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Offering an alternative to a mandatory qualifying program

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body

Royal College of DENTAL SURGEONS of Ontario

Royal College of DENTAL SURGEONS of Ontario


This practice will interest regulators who wish to offer alternative ways for graduates of non-accredited programs to demonstrate that their education is equivalent to an accredited program.

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario has worked with the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) to develop a more cost-effective and efficient alternative to its mandatory qualifying program.

The alternative is known as the NDEB Equivalency Process. All graduates of non-accredited dental programs are eligible to take part. The equivalency process consists of three assessments which an individual must complete. (Individuals who do not succeed at this may be streamed back into the qualifying program, using the equivalency process results as part of their admission requirements.)

This alternative takes approximately nine months but only requires a few days of the applicant's actual time. This means that those who are not yet living in Canada are free to continue to practise in their home countries or work in Canada in other professions while completing their assessments.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to improve access to pre-immigration assessments.
  • Makes registration process more efficient and less complicated; timelines are improved, unnecessary steps are eliminated, use of resources is optimized.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Resources and alternative ways to meet registration requirements are available to applicants.
  • Helps applicants to understand what to expect to be licensed before coming to Canada.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Fairness
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Jun 05, 2013