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DCT2 Equivalence process

The National Certification of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Competencies

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 a Certificate of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Competencies. If the dentist considers that they have acquired experience and/or training which should be regarded as equivalent to DCT2, they can apply to the Certification of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Panel to have this confirmed.

Further information and guidance notes [PDF]

Equivalence process login details request form

Important dates

  • Monday 2 August 2021 at 10.00 am - Applications open.
  • Monday 4 October 2021 at 4.00pm – Application window closes
  • Thursday 7 October 2021 at 4.00 pm – Window to upload evidence closes
  • Monday 1 November 2021 –  Thursday 16 December 2021 – Applications to be considered by the assessment panel.
  • From Monday 1 November 2021– Applicants will be advised of the panel’s decision.
  • 20 December 2021 –  Wednesday 19 January 2022 – Unsuccessful applicants can appeal the outcome.

Contact us

If you have any queries or require further information please contact:

nes.dentaldct2equivalence@nhs.scot


Last updated: Thursday, July 29, 2021

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