National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence (NCDCE)

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 National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence (NCDCE). If the dentist considers that they have acquired experience and/or training which should be regarded as equivalent to DCT2, they can apply to have this confirmed.  Further information and guidance notes are available here.


 Important dates:


Tuesday 2 August at 10.00 am – Application window opens.

Tuesday 6 September at 4.00 pm – Application window closes.

Friday 9 September at 4.00 pm – Window to upload evidence closes.

Monday 12 September – Wednesday 28 September – Applications to be considered by the assessment panel.

From Wednesday 5 October – Applicants will be advised of the panel’s decision.

Unsuccessful applicants can appeal the outcome.

PLEASE NOTE – The NCDCE process is only for applicants who are applying for Specialty Training.

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