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The GDP Handbook contains detailed program information:

  • Program requirements
  • Modules
  • Examinations 
  • Reading Lists
To obtain a copy of the Handbook click here.


To view a copy of the exams and assessments timetable click here.


Candidates will have access to various resources, modules, presentations, forum groups, documents and past exam papers on their tailored Learning Management System (LMS) homepage.
The Preparation for Fellowship Success is a preparatory two and half day workshop which provides candidates with the opportunity to participate in interactive sessions which have been modelled on the format of the Final Examination.


FRACDS(GDP)  info@racds.org

Fellowship (FRACDS) in General Dental Practice

 Orientation Course for the Primary Exam
40% discount for 2020 candidates
Date: 7 July  5 August
Delivery methods: Zoom and eLearning

Enrolments due 
Friday, 26 June 2020

 Primary Examination
Written Paper 
Date: 30 Nov–2 Dec 2020
Location: Online

viva voce
Date: 8–14 Dec 2020
Location: Online

Enrolments due
Friday, 9 October 2020


 Final Examination
Written Paper 
Date: 11-12 Jan 2021
Location: Various

viva voce
Date: 18-20 Jan 2021
Location: Sydney CBD

Enrolments due 
Friday, 13 November 2020

Fellowship is the highest academic level of achievement with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. A Fellow of the College:

1. Maintains high ethical standards, is a role model and demonstrates leadership in the profession.
2. Is a highly skilled and proficient practitioner with comprehensive experience in general dental practice.
3. Has significant depth and breadth of scientific knowledge and comprehension of evidence-based practice gained from enquiry, professional development and clinical experience.
4. Completed rigorous examination and assessment, in which they displayed critical evaluation, integration of this knowledge and understanding of contemporary dental evidence into their clinical practice.

How do I become a Fellow in GDP?
There are three pathways to Fellowship in GDP: (1) Primary Examination , (2) Exemption or (3) the MRACDS(GDP) Program.

Primary Examination
The Primary Exam consists of study and examination in the areas of Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Pathology and Microbiology. The aim is for candidates to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of the basic sciences and, importantly, their relationship to clinical dental practice.

The exam is in two parts:

  • six two hour written papers, with two subjects scheduled on each of three consecutive days
  • viva voce examinations of ten minutes duration are conducted in each of the six subjects. The focus is on the candidate’s ability to effectively communicate knowledge.

Exemptions from the Primary Examination

Candidates who have completed a University higher degree in research or a degree leading to a specialist qualification in the health sciences which is no less than two (2) years full time study or its equivalent may be eligible for an exemption from the Primary Examination. 

If you are granted exemption from the Primary Examination, then you must still pass the Final Examination to be awarded FRACDS(GDP).

Documentation that the College requires in order to apply for exemption from the Primary Examination:

  • completion of Exemption form for the Primary Examination 
  • most updated Certificate of Registration to practice in your jurisdiction (must be verified
  • certificate of University BDS Qualification (must be verified)
  • certificate of University postgraduate Master’s Degree qualification (must be verified)
  • clear proof that the postgraduate qualification was two years, was full-time and the start and finish dates (if the university cannot provide the above information they must be contacted and advised of this)
  • a two year postgraduate program can be: Masters, PHD or DClinDent.

The Application for Exemption from the Primary Examination (GDP) form can be found here.

The College is proud to offer candidates two unique preparatory courses Preparation to Fellowship Success and Web-based Education Program (WBE) to maximise success and grow confidence for passing the Final Examination for Fellowship.

Final Examination
The Final Exam assesses clinical and theoretical knowledge in an experiential context, over a broad base of general dental practice. The exam comprises both written papers and a viva voce. The Final Exam focus is on the candidate’s ability to effectively communicate knowledge which demonstrates they can:

  • Make informed clinical assessment and analysis
  • Consider a diagnosis with evidence of the application of diagnostic or surgical sieves and the selection of appropriate treatment modalities
  • Demonstrate the ability to justify the management options with reference to current literature and evidence based practice.

Read more about the Final Examination in GDP.

How To Apply
Find out all you need to know about General Dental Practice pathways in the GDP Handbook.

Fellowship - General Dental Practice (GDP)
Primary Examination
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 Fees (in AUD)
Primary Examination Overseas Resident Australian Resident
Orientation Course
Enrolment - member rate
1,930.00* 1,930.00*
Enrolment - non-member rate 2,484.00* 2,484.00*
Primary Examination (viva voce in Australia)
Enrolment - all subjects
2,550.00# 2,550.00#
Enrolment - per subject 590.00# 590.00#
Primary Examination (viva voce outside of Australia)
Enrolment - all subjects
5,750.00# 5,750.00#
Enrolment - one subject 1,147.00# 1,147.00#
Enrolment - per additional subject 538.00# 538.00#
Application for exemption from sitting the Primary Examination 1,179.00# 1,179.00#
Appeal fee  6,000.00*  6,000.00* 
  1. The Orientation Course in 2020 is held online.
  2. Fees marked with asterisk (*) denote GST inclusive. Fees marked with pound/hash (#) denote GST free.
  3. For more information, please refer to the RACDS General Dental Practice (GDP) Handbook and other relevant policies (including refunds) which are available on the website.


Fellowship - General Dental Practice (GDP)
Final Examination
1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 Fees (in AUD)
Final Examination Overseas Resident Australian Resident
Preparation for Fellowship Success workshop
2,095.00* 2,095.00*
Final Examination
3,046.00# 3,046.00#
Enrolment for unsuccessful subscribed candidate
- Part l or Part ll only
1,815.00# 1,815.00#
Appeal fee  6,000.00*  6,000.00* 
Admission to Fellowship 320.91# 353.00*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/18 to 30/06/19) 624.55# 687.00*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/19 to 30/06/20) 624.55# 687.00*
  1. Fees marked with asterisk (*) denote GST inclusive. Fees marked with pound/hash (#) denote GST free.
  2. The Preparation for Fellowship Success workshop will be held over three (3) days.
  3. The annual fee is payable on the 1st day of July each year. All unpaid annual fees by the 31st of August each year will attract a monthly late payment surcharge. Members or Fellows who are elected to Membership or Fellowship during the year will pay a pro rata annual fee based on the whole months remaining in the financial year (FY).
  4. For more information, please refer to the RACDS General Dental Practice (GDP) Handbook and other relevant policies (including refunds) which are available on the website.