NDEB releases assessment and examination questions for personal use.
You can have a look at the official Question Bank here.
Protocols for the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge exam
The Canadian Dental Board has laid down strong protocols for the AFK exams.
Check out the protocol guidelines for the year 2017 here.
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Know about Clinical Exam Information
STEP 4. Assessment of Clinical Knowledge/Judgement
In order to appear for the Assessment Of Clinical judgment, the applicant must have scored a test equated score of 75 or higher in the Fundamental Assessment Test.
(Mentioned in the previous slide)
The Assessment of Clinical Judgement is a written assessment taken over one day.
The Assessment consists of three (3) books.
It is not a requirement to successfully complete the Assessment of Clinical Skills to register for the Assessment of Clinical Judgement. The Assessment of Clinical Skills and the Assessment of Clinical Judgement can be taken concurrently.
A participant can only take the Assessment of Clinical Judgement three (3) times.
Course & Content for Clinical Judgement
The Assessment consists of three (3) books given in a single day. There will be a break between each session.
Books 1A and 1B
Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and Clinical Decision Making
This extended match multiple choice Assessment will evaluate the participant’s ability to formulate a diagnosis and to make clinical decisions. Case histories, dental charts, and photographs may be provided for patients of all ages, including those with special needs.
Using prints of the radiograph, this extended match multiple choice Assessment will evaluate the participant’s knowledge in oral radiology and ability to make a radiographic interpretation and diagnosis.
Exam dates, venues, fees & Demo Question Papers at the end of the article.
Sample Questions for Clinical Judgement
NDEB has released question bank of the previous clinical judgment exam.
NBDE has laid down protocols for Clinical Judgement Exams.
You can see the official protocols for 2017 here.
Same as before. To pass you are required to score 75 or more than 75. Less than that is considered as fail.
Participants can take the ACJ a maximum of three times.
STEP 5: ASSESSMENT OF CLINICAL SKILLS
In order to participate in the Assessment of Clinical Skills, individuals must have received a minimum test equated score of 75 or higher on the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge.
It is not a requirement to successfully complete the Assessment of Clinical Skills to register for the Assessment of Clinical Judgement. The Assessment of Clinical Skills and the Assessment of Clinical Judgement may be taken concurrently.
A participant can appear for the Assessment of Clinical Skills maximum three (3) times.
During the 2 day Assessment of Clinical Skills, participants will be evaluated on their performance of dental procedures on simulated patients (manikins) in a clinical setting.
Each day you will receive:
- A typodont, labeled with your ID number mounted in a manikin on a dental chair.
- A list of teeth for practice preparations.
- A detailed list of required procedures specifying tooth numbers and surfaces.
- A Participant Communication form which may be used to provide comments to Evaluators.
- You will also receive a scheduled time to perform the Rubber Dam Requirement.
Participants will be required to perform the following procedures:
- Class II amalgam preparation.
- Class III composite resin preparation.
- Full metal crown preparation.
- Metal-ceramic (porcelain fused to metal) crown preparation.
- Endodontic access preparation on a molar tooth.
- Direct Class II composite resin restoration on a pre-prepared* tooth
- Direct Class IV composite resin restoration on a pre-prepared* tooth
- Class II amalgam restoration on a pre-prepared* tooth
- Provisional crown restoration for a pre-prepared* metal-ceramic (porcelain fused to metal) crown preparation on Day 2 of the Assessment. The original unprepared tooth will be in the typodont used on Day 1 of the Assessment.
- Rubber dam application
Participants will also be evaluated on the following:
- Record keeping.
- Infection control and material hygiene.
Exam dates, venues, fees & Demo Question Papers, Instruments lists at the end of the article.
Protocols for the Clinical Skill Assessment Exams for the year 2017 can be downloaded here.
Scoring in Clinical Assessment Exams
The scoring in the clinical assessment exams are based on Grades (ranging from A+ to E)
To Pass in the Clinical Assessment Exam:
Eight or more grades of A / A+ and no E grade
Nine or more grades of A / A+ and no more than one E grade
For more details on the Clinical assessment exam you can the following official link.
After you complete step 5 – Then you are eligible to give the Final Qualifying Exam that will give you the approval to work as a Dentist in Canada. After all your hard works it’s the final hurdle. Once you complete it – You are ready to be a certified Dentist in Canada & believe me you are destined to earn in millions after that. Dentists are one of the richest sections of society in Canada.
So let’s finish the last step to your dreams – NDEB Certification Process
National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s Written Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for certification as a General Dentist in Canada.
