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Applicants registering as a General Dentist must complete the requirements of the ADA&C 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 ADA&C requires successful completion of this examination for registration in Alberta as a General Dentist. Visit: www.ndeb-bned.ca

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

Accredited General Dentistry Programs:

Australia – Australian Dental Council – are considered to be accredited if their graduation date is on or after March 31 2010

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 – are considered to be accredited if their graduation date is on or after December 14, 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 ADA&C requires successful completion of this examination for registration in Alberta as a General Dentist. www.ndeb-bned.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 ADA&C requires successful completion of this examination for registration in Alberta as a General Dentist. www.ndeb-bned.ca

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
    • Certified copy of birth certificate, citizenship card or proof of permanent residency status, or a certified copy of the authorization issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada which permits you to engage in the practice of dentistry in Canada
    • A Vulnerable Sector Check and a Criminal Record 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

NOTE: Applicants must request their transcripts to be sent directly from the educational institution to the ADA&C. 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. 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 six (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 ADA&C. 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 six months).

Once an application is complete and registration status confirmed, study documents for the ADA&C 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.