Before you can practice dentistry in Canada, you must apply to be licensed. The first step in this process is to successfully complete two sets of certification examinations administered by the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB). If you graduated from a university program that is accredited and recognized by the National Dental Examining Board, you may apply for licensing immediately following successful completion of the Board’s certification examinations if you meet the remaining requirements as set by the province.
If you graduated from a non-accredited university program, you will first be required to apply for admission to a qualifying program by writing an eligibility examination at one of six universities in Canada. For a list of qualifying program locations go to www.ndeb.ca and click on “Non-accredited Program” and select “Qualifying Programs”. If you pass this exam, you must successfully complete the qualifying program before you can write the National Dental Examining Board’s certification examinations.
In light of this process, if you graduated from a non-accredited university program in dentistry, you should not expect to immediately begin to practice as a dentist when you arrive in Canada. It may take two years or more to qualify. To obtain more detailed information on the examinations you will be required to write go to: www.ndeb.ca and click on “Non-accredited Program”.
Following certification by the National Dental Examining Board, you may apply for licensing with the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia.
Documents will be accepted in any language.
To Apply for a License
To apply for a license to practice in Nova Scotia, you will need to bring or have sent to Canada the following documents. You should submit them along with your application and other forms provided by the Provincial Dental Board and a notarized copy of the certificate issued by the National Examining Board of Canada:
Following a review of your documentation, you will be required to meet with the Registrar of the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia in person to finalize the registration process. For more information contact the Board directly at 1-902-420-0083.
To Apply for Employment
There are agencies in Nova Scotia that can help you find employment in your field or in other occupations if you are unable to practice your occupation. They may also be helpful if you find that you cannot practice dentistry in Canada. To assist you with this, we also recommend that you obtain the following documents from your home country and be prepared to have them translated into English.