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Important Notice
Applications for 2019 are now open

Examination Rules
The following items are not allowed in the examination venue for practical and written examination:
  • Cellphones
  • Any paper or electronic devices
  • Watch
  • Bags
Should any of the above be found in your possession, you will be disqualified from taking the examination

Please note that there is no remarking for both parts of the examination because the written examination is a multiple-choice question and the OSCE is an event examination

NB: An application that does not meet any of the prescribed requirements will be rejected.
Applications to write Medical Board Examinations f
Foreign qualified practitioners wishing to practice their profession in South Africa may apply to the Health Professions Council. If such application meets all requirements as prescribed in the regulations regulating the registration of persons who hold qualifications not prescribed, the applicant will be invited to write the medical board examination and the earliest that applicants from this round will write the board examination is October 2019, with the practical component of the examination set for November 2019.
In terms of regulation 4 of the regulations regulating registration of persons who hold qualifications not prescribed:
“An application by any foreign qualified person for registration as a health practitioner in any of the professions registered under the Act shall be made on the prescribed application form obtainable from the professional board concerned, and shall be accompanied by -
a)    a certified copy of the applicant’s identity document or passport;
b)    a copy of the degree certificate or other basic qualification, certified by a notary public, and a sworn translation thereof into English; Copies of degree certificates or other basic qualification certified by a Commissioner of Oaths or Justice of Peace will not be accepted.
c)    a certified copy of the official and detailed curriculum of the applicant’s course of study, the specific courses, the content of education (theory) and training (practical/clinical), and the duration and mode of examination/evaluation;
d)    such verification of credentials as may be required by the board, the Medical and Dental Board recognises verifications of credentials conducted by the Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) confirming verification of:
            d.1       medical qualification;
           d.2       transcript of the qualification;
           d.3       registration with a regulatory body where practitioner was practising his/her profession.
           d.4       intern duty certificate issued by a regulatory body or hospital/institution where internship was conducted outside the republic of South Africa.
e)    in the case of an application for registration in a profession for which internship training is a requirement, a certificate of completed training as an intern or of similar training or experience obtained elsewhere and the programme for such training;
f)     in the case of an application for registration in the category of independent practice, proof of compliance with the requirements of section 25(3A) of the Act;
g)    an original certificate of good standing, which shall not be more than six months old, issued by the foreign registration authority where the applicant is or was registered;
h)    a letter of endorsement issued by the national Department of Health for - registration confirming the employability or placement of the applicant,
i)      the prescribed board examination fee.  Applicants SHOULD NOT go ahead and pay the examination fee before their application has been confirmed compliant with all requirements
  1. Applications that are not supported by a recent Certificate of Good Standing from a regulatory authority, as proof that the applicant worked in the territory issuing the Certificate of Good Standing, will not be considered.
  2. Certificate of Conduct or Certificate of Character from a Medical School is not the same as a Certificate of Good Standing and may therefore not be used in place of a Certificate of Good Standing.

