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.

Internationally trained dentists who are graduates of a non-accredited program must successfully complete a full-time two-year qualifying program or the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s (NDEB) Equivalency Process. These two paths are the only way to gain eligibility to take the NDEB national examination – a requirement for all candidates. 

Internationally trained dental specialists who are graduates of a non-accredited dental specialty program must either complete an accredited specialty program or successfully complete the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Exam (DSCKE) and a Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP).  Note that the specialty in which you were trained must be a recognized specialty in Canada.  These are the only options to gain access to the National Dental Specialty Exams, a requirement for all dental specialists. 

For a complete list of Ontario’s registration requirements, 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.