Internationally Educated Dental Professionals

Internationally Trained Dentist Registration Requirement: National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) Certificate

Regardless of education, licensure or experience, internationally trained dentists who wish to practice dentistry in Nova Scotia must be registered with the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia. Before applying for registration, dentists must first earn the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Certificate.

The following information is provided as a brief summary of the process. Full details are available at

Graduates of Accredited Dental Programs

Graduates of:

Graduates of Non-Accredited Dental Programs

Graduates of non-accredited dental programs must successfully complete an accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Program OR the NDEB Equivalency Process* before being eligible to take the NDEB's written and clinical examinations.

*The NDEB Equivalency Process provides an alternate route to certification as a dentist in Canada for graduates of non-accredited dental programs. It is also integrated with the admission process for the Qualifying/Degree Completion Programs. The NDEB Equivalency Process is comprised of three assessments. Successful completion of the assessments allows individuals to apply to take the NDEB Written and OSCE Examinations. The Canadian Faculties of Dentistry will also use results of select assessments in the admission process for Qualifying/Degree Completion Programs.