"New" pathway - New Zealand Dentist Registration Examination

NZDREX candidates must pass the NDEB equivalency process.

The equivalency process comprises the following three components:

  • an assessment of your fundamental knowledge (AFK)
  • an assessment of your clinical judgement (ACJ)
  • an assessment of your clinical skills (ACS).  

Please note, the NDEB website refers to written and OSCE examinations. These examinations are only required if you want to be certified for registration and to practise in Canada.

You can attempt each assessment component three times, with no time limit to complete the NDEB equivalency process.

The ACS and the ACJ may be taken concurrently or separately.

What must I do with the Dental Council when I enter the NDEB equivalency process?

If you decide to enter the NZDREX pathway by enrolling in the NDEB equivalency process you do not need to advise us or complete any application forms with us. 

Just follow all the processes required by NDEB, and once you have successfully completed the equivalency process (i.e. passed the AFK, ACJ and ACS) and received the necessary confirmation from the NDEB, you will have gained NZDREX.

How do I register once I have passed the NDEB equivalency process?

In addition to passing the NZDREX requirements, to register in New Zealand you must also meet the fitness for registration requirements

We strongly suggest you read these requirements before you start the NZDREX process.  If we do not consider you are fit for registration, we will not register you, even if you have passed the NDEB assessments.

To apply for registration you must complete and submit the application form for registration in New Zealand for holders of prescribed qualifications, and pay the registration fee for those who hold a prescribed qualification.