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Man pointing at skills signIn addition to accreditation, upgrading your skills through a bridging program or other courses and workshops is an important part of your journey to becoming a dentist in Canada. As a dentist, you must continually update your knowledge and skills on new dental procedures and practices. You can benefit from the various opportunities for ongoing learning and professional growth are offered through continuing education courses and seminars.


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Skills upgrading

You may have strong technical skills, but often that is not enough to get a job or maintain it afterward. As a dentist you are expected to have the following skills:

    • Ability to handle back to back patients
    • Handling multiple clients at the same time
    • Good knowledge of using power tools
    • Attention to details

You may need more training or skills upgrading, especially with regards to your soft skills.

Dentistry requires advanced language abilities in reading, writing, and speaking. Having strong skills in one or both of Canada’s official languages – English or French – is extremely important for your future in Canada. Whether you choose to focus on learning or improving English or French will depend on which of the two languages most people speak in the area where you intend to live.

You may be eligible for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. Otherwise, you can find other free or affordable classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL) classes through the school boards or settlement agencies.

There are even language courses to teach you professional terminology, such as job-specific language training and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT) in Ontario. And, if you already speak one of Canada’s two official languages at a high level, learning the other one is a good option, as it may offer you better employment opportunities.

If you intend to be self-employed you may require advanced business skills as well as financial resources to establish and maintain the practice.


Many immigrants take further education after coming to Canada. Some even want to change careers or enhance their careers with a Ph.D. or MBA.

Click here for links to Universities and Colleges across Canada where you can find the courses and subjects that interest you.

Bridging programs

Bridging programs are a good way to transition from your international experience and training to the Canadian workplace. Many colleges, universities, and immigrant-serving agencies offer engineering-related bridging programs or workshops. You may be eligible for one. Do some research to find a program that’s suitable for you.

Bredin Centre for Learning
Health Career Centre
The Centre provides internationally educated health professionals with the necessary tools to become successfully licensed in their Health Care Profession in Alberta/Canada. Participants will be assigned a Career Coach, based on their Profession, that will guide them through the licensure and employment process.

British Columbia
University of British Columbia
International Dental Degree Completion Program
This program is offered to graduates of international dental programs that are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. This two year program will lead to the awarding of the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree.

University of Manitoba
International Dentist Degree Program
This program is offered to graduates of international dental programs that are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

University of Toronto
International Dentist Advanced Placement Program
This program is intended for graduates of non-accredited dental programs that have not been recognized by The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada and prepares them to take the NDEB examinations. After successful completion of this 5-month program, students are fully integrated into the third year of U of T’s four year Doctor of Dental Surgery Program (DDS), leading to the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery.

University of Western Ontario – London
ITD – Internationally Trained Dentists Program
Held over two academic years beginning in May/June, the Program leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS).  Upon successful completion of the ITD Program and the NDEB Written and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, candidates will be eligible for licensure/registration as a dentist in all Canadian provinces (a French proficiency exam is required for licensure in Quebec).