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Specialty Licence

To apply for a general certificate of registration (licence), use our online applicant portal to fill out your application, upload documents, pay the required fees and submit it to the College

Your application form is only valid for three months once it is submitted.

Complete instructions, including lists of required supporting documentation, are provided as part of the online application process. Review the information on our website to understand the application process, our requirements and your responsibilities as an applicant.

Required Fees

Applicant fees include a non-refundable application fee, and the current annual licence renewal fee. Payment must be received before the College can issue your licence.

If you already hold an RCDSO general or academic licence, and who also want to apply for a speciality licence, you are only required to pay the application ($350) fee.

Date of application

Application Fee

Annual licence Fee

Total Fee

On or after January 1




On or after June 1




On or after September 1




*All fees must be made in Canadian dollars.

You can make your payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex) or certified cheque made payable to The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. All certified cheques must be issued by a Canadian bank or be a Canadian Money Order.

Applicant requirements

  1. You have a university degree in dentistry that proves the successful completion of an education in dental studies of at least four years.
  3. You have successfully completed and earned a diploma or degree in one of the following speciality programs and are applying for a related speciality licence.   

    Speciality Program

    Minimum length of program


    22 months (full-time instruction)

    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

    48 months (full-time instruction)

    Oral Pathology

    33 months (full-time instruction)

    Oral Medicine

    *Programs from the U.S. are not accepted

    33 months (full-time instruction)


    Oral Radiology

    22 months (full-time instruction)


    22 months (full-time instruction)

    Pediatric Dentistry

    22 months (full-time instruction)


    22 months (full-time instruction)


    22 months (full-time instruction)

    Public Health Dentistry

    22 months (full-time instruction)

    Dental Anesthesia
    *The only approved program is the University of Toronto. Programs from the U.S. are not accepted

    22 months (full-time instruction)

    *All specialty diploma and degree programs must be taken in Canada in or the United States and must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or recognized by CDAC under the terms of a reciprocal agreement.

  5. You successfully completed the specialty examinations for the specialty licence you are applying for. The national dental specialty examinations are administered by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB). This is the only examination acceptable for licensure. Contact the NDEB for more information.
  7. Since the successful completion of your specialty program, there has not been a three-year period which you have not engaged in your specific speciality of dentistry on a continuous basis in Canada or the United States.
  9. You demonstrate the ability to speak and write English or French with reasonable fluency.
  11. You have successfully completed the RCDSO’s Jurisprudence and Ethics course. Click here to find out how to take the course. If you have already taken this course, the results are valid for three years from the date of completion. Current members holding a general certificate of registration are not required to take the course. 
  13. If you were licensed as a dentist and practised dentistry in another jurisdiction in Canada or in another country, you are not currently or have not been disciplined, suspended, had your licence revoked or the subject of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.
  15. You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to work in a health profession in Canada.

  16. You have not been charged and/or convicted of a criminal offense in any Canadian or international jurisdiction. 

International Applicants

Graduates of non-accredited international dental specialty programs must do one of the following:

  • Successfully complete an accredited specialty program in Canada
  • Successfully complete the NDEB’s Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Exam (DSCKE) and a Canadian university Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) approved by RCDSO. Successful completion of the DSCKE and a DSATP will make you eligible to take NDEB’s National Dental Specialty Examination.

Limitations of Specialty Licence

  • You are not entitled to practice general dentistry or controlled acts outside of the scope of practice of dentistry of the applicable specialty, unless you also hold a general licence.


Read the Applicant FAQs.

All information is subject to change. Applications will be governed by the regulations, and College by-laws and policies in place at the time of submission. If there is any discrepancy information, the requirements stated in regulations shall prevail.

Source: The Regulated Health Professions Acts, 1991; Dentistry Act, 1991, Regulation 205/94: General