NDEB Equivalency Process

Details about the NDEB Equivalency Process should be obtained through the NDEB’s website, www.ndeb-bned.ca, or by contacting them by phone at 613-236-5912 or email at info@ndeb-bned.ca. NDEB is located at 80 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor, Ottawa ON K1P 6R2 Canada.

The NDEB Equivalency Process provides an alternate route to certification as a dentist in Canada for graduates of non-accredited dental programs and is also integrated with the admission process for the Qualifying and Degree Completion Programs. The Equivalency Process is comprised of three assessments.

Successful completion allows candidates to participate in the NDEB Written and OSCE Examinations and be licensed as a general dentist if successful. For those who are not successful, the Canadian faculties of dentistry will use the results of portions of the assessments to determine admission into the qualifying/degree completion programs.

The diagram below illustrates the two but integrated pathways to certification as a general dentist in Canada. (Note: The NDEB website version reveals important sub-information as you click on each box - www.ndeb-bned.ca.)



You must complete either a qualifying two-year program or the NDEB Equivalency Process and then the NDEB examination before you can proceed with making an application to one of the provincial dental regulatory authorities.

The information that follows is to make you aware of some of the more important requirements that must be in place when submitting your application to a dental regulatory authorities.

You must:

  • have a degree in dentistry showing that you have successfully completed a course in dental studies of at least four years at a university-based dental school.
  • have sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to competently engage in the practice of dentistry.
  • pass the two-year qualifying program or NDEB Equivalency Process.
  • pass the Canadian national examination and obtained a certificate from the NDEB.
  • be reasonably fluent in either English or French.
  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or have received the appropriate authorization from Citizenship and Immigration Canada permitting you to engage in the practice of dentistry in Ontario.
  • be mentally competent and physically able to safely practise dentistry.

In cases where you have engaged in the practice of dentistry anywhere in the world, you must provide acceptable evidence that:

  • you have not been found guilty in relation to a criminal offence;
  • you were not the subject of an investigation or proceeding for professional misconduct, incompetence, incapacity or a similar investigation or proceeding;
  • you were not the subject of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence, incapacity or a similar finding.

Each provincial dental regulatory authority may have its own form for this purpose, typically referred to as a Certificate of Standing form. Please contact the dental regulatory authority in the province you are seeking to be registered/licensed in to get a copy of that form.

Note that requirements are subject to change. It is very important that you contact the provincial dental regulatory authority directly for the most up-to-date information and to have your questions answered.