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

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.
    • 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 (3) 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 (1) current passport-sized photograph (taken within the last 6 months).

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.