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What's New

  • Nov 9 President's Announcement Ms. Kris Bailey, President of the Council of the College of Denturists of Ontario, wishes to announce that Dr. Glenn Pettifer, the College’s Registrar & CEO will resign from his position effective January 3, 2022. Read More
  • Nov 5 COVID-19 Booster Dose Eligibility Expanding to Denturists The Ontario government is expanding the eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to regulated health professionals beginning Saturday, November 6, 2021. Read More

Qualifying Examination

The Qualifying Examination is typically administered twice each year. The most up to date exam information can be found below.

February 2022 Qualifying Examination


Exam Dates

  • MCQ Exam - Online Remote Proctored - Tuesday, February 8, 2022
  • MCQ Candidate Orientation - Online, non-mandatory - Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • OSCE Exam - Saturday/Sunday February 26 and 27, 2022, Hamilton, Ontario
  • OSCE Candidate Orientation - Online, non-mandatory - Tuesday, February 22, 2022


Registration Deadlines

Registration Opens - Monday, November 15, 2021.
  • Initial application deadline (For applicants not yet an exam candidate) – Friday, January 7, 2022
    • For initial application forms click here.
  • QE registration deadline (For current exam candidates) – Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    • For QE Registration forms click here.

OSCE Location


David Braley Health Sciences Centre, McMaster University
100 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario



In the event that candidate registration exceeds the OSCE capacity maximums, the following order will be followed to ensure a fair exam allotment:

  1. Initial Application Candidates who will be attempting the Qualifying Examination for the first time since registration in 2021 or 2022.
  2. Repeat Candidates who were not assigned or did not attempt the Fall 2021 exam date
  3. Repeat Candidates prioritized by initial application approval date (effective date) on which they first became an approved examination candidate.
  4. Candidates (and Repeat Candidates) who forfeited their assigned Fall 2021 exam date
  5. Repeat Candidates who have reattempted the exam least amount of times



Vaccination Policy:

McMaster University has implemented the following vaccination policy:

  • All individuals involved in the CDO’s OSCE examination (candidates, assessors, standardized patients, exam administration staff) are seen as visitors under this McMaster University policy.  A visitor is defined as anyone who goes inside a building at any McMaster location for a consecutive 15minute period or for a total period of at least 1 hour during a 24-hour period.
  • According to the current, recently announced McMaster policy, ALL VISITORS  to the University are now required to download and use the McMaster Safety App and to use the app to upload and provide proof of FULL COVID-19 vaccination.  FULL COVID-19 vaccination status is applied to individuals where 14 or more days have passed since they received either the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series.  
  • This proof must be uploaded at least one hour before the first time you attend a McMaster location. As a result of this policy, all exam candidates and exam personnel are required to download the app and upload proof of FULL COVID-19 vaccination before your first attendance at the exam location.  As a candidate, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have met this requirement before arriving to register for the CDO OSCE examination.  You will be required to confirm that you have met this requirement at the time you first register for the examination (Day 1 of the exam). 
  • If you are not vaccinated or have only been partially vaccinated, this policy prohibits you from attending the CDO OSCE examination. There are no exemptions from this policy.  Consequently, if you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and are registered as a candidate you will not be permitted to take the examination at that time.  You may also request a full refund of your Examination Registration fees with no administrative penalty.   
  • This policy is implemented by McMaster University and any visitors to their campus must abide by this policy.
  • The College only has access to the information posted publicly by McMaster University on its website.  You may direct questions you have regarding this policy and using the McMaster Safety App to McMaster University’s Human Resources Services by phone (905-525-9140 ext 222-HR) or email (

Contingency Plan:

In the unfortunate event that the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic results in further governmental restrictions affecting building capacity, ability to congregate indoors, and/or physical distancing requirements that may result in the cancellation of a specific OSCE administration, we will reprioritize candidates based on their prioritization order. This means that if one OSCE administration has to be cancelled, candidates with a higher prioritization sequence will be given the first opportunity to take the next OSCE administration. This may result in the shifting of some candidates to the next available administration.

While this will be an extremely unfortunate situation, this procedure is based on procedural fairness with higher sequenced candidates having had to wait longer for the next OSCE exam proportional to lower sequenced candidates. We of course hope there will be no disruption to the proposed exam schedule.





Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes in government directives that can be brought to bear in response to changes in the character of the pandemic, the College reserves the right to change, cancel or amend any examination dates. 

COVID-19 Precautions and Measures

The College has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan for the Qualifying Examination. The Safety Plan outlines the infection prevention and control measures that the College will institute to safeguard the wellbeing of candidates, standardized patients, exam administrators, exam assessors and College staff.

Please click here to view the College’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.