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Dental Specialist


Applicants registering as a Dental Specialist must meet the requirements of the Alberta Dental Association and College and the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.


Dental Specialist:
  • Endodontists;
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist;
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon;
  • Oral Medicine and Pathology
  • Orthodontists and Dentofacial Orthopedist;
  • Pediatric Dentist;
  • Periodontist;
  • Prosthodontist;
  • Public Health Dentist

The Royal College of Dentists of Canada - National Dental Specialty Examination

The Royal College of Dentists of Canada provides the National Dental Specialty Examination for all of the nationally recognized dental specialties in Canada. The Alberta Dental Association and College requires successful completion of this examination for registration  in Alberta as a Dental Specialist.  www.rcdc.ca 

The Dental Specialist Registration Flowchart outlines the process to register as a Dental Specialist in Alberta.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Registration Process (view)


Helpful Links for Dental Specialty Graduates

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Accredited Dental Specialty Programs

Dental Specialists who have graduated from a dental specialty program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada  and/or the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.
 
The Royal College of Dentists of Canada provides the National Dental Specialty Examination for all of the nationally recognized dental specialties in Canada.  The Alberta Dental Association and College requires successful completion of this examination for registration in Alberta as a Dental Specialist. www.rcdc.ca 
 

Non-Accredited Dental Specialty Programs

The Dental Specialists Core Knowledge Examination of the National Dental Examining Board is an examination that evaluates candidates from non-accredited dental specialty programs that are intending to apply to a Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program. The Dental Specialists Core Knowledge Examination consists of four (4) components: core biomedical and dental sciences, scientific literature appraisal skills, core clinical sciences component, and patient management.
 
The Dental Specialties Core Knowledge Examination is used by Canadian Dental Schools for admission to a graduate program for assessment, training and education. The National Dental Examining Board of Canada website outlines the format and content of the Dental Specialists Core Knowledge Examination.
 
The Royal College of Dentists of Canada provides the National Dental Specialty Examination for all of the nationally recognized dental specialties in Canada. The Alberta Dental Association and College requires successful completion of this examination for registration in Alberta as a Dental Specialist.  www.rcdc.ca 

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To apply for registration as a Dental Specialist in Alberta, the following must be received:

  • Completed application form for registration as a Dental Specialist; 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.
  • 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) 
 
Additional Requirements to Register as a Dental Specialist
  • Payment for the dental specialist application fee is payable at time of registration.
  • Letter from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada advising of successful completion the National Dental Specialty Examination.
NOTE: The Alberta Dental Association and College must receive the letter directly from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.
  • Diploma or certificate from specialty program (submitted by applicant) OR transcripts from dental specialty program. 
NOTE: If applicant’s transcripts are submitted; the Alberta Dental Association and College must receive the transcripts directly from the educational institution.
 
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 Dental Specialist in Alberta.  The applicant will be contacted to schedule an appointment.