New Zealand Dentist Registration Examination

If you are not sure whether the New Zealand Dentist Registration Examination is the correct pathway for you, refer to the following tool:

NZDREX - Examination pathway changes

The Council’s New Zealand Dentist Registration Examination (NZDREX) previously consisted of a written examination, run jointly with the Australian Dental Council; and a clinical examination, run by the University of Otago on behalf of the Council.

In 2015, the Council outsourced its NZDREX assessments to the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB).

NZDREX candidates now have to pass the NDEB equivalency process.

The equivalency process comprises of 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).

Information on the NZDREX examination pathway is available here.

Existing NZDREX candidates

We have written to you telling you of the changes; how they impact you and the options available to you.

If you have not heard from us, or want to discuss your options further, please contact the registration team on +64 4 499 4820 or email:  inquiries@dcnz.org.nz