In Canada, the dentistry is very regulated profession. For a person to become a licensed dentist in Canada must have DMD/BDS/DDS degree and must be certified by NDEB. There are different pathways to licensing depending on from where you have obtained your dental degree.
There are two pathways, the NDEB equivalency process which is for the Graduate from a Non-Accredited dental Program or Internationally Trained Dentist Degree Completion Program at one of the Canadian dental schools which we can call as a Graduate from Accredited Dental Program.
How to Get NDEB Certificate?
As we have discussed earlier, about two pathways, so here in getting NDEB certificate, the both accredited and Non-accredited Dental Graduate’s have different processes…
1-) Graduate From a Accredited Dental Program
Following Schools are considered as accredited
- New Zealand
So if you are graduated from any of these schools, than you just have to do these things:
- Pass the written Board Exam : MCQ’s
- OSCE exam: Cases
After passing out these you will get Certification from them and you can start working right away, but that’s only for Accredited Graduates, where they only have to give these two Exams.
Struggle in Becoming A Dentist:
So first of all you have to go through an Undergrad and study for Four years, it might be usually related to sciences subjects, so this is University. You will have to maintain high Marks under this period to become Successful dentist in Canada.
- Accredited Dental School
After passing out from Undergraduate, now they will have to go through another four years and this is where it gets more expensive because these Schools are more expensive
- Final: Written Board and OSCE
After all this struggle they will eligible to give these both written and OSCE exams, which is the final step for becoming a Dentist in Canada.
2-) Graduate From a Non-Accredited Dental Program:
For the graduate of a Non Accredited Dental Program, you will have to do these things:
- AFK Exam
After the AFK there are still two pathways, from which you have to choose one:
This course has a timeline of 3-4 years which will cost approximately $150-250k. When you go to University Path, they’re going to look at your AFK marks, there might be some other tests before getting admission into University like English test, skills tests, physcological test and a interview.
- Skills Exam/Judgement Exam (Direct Path)
The direct path has a timeline of 1-2 Years costing around $50-60k. They are bit more easier and similar to AFK exams. This path is more credible, as this path is more well known and a lot of people are going through it and we have experience with it so you will help with it…
So Summary of Direct Path which is more suitable:
- Apply to NDEB
- AFK exam
- Skills Exam and Judgement Exam
- Written Board And OSCE exam
NDEB NBDE Certification:
After passing out both Written examination and OSCE , you are going to get NDEB certification, where you have reached your 80% of your journey towards becoming a Dentist in Canada, and the final Last Step is the Provencial Licensure, where you will be finally accredited as a licensed general dentist in Canada.