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Specialist list application pack

Update: Following a pause on the assessment of specialist list assessed applications (‘mediated entry’ applications) due to the impact of COVID-19, both the GDC and Specialist Advisory Committees (SACs) have resumed the assessment process. Please note timeframes may increase whilst the initial expected peak of applications are progressed.

Application forms for entry to specialist lists

To apply please download the relevant application form. Carefully read all the guidelines when preparing your application to ensure that you are applying via the appropriate route. If you completed a GDC-approved UK specialty training programme (leading to the award of a CCST), or you are a Swiss dentist, please see the relevant sections below.

You will need to submit a separate application for each speciality you wish to apply for.

CCST applicants

If you have completed the GDC-approved specialty training leading to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST), please do not use the application forms above. The application forms for the award of a CCST and entry onto the relevant specialist list will be sent to you once we have received the Form of Recommendation from the UK regional deanery under which you trained.

Swiss applicants

You may be able to apply to be on the Specialist List if you are a Swiss dentist within the meaning as given by the European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) (EFTA States) (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 and you are currently registered as a dentist in the UK with the GDC. 

If you consider you fall under this category, please contact [email protected] and include the following: your nationality, whether you hold specialist dental qualifications from outside of the UK, or if you have knowledge and experience derived from academic or research work. The assessments team will provide you with the relevant application pack. 

 Your application will be assessed against your individual circumstances.  

Assessed application on the basis of academic or research work

When preparing an application for entry to any of the specialist lists on the basis of academic or research experience, please refer to the guidance first.

Complete applications

Applications are only complete when all the documentation requested in the application form has been submitted. We always require original or certified copies of documentary evidence.

The GDC encourages applicants to be explicit with the evidence they submit for assessment. Evidence submitted for entry to the Specialist List will be assessed on the basis of equivalence to the training leading to the award of a CCST. 

Processing Times

Applications for entry onto a specialist list that do not require an assessment may take up to six weeks.

Applications for entry onto a specialist list requiring an assessment may take up to four months from the date of our receipt of a complete application.

Fees

All applicants need to submit a registration fee of £345 with each application. If you are applying for entry in November or December, you will also need to pay the annual specialty retention fee of £72 (per specialty) for the following year. Payment will be processed once an application has been confirmed as successful for the following year.

If you are enclosing original documents with your application and would like these returned by recorded delivery, please add £10 to your payment amount.