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Applicants with Refugee or Temporary Protection Status

The Dental Council have established a new registration pathway for Dental Health Professionals with refugee status or temporary protection, in the Republic of Ireland. To avail of this new pathway to registration you must be in receipt of evidence of your status in the State.

If you qualified outside of the EU and do not have refugee or temporary protection status in Ireland, your pathway to registration is via our Dental Council Examination.

Making an Application

Please carefully review the checklist below. This will outline all the documents that you must submit to make an application. All documents must be sent by email to

Please check that your scanned documents are clear and the full page has been copied before emailing them to us. The only documents that must be sent by email and post is your application form and professional declaration.

If you are sending your documents in multiple emails please be sure to include your full name in the body of each email.

Helpful information to guide you in submitting a complete application:

Document Checklist [PDF]

Ways to prove your language proficiency [PDF]

Example of Completed Declaration of Professional Good Standing [PDF]

Documents to be completed by you:

Assessment Application Form [PDF]

Declaration of Professional Good Standing [PDF]

Please complete these documents in English and post the originals to: Registration Department, Dental Council, 57 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Mentorship Programme

The Guides below set out all the information you need to know about Periods of Adaptation (PoA) and the Dental Council’s Mentorship Programme.

To get a full understanding of our Mentorship Programme, you will need to read both the ‘PoA Guide for Mentors’ and the ‘Guide to Completing your PoA’.

Information for Mentees:

If you have been offered a period of adaptation (PoA) from the Dental Council, please review the following guide to ensure that you understand what you must do next.

Guide to completing your PoA v2 [PDF]

Appendix A – Character Reference [word doc]
Appendix B – Self Assessment Form [word doc]

Information for Mentors:

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please review the following ‘PoA Guide to Mentors’.

You should also familiarise yourself with the above ‘Guide to Completing your PoA’ to understand exactly what will be expected of your mentee throughout this time.

PoA Guide to Mentors V2[PDF]

You can only seek approval to become a mentor for a dentist that has received an official PoA Offer Letter, issued by the Dental Council.

An official PoA Offer Letter will set out the deficits that your potential mentee is required to undertake during their PoA and the duration that will be approved when paired with a Mentor.

If you are ready to seek approval, follow the details set out in the Section ‘How to seek approval’ in the ‘PoA Guide to Mentors’.


Looking after your mental health is important!

The Practitioner Health Matters Programme in Ireland is a non-for-profit organisation.

“Practitioners can go through difficult periods in their lives and may experience stress, burnout, depression, anxiety or other conditions such as alcohol or drug misuse. Seeking confidential medical help is the most appropriate way to deal with these conditions.”

You will find more information on their website: HOW CAN WE HELP? – Practitioner Health