2022 DENTAL COUNCIL EXAMINATION FOR NON-EEA TRAINED DENTISTS
- First-time applications for the 2022 Dental Council examination will be accepted between Tuesday 8th February and Tuesday 15th February 2022. Applications received outside of this date range will not be considered..
- Please note that the Dental Council is accepting a maximum of 15 new applications for the 2022 examination. This is due to capacity issues arising from the high number of candidates already in the examination process and who are eligible to repeat a part of the examination, as per the examination regulations. It should be noted that once all examination places have been allocated, the application window will effectively close.
- Places will be allocated on a strict first-come, first-served basis to new applicants who have submitted fully completed applications. Incomplete applications will be returned.
- A reserve or standby list will be in operation in the event that a new applicant or repeat candidate fails to accept an offer of a place
- Applicants should be aware of the Dental Council's language proficiency requirements; dentalcouncil.ie/languageproficiency.
- Examination dates will be confirmed in due course. However, we can confirm that part one will be held in April 2022
- The structure of Part 1 of the examination was changed in 2018. It includes three written papers as follows:
- 'Health' - including anatomy, dental anatomy, head and neck anatomy, oral anatomy, oral histology, oral physiology.
- 'Disease' - including immunology, medicine, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, surgery.
- 'Society' - including law and ethics, regulation of dentistry in Ireland, dental public health, critical evaluation of evidence.
- Part 1 also includes a practical examination in operative techniques (the "Bench Test").
- Each of three written papers in Part 1 will have equal weighting and must be passed individually.
- There is no exemption from the 'Society' paper, and this reflects the importance of the application of knowledge, skills and attitude in an Irish healthcare setting.
- The standard of the examination will continue to be no less than the standard of final year dentistry in Ireland.
- A list of suggested reading and reference material is available on request to assist candidates in their preparation for the examination.
- Due to the impact of Covid-19 on dental practices, we understand if candidates cannot provide evidence of having practised dentistry continuously in 2021. However, if you have, and can provide information as part of your application, then please do so where possible.
- Examination dates will be confirmed in due course.
- Due to the general uncertainty caused by the pandemic, arrangements may have to be changed at short notice.
- For candidates not living in Ireland, it will entirely be a matter for candidates to consider their travel arrangements and the potential impact of Covid-19 related restrictions.
- Candidates not living in Ireland will also need to consider the possibility of a period of quarantine or restricted movement if travelling to Ireland. The Department of Foreign Affairs website can be consulted for updates in this area:www.dfa.ie
- Repeat candidates are required to confirm their intention to re-sit the relevant part of the 2022 examination. Failure to confirm will count as an attempt and an examination place will be made available to a new applicant through the operation of a reserve list.
- An up-to-date letter of good standing, up to date work history and repeat fee will be required in order to confirm your place.
23 December 2021