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Dentistry mandatory training

There 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 of mandatory training only and the Test of Knowledge. All other candidates will have to complete Part 1 & 2 and Test of Knowledge.

We 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?

Frequently asked questions on mandatory training [DOC]

Mandatory training involves the attendance at a two part course, followed by an online assessment, called the Test of Knowledge. At present all face to face training is suspended, therefore the November 2020 Mandatory Training Course will be held online.

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.

Parts 1 & 2 (7 sessions) for dentists who have not worked on an NHS list in Scotland or the UK within 12 months.

Part 2 only (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.

Register a place

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. On completion of your bookings, your place will be confirmed and we will contact you to allow you to confirm your booking.

If your application for your GDC number is in process but not yet been issued please select Role: 'No GDC registration'.


Parts 1 and 2 fees £350 covers the 3 days of training (7 sessions) ONLINE ONLY

Part 2 fees £200 covers the 2 days of training (4 sessions) ONLINE ONLY

In addition to the above, 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 after the course via Portal.

Test of Knowledge (TOK) assessment

Once you have registered for the relevant mandatory training course (and test of knowledge) you will receive a login and password for the test of knowledge and will be able to start using the practice site. We recommend practice as much as possible in advance of the course.

The test of knowledge assessments will be held online on various dates following completion of the course. These dates will be available on TURAS learn.

Please note that the mandatory training course does not cover all content of the test of knowledge, additional resources are signposted in TURAS Learn as well as in the practice test itself.

You will be required to sit and pass the test of knowledge within six-week of completion of the mandatory training course. You will be allowed 3 attempts per sitting and a maximum of 3 sittings in total. If you need to sit the test of knowledge outside the allocated six-week time period, then you will be required to also do the training days again

Mandatory training dates for 2020 

  • Wednesday 11th November 2020 (Online)
  • Thursday 12th November 2020 (Online)
  • Friday 13th November 2020 (Online)

Mandatory training dates for 2021 

  • Wednesday 17th February 2021 (Online)
  • Thursday 18th February 2021 (Online)
  • Friday 19th February 2021 (Online)
  • Tuesday 11th May 2021 (Online)
  • Wednesday 12th May 2021 (Online)
  • Thursday 13th May 2021 (Online)
  • Tuesday 14th September 2021 (Online)
  • Wednesday 15th September 2021 (Online)
  • Thursday 16th September 2021 (Online)

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Last updated: 27/09/2020

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