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Dental DCT Equivalence (NCDCE)

National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence (NCDCE)

A process has been developed to facilitate applications to Specialty Training posts from individuals who have not followed a standard UK training pathway (Dental Foundation, Dental Core Training). The process can also be used by applicants for DCT3 posts if they have not already undertaken a DCT2 post.

A dentist who wishes to apply for Specialty Training is required to demonstrate the competencies acquired at the end of UK Dental Core training year 1 (i.e. outcome 1) at the time of interview and of UK Dental Core training year 2 at the time of post commencement. This is currently the case for the majority of dental specialities. If a dentist has not undergone UK Dental Core Training year 2, they may apply for the National Certification of Dental Core Equivalence. If the dentist considers that they have acquired experience and/or training which should be regarded as equivalent to DCT2, they can apply for the National Certification of Dental Core Equivalence.

Further information and guidance notes [PDF]

If you wish to register for the equivalence process please provide your details at the link below:

Equivalence process login details request form

Important dates


  • Wednesday 1 December at 10.00 am - Window for expression of interest opens.


  • Tuesday 18 January at 10.00 am - Applications open.
  • Tuesday 8 February at 4.00 pm - Application window closes.
  • Friday 11 February at 4.00 pm - Window to upload evidence closes.
  • Wednesday 17 February - Tuesday 2 March - Applications to be considered by the assessment.
  • From 17 February - Applicants will be advised of the panel’s decision.
  • Unsuccessful applicants can appeal the outcome.

PLEASE NOTE - The NCDCE process is only for applicants who are applying for Specialty Training.

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Last updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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