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Display of Qualifications

Display of qualifications/titles on clinical stationery

The purpose of registration of displayable additional qualifications is to indicate to the public and to other practitioners that, in addition to a primary qualification, a dental surgeon has acquired knowledge, skills or experience which is available for the benefit of patients.

Dental Surgeons should be encouraged to upgrade their knowledge, skills and experience, whether as General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) or after attaining specialist status. The qualification or title must indicate that the dental surgeon has achieved a genuine advancement in expertise and experience and provided the dental surgeon with a quantum leap in knowledge and expertise.  Acquired titles that are displayed should not be merely cosmetic.

As required under Section 31 of the Dental Registration Act, dental practitioners shall not use any qualification other than the qualifications which are entered in the Register of Dentists in respect of him, or which have been approved by the Council for his use. 

Recognised Additional Qualifications (AQs)

Council has maintained a List of Displayable Additional Qualifications (AQs) with abbreviations [PDF, 386KB] recognised to date. This list will be updated on regular basis.

Criteria for recognition

The criteria for recognition and registration of displayable additional qualifications (AQs) can be found in the Revised Guidelines on the Display of Additional Qualifications or Titles.

The Credentials Committee makes recommendations on the criteria of AQs and applications to display qualifications that are not basic degrees. 

To apply for registration of additional qualifications

A dental surgeon seeking to display a qualification or title should apply online to the Singapore Dental Council. 

The online application will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Before you commence, please check if the qualification is listed on the List of Displayable Additional Qualifications (AQs) with abbreviations [PDF, 386KB].

Documents to be submitted

(A)  For qualification(s) that are on existing list of recognised displayable additional qualifications

Please get ready the following documents before you proceed with online application for display of additional qualifications:


verified true copies of the higher degrees to the Singapore Dental Council. Verification of certificates can be done by Council's officer (please bring along original certificate to SDC)

This is only applicable if the qualification is attained prior to 1 January 2017. All other qualifications shall be treated as “new” qualification and be processed as listed in "(B) For new qualification(s)” below. 


(B)  For new qualification(s)

You are required to get ready the following before you proceed with online application:


verified true copies of the higher degrees to the Singapore Dental Council. Verification of certificates can be done by the issuing institution or law firm or Council's officer (please bring along original certificate if request to be verified by Council's office)


Name of the conferring body for the additional postgraduate qualification;



Is the conferring body recognized by the country's Dental Council, Accreditation Board or a relevant authority;



The period of training required;



The pre-requisites for admission to the course (e.g. does the conferring body / academy require a certain number of years of practice before the candidate is eligible);



A certified true copy of the certificate confirming the award of the qualification;



Syllabus: subjects,length of study, abstract of thesis (if relevant);



Method of assessment (e.g. whether the candidate had to sit for a postgraduate specialty exam) and the criteria on which it is awarded;



Proof of recognition of qualification in country of awarding body. Please state the name of the recognizing body;



Can the qualification be displayed in the country of awarding body?



Is the qualification conferred eligible for specialist accreditation in the country of awarding body?



Suggested abbreviation for additional qualification, if relevant (to provide evidence of the most widely recognized abbreviation for the qualification in the country of awarding body).



If the qualification involves a specialty recognised by the Dental Specialists Accreditation Board (DSAB), the applicant shall complete an application form requesting for the DSAB to certify that the qualification fulfils the criteria for Basic Specialist Training (BST). This form will be sent to the applicant through email after the applicant has submitted the DQ applications to SDC. 

Additional qualifications not accepted for display

For additional qualifications that are not related to patient-care, Council recommends that they will not be accepted as displayable qualifications and should not be listed on their clinic stationery. Dentists, however, can include non-patient care qualifications or titles on their own business (not clinic) cards or stationery.

After online submission

After submitting your online application, you are requested to make an appointment to call at SDC’s office personally, bringing along the following documents for verification:

(a)  Original higher qualification(s) submitted earlier.

Source Verification

The applicant must arrange for an original Letter of Verification (LV) for such qualification to be sent to the SDC directly from the awarding institution.

The LV may be submitted to SDC through the following modes:

1) By email: The LV must be sent from the conferring institution's official email domain to SDC at  (preferred mode) OR

2) By mail to SDC.

LVs must be on the letterhead of issuing authorities/conferring institutions and contain the following information:

  • Name of graduate;
  • Date of entry into programme;
  • Date of graduation/conferment;
  • Title of qualification conferred

Applications with no original LVs received by SDC will be deemed as incomplete and the processing of the application will be held in abeyance pending the receipt of the LV.

Please note that SDC shall not be responsible for any payments incurred by the applicant and/or interested parties arising from the request of the letters of verification.


Processing time

Minimum processing time for AQ is 2 weeks.

Minimum time taken for a decision on a new qualification is two months from the time all supporting documents including source verification confirmation, are received by SDC.

Fees Payable (Non-refundable)

The following fees are payable upon online application:

(i)            Application fee of $50.00 per qualification.

Mode of Payment : e-payment (Visa / Mastercard / iBanking).