Specialist Disciplines

Fellowship and Membership – What is the difference?


Candidates for Fellowship (SDP) are required to have a broad and deep theoretical knowledge with clinical application in all aspects of the Specialist Dental Practice.

Fellowship in a Specialist Dental Practice discipline represents the assessment and peer review of a candidate at an advanced level. This follows the completion of a period of specialist experience gained after the completion of a higher university qualification in that discipline. It is seen as a continuation of learning and professional development in that discipline.


Membership in Specialist Dental Practice is granted in recognition of a candidate’s standing as a specialist in their discipline.

Candidates may sit for the Membership examination in a Specialist Dental Practice discipline within 6 months of completion, or following completion of, an approved University program or an equivalent course and qualification as approved by the relevant Board of Studies.

Assessment of candidates is conducted by the RACDS or in conjunction with another institution which has a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the RACDS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all supporting documents are required to be certified copies of the original. Please refer to the certification guidelines on the RACDS website. Please do not send original documents.

The relevant forms can be found on both the Fellowship(SDP) and Membership(SDP) webpages.

Enrolment forms can be sent electronically.

Each year the College will publish the College fees online. Refer to the Membership – Specialist Dental Practice (SDP) or Fellowship – Specialist Dental Practice (SDP) sections.

Enrolment in a Specialist Dental Practice examination does not include a mentor arrangement; however the College highly recommends you seek advice from senior specialists; particularly Fellows of the College for advice on case report preparation and viva voce examination techniques.

If you obtain Membership or Fellowship in a specialist dental practice discipline, it does not mean you will be eligible for registration or to practice in Australia. Please contact the local regulatory authority in your country of practice for information about registration.

Your first resource should be the Rules leading to Membership and Fellowship in GDP and SDP followed by the SDP Handbook.