1. ADC Examination: Initial Assessment Process Explained

The ADC examination process along with initial assessment has been explained in this article. You can also watch the video for the same if you are unwilling to read the text.

The dentist who has got his or her bachelor dental degree from a non-Australian institution needs to pass the skill assessment test/examination conducted by the Australian Dental Council and register themselves in Dental Board of Australia to practice as a general dentist in Australia or to get a job in public or private sector.

The ADC test/examination is a screening examination to establish that dentists trained in dental schools which have not been formally reviewed and accredited by the ADC have the necessary knowledge and clinical competence to practice dentistry. 

Following are the steps, an overseas dentist needs to go through to qualify the ADC examination: 

  • Initial assessment  
  • ADC preliminary examination  
  • ADC practical examination 


In the initial assessment process the following documents will be assessed by ADC: 

  1. Your professional qualification (bachelor degree) 
  2. Your work experiences 
  3. Details of your dental registration or all registrations if you have/had in various countries. 
  4. Good standing stated by registering authority 

You are eligible for initial assessment by Australian Dental Council, if you have a dental degree of your own country or any country which is recognized by the Australian Dental Council. 

As a dentist, you can get assessed by ADC at any time of year by submitting a duly filled initial assessment of professional qualification application form. 

Once the application form and supporting documents have been received, you will be assigned an ADC candidate reference number. This number should always be used when you contact the ADC. 

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