Fact Sheet – Dentist

Last updated: December 2019

Regulated profession:

  • Dentist
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
3113 Dentist


Regulated titles:

  • Dentist
  • Licentiate of Dental Medicine

National body:

Other organizations:

Application Process: (for professional registration)

Credential verification:

Language proficiency:

  • See MDA Language Proficiency Policies
  • Individuals applying to a qualifying / degree completion program (see below) must meet the language proficiency requirements of the academic institution.

Qualifying/degree completion programs:

Professional competency profiles:


Membership associations:

 Employment outlook:

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Job search tools:

  • See MDA information on job opportunities and dental practices available to purchase in Manitoba.
  • To search job postings in any occupation visit:
    • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
    • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

 Related occupations / Alternate careers:

There are many reasons an internationally-educated dentist may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

Listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of oral health including research, sales, and education.  While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification.  Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3411 Dental assistants
4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers – dental health consultant
6221 Technical sales specialists – dental equipment and supplies
0311 Managers in health care
4021 College and other vocational instructors
4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.