Graduates from the three faculties of dentistry in Quebec are required to pass the examination of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ) in order to obtain a permit to practise dentistry in Quebec or in the rest of Canada. By ensuring that a dentist is capable of practising the profession independently, the ODQ is fulfilling its mandate to protect the public.

The purpose of the examination, administered by the National Dental Examination Board of Canada (NDEB), is to assess a candidate's understanding and mastery of the technical knowledge and skills acquired during his or her training. The examination is administered in two steps: candidates take the Written Examination, and then the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). They may give their answers in French or English. 

Registration information

At least five or six months prior to the examination date, the Registrar's Office of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec notifies all fourth-year Quebec dentistry students that they must pass the exam in order to obtain their permits. The exam is normally held around the first weekend in March. Once they have registered for the exam with the NDEB, it will send them further details on the process.

For more information on the examination, including content, fees, dates, rules and previous examinations, or to download a registration form, visit www.ndeb.ca.