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DCT2 Equivalence process

National Certificate of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Competencies (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 specialities. If a dentist has not undergone UK Dental Core Training year 2, they may apply for the National Certification of Dental Core Equivalence. If the dentist considers that they have acquired experience and/or training which should be regarded as equivalent to DCT2, they can apply for the National Certification of Dental Core Equivalence.

Further information and guidance notes [PDF]

Equivalence process login details request form

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 the 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.

Contact us

If you have any queries or require further information please contact:

nes.dentaldct2equivalence@nhs.scot


Last updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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