Applications for the conjoint examination can be made by submitting a MSDP03 – Enrolment for Conjoint Membership Examination. To have your eligibility assessed for a College Membership examination, you will need to submit a MSDP02 – Assessment of Eligibility for Membership by Examination. If assessed as eligible, you will then be invited to submit a MSDP04 – Enrolment for Membership Examination for your chosen examination.

The Handbook – Membership and Fellowship in Specialist Dental Practice has been amended and the new version is effective from 6 May 2020. Download the current version of the SDP Handbook. All applications received after this date will be assessed against this document. The key changes are:

  • Updates to reflect the introduction of new Membership categories to replace the Subscription process of the program’s eligibility
  • Removal of reference to “College Council” to be replaced with the “Board of Directors” to reflect the new Governance structure of the College

Examination PathwayOverseas ResidentAustralian Resident
Assessment
Assessment of eligibility to sit membership examination in SDP$629.00$629.00
Membership examination
Enrolment $3,784.00$3,784.00
Appeal fee$6,000.00* $6,000.00*
Admission to Membership$320.91 $353.00*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/18 to 30/06/19)$612.73$674.00*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/19 to 30/06/20) $624.55$687.00*
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) PathwayOverseas ResidentAustralian Resident
Assessment
Assessment of eligibility to sit membership examination in SDPn/a n/a
Membership examination
Enrolment $3,784.00$3,784.00
Appeal fee $6,000.00*$6,000.00*
Admission to Membership$320.91$353.00*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/18 to 30/06/19) $612.73 $674.00*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/19 to 30/06/20) $624.55 $687.00*
Transitional ArrangementsOverseas ResidentAustralian Resident
Transitional Arrangement Assessment Application Fee$1,514.00 $1,514.00
Notes
1. All fees are in $AUD.
2. Membership in Specialist Dental Practice (SDP) is offered in the following disciplines: endodontics, oral medicine, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, special needs dentistry, periodontics and dental public health.
3. Fees marked with asterisk (*) denote GST inclusive, otherwise fees are GST free.
4. 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).
5. For more information, please refer to the RACDS Specialist Dental Practice (SDP) Handbook and other relevant policies (including refunds) which are available on the website.

Conjoint examination arrangements

RACDS has an MoU with the dental schools of four Universities – The University of SydneyThe University of QueenslandThe University of Western AustraliaUniversity of Otago and Griffith University. Please refer to Appendix 1 of the Handbook – Specialist Dental Practice for a list of eligible specialities.

Candidates who complete programs at these universities may apply for Membership examination conjointly with their exit examination from those universities.

The College has a conjoint arrangement with the Faculty of Dental Surgeons of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The conjoint examination MOrth/MRACDS(Orth) is held twice per year – May in Edinburgh and November in Adelaide.

For more information on RCSEd examinations, please visit https://www.rcsed.ac.uk/exams/our-exams.

The College also has a conjoint arrangement with the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong in the Specialist Dental Practice discipline of Dental Public Health (Community Dentistry).

The College offers Membership in eight different specialities. If you have completed a three (3) year postgraduate qualification in Australia or New Zealand you may be eligible to undertake the Membership examination in your chosen Speciality.

If you have completed your qualification outside Australia or New Zealand, you are still eligible to apply for an Assessment of Eligibility to sit the Membership examination however you will need to provide additional documentation e.g. evidence of program accreditation in your country of study.

The Assessment of Eligibility application will determine if you are eligible to sit the Membership examination and applications are assessed by the relevant Board of Studies on a case-by-case basis.

The College Membership examinations are held annually in August. The location will be at the College offices in the Sydney CBD. It is likely you would be required to attend in person for 1-2 days.

The cut-off date to submit an application for Assessment of Eligibility is 1 April each year. This leaves enough time for the College to make an assessment of your qualifications and experience.

The form you need to submit is the MSDP02 – Assessment of Eligibility for Membership by Examination. The fees do change each year, so please refer to the College Fees.

If your Assessment of Eligibility application if approved, you will be invited to enrol in the examination and submit case reports by 1 May. The MSDP04 – Enrolment for the Membership Examination form and fee applies.

Each candidate is responsible for covering the costs associated with travel, accommodation and other expenses incurred while attending Sydney for an examination. Attendance will be no more than 2 days and all other parts of the process can be completed online. The College will be happy to provide general advice on location, accommodation and transport.

The Membership examination for Specialist Dental Practice includes a written paper, a viva voce based on unseen case/s, a viva voce based on previously submitted case report/s and a viva voce based on your chosen speciality with general discussion.

You may be exempt from the written paper component if you have completed your specialist qualification in Australia or New Zealand within the last 3 years.

SDP Handbook for specific information regarding the examination structure and content.

If you are a Member or Fellow in General Dental Practice you can still pursue Specialist Dental Practice. Specialist Dental Practice is intended for people practicing as specialists. A general dentist who is interested in a specialist discipline but who does not hold any specific qualifications in that field will not be eligible to sit a Membership examination in Specialist Dental Practice. The RACDS has many Members and Fellows who have chosen to undertake Membership and/or Fellowship in both fields.

No, you will only need to pay one annual fee if you hold a qualification in GDP and SDP.

The results of the examination will be published on the College website within a week of the exams taking place. A letter will also be sent to you advising of the results by e-mail.

If you are unsuccessful, you will be notified at the same time as the successful candidates. The examiners will produce a report within six weeks of the exam with constructive feedback designed to assist you with future attempts. The Registrar – SDP will be available to discuss the feedback with you should the need arise.

There is no reason you cannot try again the next year, however you will need to submit a new Enrolment form.

If you pass the Membership examination you would be invited to submit an Admission to Membership application and be able to use the Post-nominals in your chosen speciality.

Completing any of the College programs can contribute to professional development, recognition, career pathways and will give access to College events and opportunities for advancement to Fellowship (SDP).

Members and Fellows enjoy a collegial experience and there are often opportunities to become actively involved with College activities. Members and Fellows may be invited to act as assessors, examiners, mentors or members of a Committee or Board of Studies.

A conjoint examination means the College holds an agreement with a separate University or international College to allow candidates to sit one examination and receive two qualifications. This agreement is called a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

RACDS has a MoUwith the dental schools of four Australian Universities –The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, University of Otago and Griffith University .

Candidates who complete programs at these universitiesmay apply for Membership examination conjointly with their exit examination from those universities.

The College would send an examiner to contribute to your exam at the University, and if successful, you would be invited to receive Membership in your chosen Speciality.

RACDS has a conjoint arrangement with the Faculty of Dental Surgeons of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The conjoint examination MOrth/MRACDS(Orth) is held twice per year – May in Edinburgh and November in Adelaide

RACDS also has a conjoint arrangement with the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong for Dental Public Health (also known as Community Dentistry). The conjoint examination is usually held in January each year.

You will need to submit a MSDP03 – Enrolment for Conjoint Membership Examination and indicate on the form which exam you are intending to complete.

Enrolments for conjoint examinations do not require a separate assessment of eligibility form.

The respective University or international College will set the requirements and be in charge of the structure of the conjoint examination.

No. All the examination requirements, including case reports, are set by the respective University or international College.

By choosing this pathway, you are omitted from sitting a separate examination at the College. Other than submitting a form and paying a fee to RACDS, there are no additional requirements you would need to fulfil to receive Membership.

There may be advantages to sitting exams while you are immersed in study at University, as opposed to when you are practising clinically and have not studied or been examined for some time.

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