Mandatory training (Dental)

Welcome to the Scottish Dental Mandatory Training programme

There is a statutory requirement to complete the dental mandatory training course for any dentist wishing to join the dental list in Scotland for the first time ** or those who have had a period of absence from an NHS list of twelve months or more. 

We have been asked by Scottish Government to set up this training, to assess those who attend and to issue certification to those who successfully complete it. This certification will be required by a territorial Health Board before they can issue a list number.

** unless they are coming straight from satisfactorily completing dental vocational training

What does mandatory training involve?

Frequently asked questions on mandatory training [DOC]

Mandatory training involves the attendance at one or two parts of the course, followed by an online assessment, called the Test of Knowledge. At present all face to face training is limited, therefore courses will be held as a series of online lectures and webinars.  

Applicants must commence practicing the Test of Knowledge in advance of the course as resources are signposted within the practice questions.

The ability to pass Test of Knowledge requires both attending all the sessions as well as learning from the additional resources.

Applicants to the dental list in Scotland who are currently working on an equivalent list in a primary care dental setting in the rest of the UK will have automatic exemption from part 1 of mandatory training but will be required to successfully complete Part 2 plus test of knowledge. The first part covers those matters of which it is expected that practitioners to have experience through working in the UK.

Parts 1 & 2 (7 sessions) for dentists who have not worked on an NHS list in Scotland or the UK within 12 months.

Part 2 only (4 sessions) to include all dentists who have completed Part 1 as well as Dentists who are currently included on a dental list in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and have not worked in Scotland within 12 months (required to complete Part 2 only).

All applicants must complete a personal development plan. The document can be found here

Click here for Programme, Session links and Handouts

Click here to find out how to book

Contact us

Email: mandatory.training@nes.scot.nhs.uk