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NDEB Written Exams (The Final Step to Canada)
STEP-6. Application For NDEB Certification Process
Graduates of Accredited Dental Programs, Accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Programs, and individuals who have successfully completed the NDEB Equivalency Process are required to successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s Written Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for certification as a General Dentist in Canada.
The Written Examination
After your application for NDEB certification is accepted, you have to give the written exam.
CONTENT AND FORMAT
The Written Examination consists of two books, each with 150 multiple choice type questions. Each book is given in a 150-minute examination session. The sessions are held in the morning and afternoon of one day.
Please note that this written exam is to assess your knowledge as a general dentist. So, the exam has been developed by NDEB keeping in mind the required competencies that are expected from a beginner dentist in Canada.
To know more details on the skills that are expected from a beginner dentist in Canada, check the following link. There are approx 40+ plus competencies that are expected from you.
Book I: 150 questions
Book II: 150 questions
Question Bank for the Written Exams
For the benefit of the candidates, NDEB has released question banks that the candidates can use for getting acquainted the exam pattern. You can check the question bank here.
The candidates also need to keep a track of the protocol that has been laid down by the NDEB for the year 2017. Check the following official links for the latest protocols for the written exam.
Scoring in the Written Exam
The scoring in the written exam is decided as Pass or Fail.
Score sheets are electronically scanned and processed. Results are then verified manually at least three times. An additional verification is done of all results close to the passing score before they are released to candidates.
The candidate has to score 75 or more to pass the exam.
STEP-7. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
CONTENT AND FORMAT
The OSCE is a station type examination comprised of a morning session and an afternoon session on the same day.
The majority of the stations will have 2 questions and will require the candidate to review the information supplied (e.g. case history, dental charts, photographs, radiographs, casts, models) and answer extended match type questions.
Each extended match type question will have up to 15 answer options and one or more correct answers. All answers for these questions must be recorded on the answer score sheet provided.
Validation of Registration 8:30 am
Morning Examination Session 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Afternoon Examination Session 1:30 pm to 4:15 pm
Check the official links at the end.
Question Bank provided by NBDE
NBDE has provided official question bank for the benefit of the students. You can have a look at the question banks here.
Official Protocols for the OSCE Exams
You can check the official protocols for the OSCE exams here.
Scoring criteria in the OSCE Exams
As mentioned in the earlier slides, the results in the exam are published as Pass or Fail.
To successfully pass the exams, a candidate needs to score 75 or more in the exam.
Results will be verified 3 times.
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The Dates of the Exams for 2016
Dates for Certification Examinations 2017
To become a licensed dentist in Canada, individuals must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s Certification Examinations. The examinations measure the competencies expected of a beginning dental practitioner in Canada. The Certification Examinations are held over two consecutive days.
Assessment of Clinical Judgement
June 2, 2017
April 5, 2017
Assessment of Clinical Skills
June 3-4, 2017
April 5, 2017
Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge
August 12, 2017
May 24, 2017
Assessment of Clinical Judgement
December 1, 2017
October 4, 2017
Assessment of Clinical Skills
December 2-3, 2017
October 4, 2017
You can check the location details at the following official page describing
All fees must be paid by credit card at the time of application and/or registration.
One-time fee, non-refundable
|Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK)||$800.00|
|Assessment of Clinical Judgement (ACJ)||$1500.00|
|Assessment of Clinical Skills (ACS)||$6000.00|
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All the Official Links in the correct order
Here are the official links to
follow in a chronological manner
All the official links have been mentioned in the order of sequence. Follow each of the links and use this article to understand the links. Always remember to follow the steps mentioned in the official links. They are the only way to get registered as a dentist in Canada.
Overview of steps
Try to understand the flowchart properly. Each of the flowcharts also has the official links.
- Web Based Self Assessment Test
- NDBE Equivalency Process & Document Verification
- Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge
- Assessment of Clinical Judgement (ACJ)
- Assessment of Clinical Skills (ACS)
- Written Exams
- OSCE Exams
- Fees for the NBBEexams
- Dates & Venues for 2017
Points to Consider
- All the links will open in a new tab and take you directly to the links at the official website of NDBE Canada.
- Please remember – Always refer the official website for any information and updates. In case of any doubt always visit in person the Canadian Embassy in your country to clarify any doubts regarding the regulations.
- Link to the official Website
The National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) is the organization responsible for establishing and maintaining a national standard of competence of dentists in Canada. more…
DISCLAIMER: The information 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 the 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.