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Applicants applying to register as a General Practitioner and Dental Specialist must meet the requirements of the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C), the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) and the National Dental Examining Board of Canada National Dental Specialty Examination (NDEB NDSE).

Applicants applying to register as a Dental Specialist restricted to their specialty must meet the requirements of the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C) and the National Dental Examining Board of Canada National Dental Specialty Examination (NDEB NDSE).

The Alberta Dental Association and College is no longer accepting documentation from the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) as part of a specialty application. Applicants applying to register as a specialist must submit documentation from the National Dental Examining Board of Canada National Dental Specialty Examination (NDEB NDSE).

Dental Specialists include:

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

National Dental Examining Board of Canada – National Dental Specialty Examination
The National Dental Examining Board of Canada provides the National Dental Specialty Examination for all of the nationally recognized dental specialties in Canada. The ADA&C requires successful completion of this examination for registration in Alberta as a Dental Specialist. The Dental Specialist Registration flowchart (coming soon) outlines the process to register as a Dental Specialist in Alberta.

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.

National Dental Examining Board of Canada – National Dental Specialty Examination

NDEB provides the National Dental Specialty Examination for all of the nationally recognized dental specialties in Canada. The ADA&C requires successful completion of this examination for registration in Alberta as a Dental Specialist.

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 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.

North American and internationally trained dentists registering as a dental specialist must complete the requirements of the Alberta Dental Association and College and the National Dental Examining Board National Dental Specialty Examination (NDEB NDSE).

To apply for registration as a General Dentist and Dental Specialist or to apply for registration as a Dental Specialist in Alberta the following must be received:

    • Completed application form for registration as a General Dentist and Dental Specialist or completed application form for registration as a Dental Specialist; including payment for the $500 application fee. 
    • Notarized or certified copy of passport, birth certificate, citizenship card or proof of permanent residency status, or a notarized or certified copy of the authorization issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada which permits you to engage in the practice of dentistry in Canada.
    • A Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check (performed within the last 12 months).  Applicants are responsible for all fees charged by the police to obtain these records.
        • 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. Undergraduate transcripts are not required. 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.
    • Notarized or certified copies of degrees or diplomas earned.
        • 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 8 weeks from the date of issuance and must be sent directly to the Alberta Dental Association and College from each regulatory body in which the applicant is/was registered. Certificates of Standing and Letters of Good Standing sent by an applicant will not be accepted.
    • An individual Consent for Release of Information form is required to be completed and submitted for each jurisdiction in which the applicant is/was registered.
    • Three written letters of character reference from colleagues or friends. Family members or classmates cannot provide character reference letters. Letters must be signed, dated and contain contact information of the person writing the reference. These letters may be submitted by the applicant.
    • If an applicant is currently in practice and has been in practice for two years or more, verification of 60 continuing education hours over the last two-year period must be provided. Certificates and/or letters of successful completion are required. Continuing education transcripts will not be accepted.
    • One current passport-sized photograph (taken within the last six months).
Additional Requirements to Register as a Dental Specialist
    • Payment for the $300 dental specialist application fee is payable at the time of registration.
    • Certificate from the National Dental Examining Board National Dental Specialty Examination (NDEB NDSE) advising of successful completion of the specialty examination.
    • Diploma or certificate from specialty program (submitted by applicant) OR transcripts from specialty program. NOTE: If applicant has transcripts submitted, the Alberta Dental Association and College must receive the transcripts directly from the educational institution.

Once an application is complete and acceptable to the CEO/Registrar of the Alberta Dental Association and College, study documents for the ADA&C Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination will be released to the applicant.

Given the current situation with COVID-19, the Alberta Dental Association and College is currently unable to administer the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam at the offices of the Alberta Dental Association and College. New applicants are being registered via an online Orientation and Registration Session, held through Zoom teleconference. Registration of new applicants will be effective the following day, conditional upon new members attending and writing the Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam at a later date. A selection of dates will be posted for new members to write the exam, once it is safe to do so. Once dates have been established they will be emailed to all new members, requesting their attendance. Newly registered members will need to make this a priority once the dates are released. Failure to attend the exam or pass the exam will result in immediate practice permit cancellation. Applicants will be required to study and learn the Ethics and Jurisprudence exam material. It is essential that new members  know the exam material before commencing practicing.