The National Certification of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Competencies

A process has been developed to facilitate applications to Specialty Training posts from individuals who have not followed a standard UK training pathway (Dental Foundation, Dental Core Training).  The process can also be used by applicants for DCT3 posts if they have not already undertaken a DCT2 post.

A dentist who wishes to apply for Specialty Training  is required to demonstrate the competencies acquired at the end of UK Dental Core training year 1 (i.e. outcome 1) at the time of interview and of UK Dental Core training year 2 at the time of post commencement.  This is currently the case for the majority of dental specialties.  If a dentist has not undergone UK Dental Core Training year 2, they may apply for a Certificate of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Competencies. If the dentist considers that they have acquired experience and/or training which should be regarded as equivalent to DCT2, they can apply to the Certification of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Panel to have this confirmed.  Further information and guidance notes are available here.


 Important dates:

Monday 2 August 2021 at 10.00 am – Applications open.

Monday 4 October 2021 at 4.00pm – Application window closes.

Thursday 7 October 2021 at 4.00 pm – Window to upload evidence closes.

Monday 1 November 2021 –  Thursday 16 December 2021 – Applications to be considered by assessment panel.

From Monday 1 November 2021– Applicants will be advised of the panel’s decision.

20 December 2021 –  Wednesday 19 January 2022 – Unsuccessful applicants can appeal the outcome.


If you have any queries or require further information please contact Dental DCT2 Equivalence