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Applicants registering as a General Dentist must complete the requirements of the Alberta Dental Association and College and the National Dental Examining Board of Canada.

National Dental Examining Board of Canada
The National Dental Examining Board of Canada provides the examinations for the registration of all General Dentists in Canada. The Alberta Dental Association and College requires successful completion of this examination for registration
 in Alberta as a General Dentist.  www.ndeb.ca


The General Dentist Registration Flowchart outlines the process to register as a General Dentist in Alberta. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Registration (view)

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Accredited General Dentistry Programs

The following are the accredited programs for General Dentists:

AustraliaAustralian Dental Council - Accredited general dentistry programs effective March 30, 2010.


Helpful Links for General Dentistry Graduates

Canada – Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada

Ireland – Irish Dental Council –  Accredited general dentistry programs effective December 5, 2012.

New Zealand – Dental Council of New Zealand – Accredited general dentistry programs effective December 15, 2011.

United States – American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation

Graduates of Accredited Dental Programs, Accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Programs, and individuals who have successfully completed the National Dental Examining Board Equivalency Process are required to successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada Written Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination for registration as a General Dentist in Canada.  The National Dental Examining Board of Canada provides the examinations for the registration of all General Dentists in Canada. The Alberta Dental Association and College requires successful completion of this examination for registration in Alberta as a General Dentist. www.ndeb.ca 
 

Non-Accredited General Dentistry Programs

Graduates of Non-Accredited Dental Programs must successfully complete an accredited Qualifying or Degree Completion Program OR the National Dental Examining Board Equivalency Process prior to being eligible to take the National Dental Examining Board of Canada Written Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination.  The National Dental Examining Board of Canada provides the examinations for the registration of all General Dentists in Canada. The Alberta Dental Association and College requires successful completion of this examination for registration in Alberta as a General Dentist. www.ndeb.ca 
 

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To apply for registration as a General Dentist in Alberta, the following must be received:

  • Completed application form for registration as a General Dentist; include payment for the application fee.
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution related to dental education. Transcripts must list courses taken, grades obtained, and if applicable to that educational institution, that a degree or diploma has been awarded. Documents not in English or French must be accompanied by translations.
NOTE: Applicants must request their transcripts to be sent directly from the educational institution to the Alberta Dental Association and College.  Transcripts received that are sent by the applicant will not be accepted, including transcripts that are in a sealed envelope.
  • Certified Copies of degrees of diplomas earned. Copies of degrees can be certified as a true copy or notarized.
  • Copy of National Dental Examining Board of Canada Certificate.
  • Certificates of Standing from each province where the applicant is/was registered is required.  If the applicant is/was registered in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, the U.S.A. or internationally, a Letter of Good Standing from each jurisdiction in which the applicant is/was registered is required.  
NOTE: Certificates of Standing and Letters of Good Standing are valid for 6 weeks from the date they are issued and must be sent directly from each regulatory body in which the applicant is/was registered to the Alberta Dental Association and College.  Certificates of Standing and Letters of Good Standing sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

  • An individual Consent for Release of Information form(s) is required to be completed and submitted for each jurisdiction in which the applicant is/was registered.
  • Three (3) written letters of character reference from colleagues or friends but not family members or classmates. Letters must be signed, dated and contain contact information of the person writing the reference.  These letters may be submitted by the applicant.
  • If you are currently in practice and have been in practice for two years or more, verification of 60 continuing education hours over the last two-year period must be provided.
  • One (1) current passport-sized photograph.  (within the last 6 months) 

Once an application is complete and registration status confirmed, study documents for the Alberta Dental Association and College Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination will be emailed to the applicant.  A minimum two weeks study period is required before an applicant can write the examination  in Edmonton and be registered as a General Dentist in Alberta.  The applicant will be contacted to schedule an appointment.