1.1. Board Examination for competence. This is for foreign-qualified practitioners and practitioners required to take this examination for restoration of their name to the register.
The Board’s dental examination is organised into three parts, theoretical and practical. The examination will be conducted on the Board’s behalf by one of the South African dental schools. Unless otherwise stated, the examination will take place once a year, the time to be determined by the Board in collaboration with the dental school assisting the Board.
Part I
This comprises MCQs in bioethics to test the candidate’s knowledge of the ethical guidelines of the HPCSA.
Click here  for Ethical guidelines
Candidates must pass Part I to be eligible for Part II
Part II
This comprises two written papers and will assess the integrated knowledge of all domains of clinical dentistry, including the theoretical and biological aspects which are considered vital knowledge for the general dentist to practice safely without hazard to the patient. Papers may comprise any combination of different types of assessment such as multiple choice questions, extended matching questions, short answer responses to complex case presentation, radiographic diagnosis and any other forms of assessments the Board may determine. 
Candidates must pass Part II to be eligible for Part III.
Exemption: exemption from Part II will be granted if the candidate has passed equivalent examinations set in other countries for foreign-qualified practitioners. Examples are the UK Overseas Registration Examination (UK); the National Board Dental Examination (USA);  the Written Examination of the Australian Dental Council. Candidates may apply to the Board for the recognition of other similar examinations.
Part III
This will comprise practical examinations testing the following clinical skills in a skills laboratory on simulated models.
Endodontics: Procedures to be carried out on an extracted bicuspid tooth are access cavity, canal preparation and obturation. Candidates will be supplied with appropriate instrumentation which will include an air turbine, speed-increasing handpiece, hand and rotary instrumentation and obturation materials.
Operative dentistry: A two-surface composite restoration on a posterior typodont tooth. Candidates will be supplied with a speed-increasing handpiece, an appropriate matrix system and restorative materials.
Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery: (a) to demonstrate the administration of an inferior alveolar nerve block local anaesthetic; (b) to demonstrate the placement of forceps for the extraction of all teeth; (c) to demonstrate / explain the surgical extraction of roots and third molars.
Prosthodontics:  (a) to survey a cast of a partially edentulous case and to draw suitable designs for an acrylic- and metal-based removable partial denture; (b) to carry out a preparation for a ceramo-metal crown on a posterior typodont tooth; (c) to carry out a preparation for an all-ceramic crown on an anterior typodont tooth and to fabricate a provisional crown for that tooth. Candidates will be supplied with the following:
For part (a): a surveyor and a template for the design;
For part (b): a speed-increasing handpiece, with appropriate burs
For part (c): a speed-increasing handpiece, with appropriate burs; a straight handpiece with appropriate burs for the provisional; a thermo-formed coping of the unprepared teeth; a polyethyl methacrylate for the provisional crown with suitable instrumentation; access to a laboratory for completion of the provisional crown.
Candidates may bring their own instruments and burs and are highly advised to use magnification in the form of appropriate loupes.
A pass for each of the above assessments is required in order for the candidate to pass Part III.
Exemption: exemption from Part III will be granted if the candidate has passed equivalent examinations set in other countries for foreign-qualified practitioners. Examples are the Part 2 of the Overseas Registration Examination (UK); the National Board Dental Examination (USA); the Practical Examination of the Australian Dental Council. Candidates may apply to the Board for the recognition of other similar examinations.
A maximum of three (3) attempts may be made to pass each Part of this examination. A fourth attempt may be considered at the discretion of the Board one year after the unsuccessful third attempt. The applicant is expected to undergo further training during this period. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain such training and provide proof thereof.
Once the Board examination has been passed, the candidate will be registered in the category of Supervised Practice in an accredited dental training institution for a minimum of 12 months in order to become familiar with the clinical profile of patients in South Africa and to show competence in all areas of general dental practice.
Incomplete/non-compliant applications will be returned to the sender.
Documents to be submitted
Application for registration Form 12
Intern Duty certificate Form 10
This form should be completed and send directly to Philadephia in USA ECFMG form
Checklist Click here
All practitioners must send the proof of payment to
There is no re-mark for the written and practical examination. Inquiries regarding the examinations should be directed to HPCSA’s administration and not to the University.

Important Notice:

The board examination is a single examination which consists of two parts, namely the written examination and the practical examination; should a candidate be unsuccessful in the practical board examination he/she will be required to do the whole examination (Written and Practical) in his/her next attempt. Foreign Qualified Medical Practitioners are allowed to write the board examination, not more than three attempts within two (2) years to complete the Board examination. 
Additional Information regarding Board Exams
  • The list of candidates eligible to take examinations will be sent to the examination centre. Should it happen that your name is not on the list. You will not be allowed to sit for examination.
  • Candidates are expected to be in the venue an hour before the examinations’ starting time
  • Candidates will be required to produce the following:
  • two recent passport size photographs; the first one will be requested on the date of the written examination, ;the 2nd one will be requested during the Practical examination.
  • Original ID/Passport
  • Letter from HPCSA administration stating that you are allowed to take the examination
Board Examination Guidelines for Medicine

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