The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) is the regulatory body for dentist practice in Ontario.

The College’s mission is to protect the public's right to quality dental services by providing leadership to the dental profession through self-regulation.

Dentists are categorized in two groups: General Dentistry and Specialty Dentistry.

Registration Requirements

To practise dentistry in Ontario, internationally educated dentists must hold a General Certificate of Registration or Specialty Certificate of Registration and meet the requirements set out by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

Graduates of non-accredited dental programs in the area of general dentistry must complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s (NDEB) Equivalency Process.

The process for internationally educated dentists can be challenging and the unique situation of applicants may vary. For a full list of requirements for internationally educated dentists, please visit the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario website.

How the Access Centre Can Help

The Access Centre within HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency can assist internationally educated dentists on their path to practise by providing on-site reference materials and advisory services by appointment via telephone, in-person or Skype.

If you have previously registered as a client of the Access Centre and are seeking services offered to registered clients or have questions regarding any aspect of the licensure process, please call 416-862-2200 ext 1 or toll free 1-800-596-4046 ext 1 or e-mail

If you are not a registered client of the Access Centre and would like detailed information on the licensing process for internationally educated dentists, please register online.

Information Sessions

Information sessions bring together groups of internationally educated health professions with a common goal. These sessions focus on various aspects of the registration process. Learn more.