How to apply for the ORE

​Before you complete your application, please ensure you have read and understood the information on our 'Before you apply' page here

You can apply for the ORE online via eGDC by selecting ‘Apply to register’. Please note, you will be asked to complete the route to registration questionnaire. 

Following completion of the online application process, you will be issued with a personalised application form to download, print, sign and submit along with your supporting documents.  Submitting an online application form could reduce the time it take to process your application.

Alternatively, please download and complete the application form below. You can submit your application at any time of the year, however please note that the form should be sent to the Exams Team no later than three months after it has been completed and signed.

Please read all of the documents carefully before applying. You should also read the GDC Guidance on English Language Controls document, for full details about our English Language Requirements and the evidence you should submit.

Please see the following guide to assist with completing your ORE application:

Please read the guidance notes within the application form and make sure that you submit the correct documents. Please note that we will only accept applications that include a NARIC Statement of Comparability in addition to a copy of your primary dental degree certificate. 

Incomplete or out of date applications cannot be processed and will be returned.

NOTE: The GDC will occasionally identify and remove inactive candidates (those candidates who have not booked, or attempted to book, onto any Part 1 examination) from the ORE Part 1 waiting list. This is to ensure that numbers waiting to sit the examination reflect those candidates who are actively interested in sitting the examination and to ensure that candidates on the waiting list have met necessary application entry requirements, which can be subject to change. Please note that candidates have a maximum of five years to complete the ORE from first attempting Part 1.

What happens next

When we receive your application, we will: 

  • send you an acknowledgement by email within five working days.
  • check all your documents.
  • contact you if there is a problem with your application.
  • contact your referees. For further information, please read ORE Application Reference Check (213.9 KB, PDF)
  • email you eGDC account log-in instructions once your application has been successful.

Once you have set up your eGDC account, and once exam dates have become available, you will be able to book your exam online using eGDC.  

On average we currently estimate that it takes one month from the date an application is received to the date you will join the list. The time it takes to process an application will depend on whether the applicant has included all necessary documents, and on referees responding to our email requests in good time.

If you have any queries please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact the exams team.

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