This section is intended to provide information for internationally-trained dental specialists seeking more information on how to qualify for the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) and to practice as a dental specialist in Canada. The illustration below shows the eligibility requirements associated with Pathway I and II.
Internationally trained dentist specialists can become eligible to write the NDSE in one of the two Pathways below:
Having completed or being, at the time of taking the Examination, in the final year of a dental specialty training program which, during the course of the candidate's enrolment in the program, was accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or an accreditation body with which the CDAC has a reciprocal accreditation agreement; or
Having completed or being, at the time of taking the examination, enrolled in a Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) for internationally trained dental specialists which, during the course of the candidate’s enrollment in the DSATP, was a part of a specialty training program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or an accreditation body with which the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada has a reciprocal accreditation agreement, and having approval from the program director or the Dean, in the form of a letter, stating that the applicant is prepared academically to sit the examination.
If you are an internationally-trained dental specialist looking for more information on applying to write the NDSE, please visit our ITDS FAQ section for more details. You may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.