Registration as a dental care professional who has a qualification from overseas (outside the EEA)

​The information on this page is only relevant to you if:

  • you have never been registered with the GDC before; and
  • you have a dental care professional qualification from overseas.

How do I apply for registration? 

As a dental care professional (DCP) who has a DCP qualification from overseas, you can apply for assessment. If your assessment is successful you will be eligile for registration. You will need to complete an assessment application form and ensure you have all the additional documents we need.

Requesting an assessment application form 

You can request an assessment application form online via eGDC by selecting ‘Apply to register’. Please note, you will be asked to complete the route to registration questionnaire. Once you have submitted this, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your proforma. Please allow 10 working days for us to assess your details. The proforma is not an application form.

The information submitted will be reviewed and you will be notified by email of the appropriate application form and guidance you need to submit to apply to register with the GDC. The application pack contains further details about the information you are expected to provide with your application.


Please read the following document for information regarding the assessment process.  

DCP Assessment FAQ (316.7 KB, PDF)

What documents will I need to send with my application? 

It is advisable that you do not compile any documentation until you have received your application pack and read through all of its contents. Along with your completed application form, you will need to send:  

  • a completed learning outcomes form relevant to your DCP title (this will be issued with your application pack);

  • a certified copy of your valid passport or ID card issued by an EEA Member State, clearly showing your photograph and personal details as well as the expiry date of the document;

  • a passport sized photograph of yourself that has been signed on the back by your character referee;

  • a certified copy of your qualification certificate;

  • a certificate of current professional standing, otherwise known as a certificate of good standing;

  • a certified copy of the syllabus from the course you were studying;

  • a certified copy of the transcript of marks for your course;

  • references from colleagues and employers referring to your experience and knowledge as a dental care professional;

  • evidence of any relevant postgraduate qualifications;

  • evidence of any relevant training courses or CPD;

  • a certified copy of your change of name document, if necessary;

  • translations of documents which are not issued in English;

  • evidence that you have the required English language standard necessary for registration. Details on the requirements can be found in our English language controls guidance;

  • one photocopy of your whole application.

The application pack contains detailed guidance for the information required with your application. Incomplete applications will be closed and returned without assessment.

Please note that we released the revised education guidance 'Preparing for Practice' in the application process of all non-UK qualified applicants on 01 January 2016. You can view the curricula using the link below:

Preparing for Practice (revised 2015) (1.3 MB, PDF)

The 'Preparing for Practice' curricula curricula details the learning outcome requirements for Dental Care Professionals (DCP) in the UK. These learning outcomes will be used in the assessment of overseas qualified DCP applicants wishing to apply for registration.

How long will it take?

When we receive your application, we will: 

  • contact you by email to confirm we have received your application within five days;

  • check your application and documents within four weeks of receipt of your application;

  • contact you if there is a problem with your application, this could include returning your application if it is considered incomplete. A complete application means an application that is ready to be assessed without any missing documentation;

  • forwarded your application to the next available assessment panel if it is considered complete;

  • inform you of our decision on your application (in writing) - the Council has a maximum of four months from receipt of a complete application to inform an applicant of  its decision. 

It is an offence under section 39 of the Dentists Act 1984 (as amended) to use a DCP title without being registered with the GDC.

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