The Dental Council have implemented minimum language requirements under the provisions of Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC. This means that applicants, from
1 November 2018, for registration must be proficient in the English language to obtain registration.
Applicants that graduated from a Dental Council accredited course in the Republic of Ireland are not required to submit proof of proficiency in the English language.
You will be deemed proficient if;
- Your primary qualification, or a subsequent post-graduate* qualification in the field of Dentistry, was undertaken in English. or;
- You practiced as a fully registered dental professional in a member state, whose official language is listed as English, for 3 years out of the 5 years preceding the submission of your application. Countries outside of the EU that have English listed as an official language may be considered. or;
- You obtained an OET Certificate that meets the minimum scores set out below. This Certificate must have been obtained no more than 2 years prior to the submission of your application for registration. or;
- You obtained an Academic IELTS Certificate that meets the minimum scores set out below. This Certificate must have been obtained no more than 2 years prior to the submission of your application for registration.
*For the purpose of language requirements, a post graduate course must be 3 years in duration or more. If you are relying on 3 years cumulative training in more than one post-graduate programme, this must have been obtained within a 5 year period.
Acceptable proof of proficiency in the English language that must accompany your application;
- Obtained through qualification
- Stated on your certificate, supplement or academic transcripts.or;
- A letter from your University, with the following listed;
You must submit an original letter on headed paper.
- your full name,
- the duration of the training programme and
- confirmation that you completed the entire programme, to include examinations, in English.
- 3 years, out of the preceding 5 years, practise
Please note that the registration department will assess the information provided and make a judgement as to whether it is deemed satisfactory evidence of competency in the English language or whether you will be required to sit an English language test.
- a certificate of full registration from a member state, where English is listed as an official language, and
- a certificate from the relevant competent authority stating that you have been fully registered and engaged in full time practice for 3 years in the preceding 5 year period.
- Where (b) is not obtainable you may submit employer's references to confirm;
- that you have been engaged in the relevant dental profession to which you are applying;
- the duration of employment;
- the location of employment;
- the nature of employment (full or part-time post);
- confirmation that the work undertaken by you was done so primarily in English.
- English language test
- OET (in dentistry) Certificate
- Academic IELTS Certificate
You must submit an original certificate and have obtained it no more than 2 years prior to the submission of your application for registration. You must obtain the minimum scores set out below:
|Modules ||OET (for Dentistry) ||IELTS (Academic)|
|Listening||minimum score of B||minimum score of 7.0|
|Reading||minimum score of B||minimum score of 7.0|
|Writing||minimum score of B||minimum score of 7.0|
|Speaking||minimum score of B||minimum score of 7.0|