Apply for registration

Apply for registration

Registration with the GDC depends upon certain criteria. Here you can find out if you are able to apply for registration, if your qualifications may need to be individually assessed, or if you will need to pass the overseas registration exam before you can register. This information is a guide only, and you will need to answer the route to registration questionnaire to find out what you need to do next.

Please note, as of 1 April 2014 all UK qualified dental professionals must complete an application form dated November 2013. We will no longer accept any other previous versions.

Dentists

Eligibility for registration
Full registration without assessment of qualifications is available to the following people:
  • Those with a UK dental qualification.
  • Those who have successfully passed the ORE or LDS.
  • Those with a qualification gained before 01/01/01 from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia with the exception of BChD MEDUNSA, BDS awarded between 01/01/97 to 31/12/00 and BChD Western Cape awarded before 31/12/97.
  • Exempt persons with a scheduled dental qualification from the EEA.

Complete the route to registration questionnaire to find out more.

Eligibility to apply for individual assessment of knowledge and skill
If you do not meet the criteria for full registration, please check the following points to see if you are eligible to have your qualification assessed. If the assessment is successful, your name will be entered onto the Dentists Register however registration is not guaranteed under this route. The following persons may be eligible to apply for individual assessment of knowledge and skill :

  • Exempt persons who have qualified overseas, but whose qualification has been accepted in another EEA Member State, qualifying them to practise in that State as a dentist.  The GDC can consider all dental qualifications, knowledge and experience wherever acquired in the assessment.
  • Exempt persons who have qualified overseas and whose qualification has not been accepted in another EEA Member State.  The GDC can only register an individual whose basic dental training meets relevant European standards.

Complete the route to registration questionnaire to find out more.

If you do not meet any of the above criteria:

  • The overseas registration exam (ORE) is a two part exam which tests the clinical skills and knowledge of dentists who are not eligible for registration or assessment. Applicants are able to apply for full registration once they have passed ORE.
  • Temporary registration allows dentists who are not eligible for registration or assessment to practise dentistry if they have had the offer of a supervised post for training, teaching or research purposes, for a limited time.

Complete the route to registration questionnaire to find out more.

Dental care professionals

The professions that make up the dental care professionals group are dental nurse, dental technician, dental therapist, dental hygienist, orthodontic therapist and clinical dental technician.

Eligibility for registration
Full registration without assessment is available to the following people:

  • Those with a recognised UK qualification.  

Complete the route to registration questionnaire to find out more.

Eligibility for assessment
If you do not have a recognised UK qualification, please check the following points to see if you can have your qualification and/or experience assessed. If the assessment is successful, your name will be entered onto the DCPs Register. Assessment is available for the following people:

  • Those with a formal qualification from an EEA Member State.
  • Those with a formal qualification from overseas.

Complete the route to registration questionnaire to find out more.