Dentistry is a regulated profession in Canada. In order to practice dentistry, a dentist must obtain a license or permit from the province or territory they wish to practice in. The main requirement to obtain licensure in all Canadian provinces and territories is passing the National Dental Examination Board exams.

Dentistry Certification and Licensure in Canada

There are two pathways to certification as a general dentist in Canada for graduates of International dentistry programs (e.g. BDS, MDS from India, Middle east etc.):

  • Successful completion of an accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Program (2 year DDS program for Internationally trained dentists)

  • Successful completion of the NDEB Equivalency Process

The Equivalency process for foreign trained dentists consists of three exams:

  1. Assessment of fundamental knowledge (AFK) written exam.

  2. Assessment of clinical skills exam: a practical exam on typodonts and manikins.

  3. Assessment of clinical judgement written exam.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Completed BDS or MDS with atleast 1 year of work experience

How can Westleaf help you get there?

Westleaf offers advisory services for Internationally trained Dentistry students to help them study in Canada and also achieve their licensing/practicing credentials. Westleaf offers the following key services for Dental students:


PR Application

PR application as part of DDS program for International students


AFK Coaching

Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) exam coaching services

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Student admissions

Student Admissions (DDS program for Internationally Trained dentists)


Dental Fellowships

Dental fellowships at leading universities in Canada & USA