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Mandatory Training

***Information re COVID-19*** For the latest personal health advice on Coronavirus, check the NHSInform pages. At present all face to face training is suspended. The November 2020 Mandatory Training Course will be Online.

 The NHS (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016, which came into effect on 1st April 2016, (Updated 26th October 2017) have introduced a requirement for mandatory training for those applying to join the dental list in Scotland for the first time and those who have had a period of absence from a list of twelve months or more. Dentists who are currently included on an equivalent list in England, Wales or Northern Ireland who apply to join a dental list in Scotland either as a contractor or assistant require to satisfactorily complete Part 2 only of mandatory training and the Test of Knowledge. All other candidates will have to complete Part 1 & 2 and Test of Knowledge.

NHS Education for Scotland have been asked by Scottish Government to set up this training, to assess those who attend and to issue certification to those who successfully complete it. This certification will be required by a territorial Health Board before they can issue a list number.

Any queries about the regulations and the requirement for mandatory training should be directed to the Health Board to which a list number application is being made.

What does mandatory training involve?

The mandatory training involves the attendance at a two part course, followed by an online assessment, called the Test of Knowledge. Assessment of ToK is currently under redevelopment due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Applicants to the dental list in Scotland who are currently working on an equivalent list in a primary care dental setting in the rest of the UK will have automatic exemption from part 1 of mandatory training, but will be required to successfully complete Part 2 plus test of knowledge. The first part covers those matters of which it is expected that practitioners to have experience through working in the UK.

Please note that the September 2020 Mandatory Training Course will be delivered online.

Part 1 (3 sessions) for dentists who have not worked on an NHS list in Scotland or the UK within 12 months. (Must complete both Parts 1 & 2).  

Part 2 (4 sessions) to include all dentists who have completed Part 1. As well as Dentists who are currently included on a dental list in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and have not worked in Scotland within 12 months (required to complete  Part 2 only).

All applicants must complete a personal development plan. The document will be provided on registration for the course and is also available on Part 1 & 2 portal course.

Training Programme - Parts 1 & 2 Candidates (pdf)

Training Programme - Part 2 Candidates (pdf)

Pre-course preparation

It will be essential to prepare for the course and the assessment and it would be useful for participants to have reviewed the following documentation in advance:

Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme guidance on:

• Acute Dental Problems

• Anticoagulants and Antiplatelets

• Caries in Children

• Decontamination

• Drug Prescribing

• Emergency Dental Care

• Oral Health Assessment

• Oral Health Management of Patients at Risk of Medication-related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

• Periodontal Care

• Practice Management

  • Covid-19 specific guidance

Statement of Renumeration:

(Pre Covid)

Scottish Dental Website:

GDC Standards for the Dental Team:

Register a place

How to book a place on the Mandatory Training

To register for a place, please go to the NES Portal and create an account.

Once you have created an account, go to ‘iBooklet’ and use the ‘Search for …Face to Face Training’ tool. Search for ‘Mandatory Training’ use ‘Book Now’ to complete your booking. You will need to book each part separately, as required. On completion of your bookings, your place will be confirmed and we will contact you to allow you to confirm your booking for your Test of Knowledge Assessment.

Where an application for GDC Number is in process but not yet been issued please select No GDC Registration.


Part 1 fees £150 Covers the 1.5 days of training required ONLINE ONLY

Part 2 fees £200 Covers the 2 days of training required ONLINE ONLY

The fee for the Test of Knowledge Assessment will be £50 payable at the time of registration for the course to allow access to training materials. Certificates will be issued after completing and passing the test.

CPD Certificates for course attendance are available via Portal.

Test of Knowledge Assessment

Access to practice tests is available once you have paid for your test of knowledge assessment.  We recommend as much practice as possible in advance of the course. Please note that the course does not cover all content of the test of knowledge, additional resources are signposted in the practice test itself.

If you have not recieved login details after purchasing access to the test of knowledge please check your spam folder.

You will not be able to complete the Test of Knowledge Assessment, under examination conditions, until you have completed your appropriate mandatory training days.

Once these have been completed, candidates will then have 6 weeks in which to complete the online assessment at an invigilated centre.

The TOK cannot be taken unless the Mandatory Training days are undertaken in conjunction with it. Repeating the TOK outside the allocated six week time period will require candidates to also do the training days again.

Conditions of assessment

Test of Knowledge Guidelines (pdf)

List of Centres:

• Aberdeen Dental Education Centre

• Centre for Health Sciences, Inverness

• Dundee Dental Education Centre

• Edinburgh Dental Education Centre

• Glasgow Dental Education Centre

Dates of Invigilated Assessments

Once your application has been received the dates and centres will be emailed to you. If you have travel plans that require prior knowledge of dates please contact the mandatory training team by email. You can then begin practicing Test of Knowledge ahead of your test. If you do not receive notification please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs can be found here

Mandatory Training Dates for 2020 - 2021


As a result of the ongoing situation with Coronavirus we are monitoring Scottish Government information on the most appropriate management of travel and events. Should we need to cancel Mandatory Training or a Test of Knowledge assessment, due to government advice, a full refund will be issued.

For the latest personal health advice on Coronavirus, check the NHS Inform pages. 


Wednesday 11th November 2020 (Online)

Thursday 12th November 2020 (Online)

Friday 13th November 2020 (Online)


Wednesday 17th February 2021 (Online)

Thursday 18th February 2021 (Online)

Friday 19th February 2021 (Online)


Contact information

If you have any queries re Mandatory Training, please email: